Reid Dobson will coach the Western Magpies Colts in 2017 after coaching the Sherwood U17s last year.
Dobson is a celebrated past player at the Western Magpies, playing in two Senior Premierships, 2006 and 2012, and was awarded the Bill Ryan Medal for best on ground in the 2006 premiership victory over Noosa. He was a tough and strong running rover for the Pies.
He has played over 200 Senior and Reserves matches for the Magpies. He started as a Sherwood junior but played briefly with both Mayne and Mt.Gravatt after the Western Magpies were inexplicably relegated to Division 2 in 2004.
It did not take long for him to return to his spiritual home and he has been a loyal and long serving player and coach at the club ever since.
He played several years in Reserves and won two Reserves Best and Fairest awards in 2009 and 2010 and also won the League Reserves Best and Fairest Award in 2010. He was also in the club leadership group for several years.
He decided to play for The Woodsmen in 2014 having a stellar 2014 season where he won a Premiership, Best on Ground in the Grand Final and backed it up with the Nipperess Medal for Best & Fairest. However, just as he was having a wonderful year in 2015 he injured his knee and required an ACL reconstruction which forced his retirement from playing.
He has continued his coaching development over the past two years and has a strong looking squad primed for a new look Colts competition this year. The Colts competition is now aligned with the senior club and they will play at the same venue as the seniors either at 9.30 am or 4.45 pm under lights.
For some further background Dobbo appeared in the club's "Blast from the Past" series in 2015 and part of that story is reproduced below.
BLAST FROM THE PAST--2015
Reid Dobson played as an inside midfielder for the Western Magpies after brief stints at Mayne and Mt Gravatt Football Clubs. A Sherwood junior Dobbo played for the state at various junior levels and moved through The Western Taipans ranks onto QAFL footy. Dobbo has played a variety of roles including small back and forward as well as the occasional tag in his journey but it is the roving position that Reid flourished. He was instrumental in the clubs 2006 flag kicking multiple goals including one monster bomb from 55m (does get longer at club functions),in the 2012 he was rock solid in the engine room against Palm Beach and was willing to put his body on the line in extremely trying conditions. A loyal and popular member of the club, the Art Teacher is now settled just up the road from the club and was recently married to long term girlfriend Jessica (McEvoy, so now fully embedded to the Magpies!!). He is still passionate about his footy and his club and a possible coaching path may lure him back to senior football down the track. Y