The opening of the new clubhouse at Owen Park was probably the most important steps in the evolution of the Magpies. The clubhouse development was project managed by Wally Fankhauser and built by club Captain Coach Bob Webb. Local councilor Carl Robertson was of great assistance in the process. Alan Mackenzie, Ossie McDonald and Wally Fankhauser were guarantors on the $75,000 loan the club took out for this enterprise. Club legend Bill Ryan was appointed the first secretary/manager of the facility and had with excellent promotion (click here to see an example), service and loyal patronage from a growing supporter base the new clubhouse was a roaring success. Other important volunteers during this period included Bill Hassall, John Gonnard, Gerry Carmody and Frank Atchison.
On the field two more premiership flags were added to a clubhouse wall that was filling fast. Palm Beach-Currumbin and Coolangatta were formidable opponents all season and premiership favouritism fluctuated throughout the year. After a Second Semi Final loss to the previous season’s nemesis in Coolangatta, Ken Clark kicked 10 goals in a best on ground display in the Preliminary Final to lead the Magpies to victory over Palm Beach – Currumbin (click here to read article). The 1979 GCAFL Grand Final was to prove a classic. In a bruising and at times violent affair, the Magpies dominated the first half with Zane Taylor unstoppable at centre half back. A 31-point half time lead was frittered away as the Blues led by as much as three goals during the final term. Zane Taylor was shifted from defence to attack and the game swung back in favour of the Magpies. A Ken Clark goal in the dying seconds gave the Magpies a thrilling three- point victory (click here to read article). The reserve grade also showed great courage in their win over Broadbeach (click here to read article).