ROB LAWSON-- LIFE MEMBERSHIP
Rob Lawson has been awarded Life Membership of the Sherwood/Western Magpies AFC at the 2016 AGM.
Rob has fixture at Chelmer since 1964 when he played for Sherwood in under 15s and was in the first under 17 team in 1965 and was also the first Sherwood junior player to sign up for senior football when the senior teams were formed in 1968. He was a member of the Under 17 premiership team in 1966.
He played senior football for 6 years, being a member of the club's 1970 and 1973 premierships.
He was a nimble left footed winger in those premiership teams. He was transferred to Rockhampton in 1975 and returned in 1977 when he played in the Reserves losing grand final in that year.
After he stopped playing, he continued to contribute to the club as a junior coach and was on the club committee in the early 1990s.
He has continued to contribute to the club with ground preparation and maintenance, a huge job he has done for many years.
His son Michael was a Sherwood player in the 1980s and his grandsons Jai and Chai also played for the Black and White. Jai is coaching Sherwood juniors after not being able to play due to a badly broken leg and Chai played in the Pies undefeated Under 17 premiership in 2015 and played Under 19s in 2016.
Rob has been a fixture at Chelmer for over 50 years and much of what he does now with the oval maintenance is often unseen but it is a vital part of the the clubs management.
He is a deserved Life Member.
PAUL GRENTELL -- LIFE MEMBERSHIP
Paul Grentell has been awarded Life Membership of the Sherwood/Western Magpies AFC at the 2016 AGM.
Paul moved from Wagga with his family in the late 1970s and his father Allan, a celebrated half forward/rover from Turvey Park in Wagga, was Chairman of Selectors in a number of Sherwood’s premiership years in the 1980s. Allan was also involved in the early years of the Western Magpies.
Paul commenced at the club in 1980 in Under 7s and played junior football through to Under 17s--he played in 5 losing grand finals as a junior (un-Sherwood-like!!).
He then played for West Brisbane First grade 1991-95 (amalgamation of Western Districts and Sherwood)
He moved to Victoria and coached Omeo 1997-99 (B& F 1997, RU in league B & F 1999)
He moved back to Brisbane in 2000 and was one of the instigators of the formation of the Western Magpies and was also First grade captain 2000-01 and was Captain-Coach of the Reserves in 2004.
He was appointed First grade coach in 2005 and coached until 2010 (5.5 years)(replaced half way through 2010). He was a dual Premiership coach in 2006 and 2008 and coached the Pies when they were runner up in 2007.
He was awarded Queensland coach of the Year 2005.
He became Assistant-Coach at Morningside 2011 (when in NEAFL so did not coach against his believed Pies!!) and then moved to Assistant Coach at Brisbane Lions Reserves 2012 to present where he was involved in 2 Lions premierships
Paul is still involved with the Magpies and is willing to help the club in any way he can (despite his sacking in 2010), being involved in coach selection panels, academy coaching and assisted with player reunions in the past few years.
He is still Black and White "through and through".
He has been involved as a player and coach for Sherwood/Western Magpies for 34 years, 16 years in Senior football. He is still involved in coach selection panels and is a confidante of coaches and Board members for his vast knowledge of the game of Australian football, especially in South East Queensland.
Paul will be involved at Sherwood and the Western Magpies for some time to come as his 8 year old son Bodhi will be playing in under 9s this year and Paul will be assistant coach. He and his wife Kirsty also have a 2 year old son Gabriel, so Paul and the Black and Whites will still be an item for many years to come.
Paul is a deserved Life Member.