Peter Boyce tied for the GCAFL goal-kicking award with 77 majors and was a commanding presence at Centre Half Forward and Full Forward throughout the season. He kicked 14 goals with Terry Morris adding 12 in a club record 47.26.308 round 18 hiding of whipping boys the Burleigh Bombers.
Bill Ryan lined up for his seventh consecutive Grand Final after the Magpies came from behind to defeat Palm Beach Currumbin in the Preliminary Final. Coolangatta were too good on the big day however, with Gabe Nuspan and Tim Tagliabue in their best players. Stewart, Tribolet, Livingston, McGuane, McMahon and Purcell were best for the Magpies (Click here to read article).
The Barry Rudd coached reserve grade completed another undefeated season with a 22- point win over Broadbeach (Click here to read article). Wally Walsh, Dave Burns and Wayne Morris were amongst the leading lights in a clear demonstration of the Magpies depth.
The biggest news of the 1981 season was the formal application of the Magpies to join the QAFL. Seven years of consistent excellence in the GCAFL had caught the eye of a QAFL. New CEO Ken Murphy and his staff that included Gold Coast identity Ken Hose and former Collingwood defender Andrew Ireland had met with the Magpies administration on several occasions to sound out their interest in an expanded QAFL.