In the 2022 - 2023 financial year our Community contribution was:

$1,177,925.23

1 Glenella Road, Glenella, Mackay QLD 4740 | (07) 49 656 100

Our Management Team

Our Management Team have been appointed by the Board of Directors to ensure that Magpies Sporting Club operates as a successful and award-winning Club, that delivers on our Strategic Plan. Each of our Managers have specialised skills, knowledge and experience within their individual areas of expertise and this ensures that our club is in very capable hands. Our Managers come from diverse backgrounds and share a strong passion, commitment and dedication to Magpies and the contribution that we make to our staff, our members and our community.

DARREN SMITH

General Manager
darren.smith@magpiesmackay.com.au

As General Manager, Darren manages the day to day operations, whilst planning, developing and executing business strategies to enhance all aspects of the club. Darren boasts over 20 years of Senior Management experience in Queensland community clubs, from General Manager roles in Brisbane, to Marketing and Gaming experience, all backed by an Associate Degree Bachelor of Business in Club Management. He relocated from Brisbane to the tropics of Mackay in 2012 specifically to fill the Operations Manager role and he has not looked back. As a sports tragic Darren is a perfect fit for Magpies and its 11 affiliated sporting clubs. He particularly enjoys the community involvement and working as a team to make a positive difference to the Mackay community, and having fun while doing it.

CHRISTIANE CHRISTOFFEL

Financial Controller
christiane.christoffel@magpiesmackay.com.au

Christiane joined the Magpies Team in 2013.  After completing a Bachelor of Business Degree she continued her professional development becoming a Chartered Accountant followed by a Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning.  Bringing many years’ experience from Tax and Business services in Public practice to Commercial Manager in Engineering and Chief Financial Officer/Business operations in Biotechnology.  The opportunity to join Magpies and engage in the Hospitality and Gaming Industry brought a new challenge.  She enjoys working for a successful and progressive club and seeing the benefits of its success being passed on to Club members, affiliates and the local community.

ALAHNA HALL

HR Manager
alahna.hall@magpiesmackay.com.au

Alahna’s passionate about helping Magpies Sporting Club harness the full potential of our greatest asset, our people. While making a real difference in people’s lives by providing them with a workplace that is safe, positive and where they can be productive and fulfilled to do their best work. Alahna holds a Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management), a post-grad diploma in Human Resource Management and is currently completing a HR Certification with the Australian Human Resource Institute. Alahna and her family are true Magpies’, she plays and coaches with Magpies Basketball Club, her daughter plays for Magpies Basketball Club, her husband plays for Magpies Cricket Club and her son has just started playing Rugby League with Magpies Junior Rugby League Club!

AMBER RIES

Marketing Manager
marketing@magpiesmackay.com.au

Our motivated Marketing Manager Amber holds 18 years in the marketing and advertising industry, in 2014 she leapt at the chance to join such a reputable employer in Magpies Sporting Club. Amber graduated from CQ University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) and Bachelor of Professional Communication (Public Relations & Media) and is a Certified Practicing Marketer (AMAMI CPM) and associate member of the Australian Marketing Institute. As the face behind the Magpies brand her day is filled with brainstorming, strategy, graphic design, promotions, social media and advertising campaigns to name a few, she claims it’s an easy job to market an award winning business of Magpies Sporting Clubs calibre.

JESS PEARCE

Food, Events & Reception Manager
jess.pearce@magpiesmackay.com.au

Jess commenced at Magpies in 2017 and bought with her a dynamic background of 13 years hospitality experience, it was this experience combined with her hardworking attitude and customer service excellence that seen Jess quickly progress through the ranks at Magpies leading her to Manager – Food & Customer Services. Heading the operational side of our food offering at Centro Restaurant and Hub Cafe, as well as customer services at Reception, Magpies Courtesy Bus and Skys Function Venue. Jess’s passion for food, and creating an amazing customer experience combined with her strong communication, organisational and leadership skills have her kicking goals at Magpies.

JANET MCGINTY

Functions Manager
functions@magpiesmackay.com.au

Bringing over 30 years of expertise in the hospitality industry, Janet is our well-seasoned Functions Manager. With a Diploma in Hospitality Management, she’s held pivotal roles as a Duty Manager, Food & Beverage Operations Manager, Restaurant Manager, and now, excelling as our Skys Functions Manager. Janet thrives on diversity; from an 8-person conference to a 200-person wedding, she loves being hands-on and ensuring each function is a memorable experience. She enjoys helping guests bring their visions to life and is dedicated to understanding every persons needs and making every event a great success.

JASMINE FUHLBOHM

Duty Operations Manager
jasmine.fuhlbohm@magpiesmackay.com.au

Jasmine joined the Magpies Sporting Club team in 2017 as an ambitious 17-year-old, starting off in the Hub Café. Since then, she has progressed through Magpies’ pathways by working throughout the Club and gaining experience, readying her to fulfill the role of Duty Operations Manager. Jasmine brings a vibrant energy to the Magpies team, brightening the days of members, guests, as well as staff. Her presence and personality are what enables her to sustain a positive work environment for the staff she leads day-to-day. Her commitment to CrossFit exercise is evident of her resilience and ‘have a go’ attitude. Jasmine is a highly valued and passionate member of the Magpies management team and was recently awarded Young Citizen of the Year 2024 at Mackay Regional Council for her amazing efforts in fundraising defibrillators for the community.

SARAH ZAMMIT

Gaming Manager
sarah.zammit@magpiesmackay.com.au

Like many from our Management team, Sarah is a long serving Magpie who has thrived at the club, growing and developing skills whilst relishing in the Magpies family of staff and members.  Sarah commenced employment with Magpies as a casual bar attendant over 10 years ago! Over the years her hard work and friendly disposition has seen her progress through various roles to supervisor and now as Senior Duty Manager  – Gaming.  She thoroughly enjoys her role looking after our amazing patrons in the Players Lounge, whilst inspiring staff as she trains them to learn new skills within the Players Lounge.  Sarah is most appreciative of the many friends and wonderful relationships she has built over the years with staff and patrons alike.

BUDDHI THAPA

Head Chef
buddhi.thapa@magpiesmackay.com.au

Buddhi’s diverse culinary experience began in 2006 in the Hospitality Industry. He moved to United Arab Emirates in 2008, working as a Commis III. In 2011, Buddhi completed a Diploma in Culinary Arts in Nepal. He then continued his success as a Designated Trainer to help open new restaurants in United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Lebanon, Bahrain and USA. Head Chef Buddhi loves the challenge of working at Magpies. Every day is different whether it’s catering for a function of 300 people, providing meals for sponsors at a home game or delivering high quality al a carte meal, Buddhi loves to make people happy by cooking for them. The standard of quality in our meals is reflected with our booked out Centro Restaurant, delivering over 2,000 meals a week. After working in United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Lebanon, Bahrain and USA, Buddhi is bringing a diverse culinary background to Magpies Sporting Club.

PAUL KOCOUR

Head Curator
paul.kocour@magpiesmackay.com.au

Paul Kocour is a highly experienced sports turf industry professional who has spent 26 years in the field, with 20 of those years at management level. He currently serves as the Head Curator at Magpies Sporting Club, a position he has held since joining the club in 2004. Prior to joining Magpies, Paul worked in various roles in the sports turf industry, honing his skills and knowledge of the field. In addition to his extensive experience, Paul holds a diploma in production horticulture, which has given him a solid understanding of plant and soil science, as well as the practical skills needed to manage turf and other vegetation. His expertise in these areas has been a valuable asset to Magpies, where he has been responsible for overseeing the management and maintenance of the club’s sports fields and other green spaces. Throughout his time at Magpies, Paul has demonstrated a deep commitment to the club’s culture and values. He takes pride in the club’s progression over the years and has played an important role in its growth and development. As Head Curator, he has worked tirelessly to ensure that the club’s fields are always in top condition, providing a safe and enjoyable experience for all players.

#MagpiesStaff

There's still 2 weeks left to try our 'Thank Me Later Beef Burger,' created by our talented staff member, Kim. 👌

Each month, our team showcases their best burger creations. 🍔😋

This mouthwatering burger features an Angus beef patty, sliced American cheese, bacon, another Angus beef patty, another slice of American cheese, fried onion, and mayonnaise, all on a soft potato bun. Served with a side of chips, it's available daily from 12-8:30pm throughout May. 

$26 for Members | $29 for Guests. Don’t miss out!
 #MagpiesStaff #CentroSensation #StaffCreations #MagpiesPromo
Teamwork makes the dream work 🙊
#MagpiesStaff #LunchtimePriorities
State V State 👊 Mate V Mate 👊

Get ready for an epic showdown at Magpies Sportsbar…..not sure it will look like this though! 🤣🤣

7.45pm tonight 📺 Women’s State Of Origin Game 1
#MagpiesStaff #MagpiesSportsbar #StateOfOrigin #WomensRugbyLeague
Wow, 14 years today of Ken driving around our members in the Courtesy Bus.  Happy 14 years work anniversary Ken, we appreciate you! #MagpiesStaff #WorkAnniversary #CourtesyBus
Sometimes it’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission. #bringyourdogtowork #bringyourdogtowork #MagpiesStaff
Today we celebrate a remarkable 10 years of dedicated service to Magpies by our Marketing Manager, Amber! 🖤

Amber has been the driving force behind so many of our successes over the past decade, bringing creativity, passion, and unwavering dedication to everything she does. Her innovative ideas, tireless work ethic, and wonderful leadership have played a pivotal role in shaping Magpies and propelling us forward, all while making us laugh with her cheeky antics.

Thank you Amber and congratulations! 
#MagpiesStaff #Celebrating10years
Our staff are sharing their best burger creations each month. Kim took out May with her 'Thank Me Later Beef Burger'. Angus beef patty, sliced American cheese, bacon, another Angus beef patty, another slice of American cheese, fried onion, mayonnaise on a soft potato bun served with a side of chips. Available 12-8:30pm everyday in May. $26 Members | $29 Guests. #MagpiesStaff #CentroSensation #StaffCreations
🎵 HAPPYYYY BIRTHDAYYY TO YOUUUUU! Happy Birthday dear Sarah. You deserve the best day ever! #MagpiesStaff
🙌 Progression. We're proud of you Jazzy. #MagpiesStaff #CareerProgression #EmployerOfChoice
When you haven’t seen your regular in a while!? ☕😂💕
#HubCafe #MagpiesStaff #CoffeeLovers #MadeForMe #FriendlisetClub
A very warm welcome to our Functions Manager Janet Mcginty who commenced with us month!

Janet has relocated from NSW and we are very excited to have her here to lead our SKYS Functions Team. Janet has extensive experience across hospitality management, with a strong background in Events, Functions and Restaurant Management. 

Having worked for some very large and successful clubs including Parramatta Leagues Club and Club Marconi she brings a wealth of experience and knowledge. Please say hi to Janet when you see her around Magpies. 

#MagpiesStaff #SkysFunctions #SkysWedding #SkysCoportate #SkysFunctionVenue
Happy International Women’s Day! 

Today we celebrate the achievements and the inspiring women of Magpies 🖤🤍

#Internationalwomensday2024 #magpiesstaff #inspiringwomen #womenrolemodel #womenofstrength
On International Women's Day we celebrate the achievements and influence of women worldwide. Today, we spotlight one remarkable woman of Magpies...

JASMINE FUHLBOLM | For 7 years, Jasmine has been an integral part of the Magpies family, starting her journey as a youthful 17 year old. What makes Magpies more than just a club for her is the profound sense of community, the familial atmosphere, and the meaningful relationships she has cultivated with both staff and patrons. Magpies, to Jasmine, is not merely an establishment; it's a distinct culture.

Jasmine draws inspiration from her remarkable role model, her mother, whose strength shone through during a challenging time. Losing her partner, Jasmine's father, to a heart attack when she was just 10 years old, she witnessed her mother's resilience and hard work, principles that have become deeply ingrained in Jasmine. The loss of her father compelled her to mature quickly, instilling in her a drive to make a positive impact. Motivated by her personal journey, Jasmine has dedicated herself to a cause close to her heart. In response to her father's passing, she tirelessly raised over $7,000 and heightened awareness about the crucial need for defibrillator machines. Her efforts reached various charities, organisations, and locations within the Mackay community that lacked access to this vital resource.

Jasmine's pride lies in her career at Magpies, a journey that began as a barista and recently led to her appointment as the Duty Operations Manager at the remarkable age of 24. The pinnacle of her achievements was being honoured with the @MackayCouncil 2024 Mackay Young Citizen of the Year Award.

For young women aspiring to carve their paths, Jasmine offers empowering advice: "It's your life, and only you can steer it. Run your own race, and don't get caught up with other people's success. Everyone is different and capable of great things."
#InternationalWomensDay #MagpiesStaff #WomenOfStrength #Inspiration
This Friday marks International Women's Day, a time to celebrate the achievements and influence of women worldwide, recognising the ongoing journey towards gender equality. Let's commemorate the progress in empowering women from various backgrounds and fields. Today, we shine a spotlight on one of the amazing women of Magpies....

JESS PEARCE | Meet Jess, our extraordinary Food, Events and Reception Manager. Born and raised in Bowen, she ventured to Mackay in 2015, fuelled by a sudden desire for change. Seven years ago, she embarked on her journey at Magpies, starting in the Hub Cafe and gracefully rising through every department of the club. 

Jess's story is not just about professional success but also a tribute to her remarkable inspiration, her Nan. A powerful maternal figure, Nan's influence shaped Jess's values and character. The loss posed a significant challenge, altering family dynamics, yet Jess emerged stronger, driven by the legacy of her beloved Nan.

Her ascent to a Senior Managerial position at Magpies is a testament to her dedication and tenacity. As an Indigenous woman, Jess has defied odds and shattered stereotypes, proving that with determination, anything is possible. Her message to young women echoes her own journey: never relinquish hope, take ownership of your dreams, and persist in the face of adversity!

In her journey, Jess found unwavering support and mentorship from her colleagues – Sarah, Kerry, and Michelle. These women inspire her, showcasing the strength of unity and the impact of a supportive community. 

#InternationalWomensDay #MagpiesStaff #WomensRoleModel #Inspiration #StrengthInUnity #IndigenousWomen
On Friday 8th March, International Women's Day serves as a reminder to honour the accomplishments and impact of women globally, while acknowledging the persistent pursuit of gender parity. This day commemorates strides made in empowering women from diverse backgrounds and disciplines. Today, we spotlight one of the remarkable women of Magpies...

XIANGHONG LI | Meet Li, one of our staff members here at Magpies. Originally from Shenzhen, China, a city near Hong Kong, Li embarked on a new chapter in her life when she moved to Australia in 2014 to join her husband in Mackay. Back in China, Li dazzled audiences as a singer and performer, specialising in the mesmerising art of face changing, a highlight act of Sichuan Opera. Her talents have taken her across the globe, with performances in Singapore, Russia, Malaysia, and Indonesia. She recently performed her act at Magpies to celebrate Chinese New Year.

Since joining the Magpies family three months ago, Li has found a sense of belonging and warmth, describing it as a big, welcoming family. Despite facing challenges, including her husband's recent diagnosis of prostate cancer, Li remains resilient and grateful for the support of her colleagues, particularly Kelsey, who has been a wonderful mentor and friend. While hospitality initially sounded daunting to Li, she has since embraced the opportunity Magpies has given her, finding joy in the challenge, and gaining confidence every day. Her advice to women chasing their dreams? Never give up. Persistence is key, and with determination, success is inevitable.

#InternationalWomensDay #InspiringWomen #MagpiesStaff #WomensRoleModel #FaceChanging #BianLian #ChineseNewYear
🌟 Saying goodbye to Kerry, our amazing Duty Operations Manager! 🌟

Kerry originally left Magpies after 21 years and returned for a brief 6-week stint to help us out, she ended up staying for 2 more years! Thank you Kerry, for your unwavering support and dedication and wishing you all the best on your next adventure! 
#MagpiesStaff

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY

Magpies Sporting Club respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land, the Yuwi and Widi people, and we pay our respects to Elders past and present, and to the young emerging leaders.