Western Magpies had four players named in the QAFL Top 50 players for 2017.
Skipper and co-Bill Peirce medallist Drew Mitchell led the way, being named at No 25 on the list in recognition of a strong season in the mid-field.
A breakout season saw Pies 2017 B & F runner up and QAFL representative Tom Ileasi named at No 38 while co-Bill Peirce medallist Gareth Crawford was recognised for a consistent season at the coal-face and came in at No 37.
David Lewis was named at No 47, which is remarkable given he played just over half a season before a knee injury ended his year. His write-up demonstrates why he was named. He also represented Queensland this year.
Certainly Charlie Pershouse in particular could consider himself unlucky seeing as only a few weeks back he was named in the QAFL Team of the Year!
25. Drew Mitchell
A consistent workhorse around the packs, the ball-winner and Magpies skipper was one of the most important players in the black and white this year.
Mitchell seemed to get better as the season went on and his strength around the contest and strong leadership was sorely missed in the final rounds when he missed through injury.
From his fourteen games Mitchell registered in the best players six times and tied for the Magpies best and fairest with Gareth Crawford.
37. Gareth Crawford
Crawford is no stranger to the QAFL Top 50 list, after coming in at number 50 last year. The ball winning beast hasn’t slowed down either; he continues to win the footy for the Magpies in close and go about his business.
As a senior player on a young list at the Western Magpies, Crawford leads the way, consistently providing high level output and physicality around the ball.
38. Tom Ielasi
‘Smart,’ is the word that comes to mind when thinking about Tom Ielasi as a player, but he’s also pretty tidy by hand and foot as well.
A versatile, clever midfielder, Ielasi can play off half back, through the middle and can even pinch hit up forward where he can be particularly dangerous.
Ielasi was deservedly selected in the QAFL representative side this year, played 15 games and was named in his sides best players 10 times, while also kicking 10 goals.
47. David Lewis
Sometimes the best way to notice a player’s value is what happens when they go down with an injury. Lewis’s knee injury caused serious issues for the Western Magpies toward the end of the season and they missed his star quality badly.
The high leaping Lewis takes some great grabs and can be damaging with his kicking when he’s on song.
Of his eight games Lewis featured in the best five times. One of the best highlight reels in the QAFL.