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"Gut Feelings" II - a weekly collection of thoughts from influential minds deep inside the nest

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"Gut Feelings" II - a weekly collection of thoughts from influential minds deep inside the nest

Andrew Thomson

"Gut Feelings II"

Some deep thoughts from deep in the nest!

  • Broadbeach and Mt Gravatt on top of the QAFL ladder  with a 3-0  record with Palm Beach-Currumbin 2-0 after a first round bye. Cooincidentally, these are the Magpies first 3 opponents for 2018!
  • Two close losses to the Vultures and Cats means the Pies should about the mark to be a top five team and there is no greater test than this week when the Pies travel to the Coast to take on last season's QAFL Premiers Palm Beach-Currumbin on their home turf.
  • Plenty of 'should haves and would haves' getting around voer the years though, the players will be keen to start banking 4 points sooner rather than later
  • Brydan Morgan in his 2nd year as a Senior Coach would certainly almost be allergic to the old chestnut 'honourable loss' having now coached 8 games decided by 15 points or less for just the 1 victory in Toowoomba last year after holding a 57 point lead at one stage in that match! He's certainly due a few close wins!
  • It is still hard to get a good fix on the QAFL this year with Labrador 0-3 and Morningside 1-2, we suspect it will be a few more weeks before a true form guide can be determined. 
  • Good to see Mitch "Sharky" Stallard at the Broadbeach game as he recovers from a broken hand-- geez he hasn't had a lot of luck with injuries. He will likely line up for the Pies when he returns and his silky skills will be appreciated at McCarthy Homes Oval
  • At the Mt Gravatt match Will Fozard did the senior runners job and Matt "Clock" Thompson  was up from Canberra and watched the Reserves before heading off to Gerard Moore's Engagement party.  Not great timing from the big fella scheduling it up against Round 1 of the QAFL!
  • The Magpies Colts sit second on the ladder despite last Saturday’s bye and come up against a PBC Colts team which has only had one game –a narrow 1 point win over Labrador—so is a bit of an unknown quantity. The Pies Colts had a good win in a practice match against the Lions so if that form line holds should be well placed to remain undefeated.
  • The Woodsmen remain undefeated at the top of the QFA Friday night ladder after a strong win over third placed Maroochydore at McCarthy Homes Oval at Chelmer last Friday night
  • Chris Judson again prominent, and Matt Hockley bagging another 6 sausage rolls as well.
  • Scott 'Burnsy' Matthews was impressive, despite at one point (much to the amusement of the crowd) to appear to be running away from the ball when he was working hard back to defence, unaware a Roos midfielder and played on and was running just 2 steps behind him with the ball. Had Burnsy turned around, its possible there would have been a collision as both players seemed completely unaware of each other!
  • With a strong Magpies Reserves outfit, the Woodsmen aren't just being driven by experienced senior players, but an injection of youth. after an injury riddled couple of years, Braydon Thomas was superb on the wing on Friday and will be pushing for a spot in the Reserves before too long.
  • --David “Barts” Bartlet is a fixture at Chelmer and does a power of work off the field to ensure the precinct at McCarthy Homes Oval  is presented at its best each week.
  • Good old Barts is a Life Member of the club and continues to give his all to his beloved Pies. He once again mans the hamburger stand and he makes by far the best hamburgers in the QAFL, daylight second.
  • Bart’s offsider is Robert Hartley who also helps out at Sherwood junior matches where his  grand-son Keaton plays in the Under 14s. Robert says he helps out at the seniors to ensure his grand-son  still has a club he can progress to in Senior football. And he must have been a handy footballer in his day, playing with Sturt in the SANFL and Sandy Bay in Tasmania FL.   Bloody ripper!!
  • Magpies Golf day was held on Sunday, and unsurprisingly the turnout was a little low given it was the bye for the senior squad, a long weekend and Collingwood were in town
  • Winners of the Golf Day Andrew Thomson and Scott Bermingham produced some quality golf to be 2 under par off the stick, with 'Thommo' last seen dashing off to the Gabba to see his beloved Pies almost break his heart yet again.
  • Great to see 6 Sherwood lads taking part in the QLD U16 Academy Series last week, as the club continues to develop quality players from within.
  • Colts Assistant Coach Kiran 'special K' Verma rumoured to have had his best game in many years for the Woodsmen on Friday night, racking up 30+ disposals across half back and actually spoiling a couple of marks and allegedly getting some hardball gets (video evidence required) - turns out he was just trying to impress his young Colts charges who had come along to assist with off field volunteer jobs.
  • Just to underline what a 'footy head' he is, Special K backed up on Saturday morning to play Division 1 football for Yeronga with ex Magpie Coach and Woodsmen footballer Sam Long chasing a few numbers to get his Devils side on the park. not sure how long a 30+ year old body can handle that (perhaps the lack of hard ball gets over the years is the secret?!)