Lee Skerman


As General Manager of Magpies Sporting Club, a founding body of Magpies Crusaders, Lee played an integral part in the NPL team, from the successful submission to its success today.  Lee’s strength in business acumen guided the club to a wildly rewarding inaugural 2018 season with a solid business model to ensure the clubs viability for many years to come. 

Darren Smith

Darren Smith


Much to his delight, Darren inherited Magpies Crusaders through his position as Operations Manager at Magpies Sporting Club, a founder of our fledgling NPL brand.  Already a football fanatic, and father to a talented youth footballer in the program, Darren provides valuable business and football input, particularly for the junior aspect of the program.

Dan Burnell

Dan Burnell


Dan joined Magpies Crusaders in July 2018 after a hugely successful 5 years at Western Pride FC. Having initially joined Pride as an under 18 coach, Dan progressed into the senior men’s NPL environment and worked as an Assistant Coach for 4 years culminating in being crowned 2017 NPL champions. Alongside his coaching, Dan was also the Football Operations Manager at Western Pride. His true passions lie in areas of football governance, administration, logistics and day to day club operations. Having played an integral role in building an NPL club from the ground up previously, Dan brings a wealth of Queensland and NPL football knowledge and experience to the Mackay region. He also has family ties to our city.

Amber Ries


Amber has a new found love for Football after her involvement with Magpies Crusaders initial NPL submission, via her role as Marketing Manager for Magpies Sporting Club.  Her Marketing flair created the Magpies Crusaders brand from scratch, quickly establishing the new club and evolving it into a nationally recognised entity within the football community.


Chris Gallo

Chris is a UEFA A Licence coach who brings considerable coaching experience to Mackay.  He is a forward thinking, success driven football coach with extensive NPL experience as a player, Technical Director and Head Coach. Chris has built a wealth of expertise in all aspects of youth and first team coaching, including producing coaching philosophies, curriculum development, player development and coach education. An added advantage is his great understanding of the challenges specific to regional football.