Tag: AFL Queensland

QAFL finals wrap: Cats’ Colts join Seniors in the big dance

GRAND finalists have been set across the QAFL Senior, Reserves, and Colts grades with Gold Coast clubs Labrador and Broadbeach represented across two of the three levels. The Cats will face Maroochydore in the senior decider after the Roos jumped minor premier Labrador in an epic comeback win, but the Tigers’ Reserves and Colts downed Palm Beach Currumbin (PBC) and Morningside respectively to set up final week appearances.

Maroochydore’s epic last gasp victory in the top flight sets up an intriguing grand final meeting with Broadbeach, who will be out to rectify last year’s loss to Morningside after earning the week off. The Roos got the jump with a five goals to one opening term but fell 18 points behind at half-time, and were 22 points down with less that 10 minutes left to play. As Labrador began to rest its guns, a five-goal swing ensued and the Roos saluted to the tune of 10 points, 13.10 (88) to 11.12 (78).

Sam McLaughlin was outstanding for the victors and slotted a key late major, as the likes of Michael Steven (four goals), Lochie Laing and Mitchell Scholard (both three) also found the big sticks throughout. Former-AFL Irishman Pearce Hanley booted five goals for Labrador, while Alex McKay played a key role through the engine room. From an Academy sense, products Mackenzie Riddle (Gold Coast) and Ben Thomas (Brisbane) featured for either side.

While the seniors were done-in, Labrador’s second side defeated PBC by 22 points to secure a spot in the grand final alongside Morningside. Minor premiers across both grades, the Tigers were able to convert on this occasion having set up an early buffer and lead at every break.

Northern Territory native and Gold Coast eligible tall Ned Stevens snared a goal in just his fourth game for the season, having battled a niggling groin injury. Fellow tall Thomas Hofert also got a run for the victors, along with 2002-born SUNS Academy products Bailey Reeves, James Smith, Shaye Walsh, and Riley Johnson. Top-ager Luke Coombes notched his 12th reserves game, while Brinn Little turned out for PBC.

In the Colts grade, Labrador will take on Broadbeach after the Cats downed Morningside on Saturday, restricting the second-ranked Panthers to just two goals from 11 scoring shots in a dominant 46-point victory. State Under 17 squad members Jared Eckersley and Kye Reynoldson were among the Cats’ best, while Cooper Parkes snared four majors in the win. For Morningside, representative selectees Harry Taylor, Thalayn Ryschka, and Bryce Longland all featured in their side’s final game for the season.

Image Credit: Brooke Sleep Photography via AFLQ

2021 QAFL Women’s fixture released

A GRAND final rematch between Yeronga South Brisbane and Coolangatta Tweed opens a much-anticipated first round of action in the Queensland Australian Football League (QAFL) Women’s competition. The QAFL Women’s fixture was released on Wednesday, with last year’s top two sides not having to wait long to face off.

The reigning premiers Yeronga South Brisbane will have the chance to unfurl the flag at Leyhson Park against the Bluebirds from 4.45pm local time on Saturday, February 27. All four games for Round 1 take place on a Super Saturday, with the Coorparoo and Aspley clash at Giffin Park running concurrently with the Devils-Bluebirds game at 4.45pm. In the two earlier matches starting at 2pm, Wilston Grange hosts University of Queensland at Hickey Park, while Bond University takes on Maroochydore at home.

The QAFL Women’s fixture runs for 14 rounds, with a bye over Easter on the weekend of April 3, and then another bye a fortnight later to allow for the 2021 AFL Women’s Under-19 Championships. Special featured rounds this season include an ANZAC Round and a Pride Round, with the latter taking place on Sunday, May 15.

Following the 14 rounds – of which the last concludes on June 12 – there will be three weeks of finals, starting with semi-finals on the weekend of June 19-20, preliminary finals on June 26-27, and the QAFL Women’s Grand Final to take place on Sunday, July 4.

For the second consecutive year, the QAFL Women’s competition will run alongside the AFL Women’s season, which is a benefit for the Brisbane Lions and Gold Coast Suns’ AFLW clubs, according to Queensland State Leagues competition manager Matt Bialkowski.

“The benefit of moving the QAFLW season forward to underpin the AFLW competition allows the Brisbane Lions and Gold Coast SUNS to play their unselected AFLW players in the Queensland State League Women’s competition,” Bialkowski said on the AFL Queensland website.

“This opportunity enables the AFLW players to keep match fit, have access to a high-quality competition and perform at the QAFLW level in an attempt to regain their AFLW spot leading into the AFLW finals.”

One major change in order to allow for the AFLW, the QAFL Women’s sides will now field 16 players and increase their bench side to five (previously four). Younger players in their bottom-age years (turning 17 in 2021) will be eligible to play for their QAFL Women’s side if selected and primarily registered with a youth club. Providing they meet the minimum requirement of youth games, those players can return for the youth finals at the completion of the QAFL Women’s season.

For the full fixture head to the AFL Queensland website.

Picture credit: RF Photography

Q&A: Macie Brown (Coorparoo/Brisbane Lions)

AS the postponement of all seasons commenced over the last week, we head back to the pre-season where we chatted to a number of athletes across the country. In a special Question and Answer (Q&A) feature, Draft Central‘s Taylah Melki chatted with Queensland’s Macie Brown at the state testing day hosted by Rookie Me.

Hailing from rural Queensland, Brown stunned many in her first year of footy earning a spot in the Brisbane Lions Academy and showcasing just how much potential she has.

How did you get into footy?
I was introduced to footy through school, a couple of my good teachers played in the QAFL and stuff. They suggested that I go trial for this thing called Brisbane South so I went and did that and turned out to be pretty successful. This is my second year now, my first year was last year.

Any major changes from first year to second year?
I impressed myself, I made it pretty far in my first year with Queensland and I wasn’t really expecting it and it kind of made me realise what I want to achieve with this year to hopefully get drafted and just keep going and go up through the ranks again.

What do you love about footy?
I love the community, how everyone is always like so approachable and you build some really good friendships and stuff compared to other sports as such. AFL is really community based so I love that.

Did you play other sports before trying footy?
Yeah I played mainly just school sports and then a bit of club netball, I went alright at it but like I said it wasn’t really a good environment as such.

What was the transition from netball to football like?
Yeah well I also played touch and I was pretty successful with that a little bit. I wasn’t the best at it and I thought I could take my AFL further so I did that instead.

What area are you hoping to strengthen this year?
Yeah definitely my defence. I want to be able to stick my tackles more often than not and hopefully work on my run and carry because that is really important.

What are some of your strengths?
I would say that I’m pretty agile, I’m fast and good at ground level. I can clean the ball up at the forwards’ feet I’d say.

How did you find the experience playing with Queensland last year?
Honestly it was overwhelming. It was my first year of footy and I didn’t think that I’d make it this far. I just took it all in and I loved the environment, I loved the elite level, expectations and standards. It was awesome.

What is the travel like?
I used to live out rural kind of half way between Ipswich and Toowoomba out near Gatton. But I chose to play in Brisbane because I knew a few people through the Brisbane South footy rep team and I just wanted to go straight into Brisbane and get amongst it so it was a bit of travel.

Where are you based now?
I just moved into Ipswich this year with my family so it is still a 40 minute travel but it’s not 80 minutes anymore. It was difficult last year because I was also playing under 17s so I was training four nights a week and then playing Saturday QAFL, Sunday 17s so I only had Friday nights free and I was working so it was a bit difficult.

How do you manage all of those commitments?
Yeah so being my senior year last year it was a bit stressful, a bit overwhelming but with the support of my mum and my family it really got me through and helped me organise and what not. My teachers were really understanding with deadlines and stuff like that.

Is your mum one of your driving passions for success?
Yeah definitely 100 per cent. I mean if it wasn’t for mum before I could drive she would be the one driving me in to Brisbane every week and every night almost, getting me there and supporting me.

Postlethwaite thrives with captaincy

AFTER overcoming an ankle injury leading up to her bottom-age championships, Brisbane Lions Academy member, Lily Postlethwaite continues to take her footy to the next level with the 18-year-old loving every moment of her journey so far. Draft Central spoke to her last year regarding how her love for footy blossomed and what she endured to overcome her injury.

Awarded the Queensland captaincy, Postlethwaite was not overawed by the added responsibility standing up to the occasion throughout the Championships and showcasing her elite talent through the midfield with her daring style of play, quick hands and good vision across the ground.

“(Captaining Queensland) is a real honour for me, I’ve loved leading the group this year and it’s been a great experience for me,” she said. “Sometimes you forget about yourself when you’re trying to make sure everyone else is up but it’s all part of the challenge and I’m really enjoying it so far.”

Postlethwaite has enjoyed a continuous ride to the top with the dynamic midfielder rewarded for her efforts on the field making it into the Winter Series team and playing with a host of AFLW stars.

“On the footy side of things my game has improved a lot… I’ve made the Winter Series team which has given me great experience with lots of AFLW players which has been great so just learning off them which has been really good,” she said.

The up-and-coming midfielder has relished the opportunity to play with the experienced girls, absorbing every bit of knowledge and applying it to her own game.

“It’s really good,” she said. “All the girls are so welcoming and you just learn so much off them and it’s just that next step that shows you where you’re at I guess, if you’re up for it or not.”

Despite all the accolades and chances to develop her skills at a higher level, Postlethwaite is still well aware of the improvements needed to make it to the top tier.

“Probably just play consistent footy and don’t drop below, like to always keep improving I guess and to not be set like ‘I’m good now’, you’ve always just got to keep getting better,” she said. “I’ve always got to keep improving.”

Although Postlethwaite does not have a particular inspiration she has a multitude of players that have helped guide and develop her throughout her budding career which she attributes a great deal of her success to.

“Probably some of the girls that were in this (Queensland) team last year like Jade Ellenger and Nat Grider, they’ve been great,” she said. They just welcome you so much, make you feel comfortable and everything like that. And then I’m probably learning off players like Emily Bates, she’s just a great player.”

Not only have they inspired her on-field with their courageous actions, clever game play and skill but so too off field with their training regime and dedication.

“For sure, the off-field side like the professionalism, your (rehabilitation), your recovery and everything like that – you just watch them and it’s really important,” she said.

When looking closer to home, it is her parents that have played a major role in her success and development with Postlethwaite noting their influence and commitment to fulfilling her footy dreams.

“Mum and Dad are really good, they’re always there for me which is really good and keeps me going,” she said.

New coverage, new chapter for Queensland AFL

THE rich history of Australian Rules Football extends far below the AFL stars on the television. A heavy sense of pride and reputation exists when the local weekend warriors battle it out in rain, hail or shine on a Saturday afternoon.

But for most of the game’s 150-year history, this reputation and authenticity at the local level has mainly taken a back seat in the dominant AFL states of Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. It seems now though that Queensland has taken a big step towards stamping its mark on local AFL in Australia.

The Queensland Australian Football League (QAFL) has this year begun to film all games for public viewing online as well as conducting a live streamed game with commentary every round on Facebook during the 2018 season. This extended coverage follows suit with the Victorian Football League (VFL), being the trend setters with live streaming along with radio and televised games for several years now.

Part of this new process is Riley Staraj, one of the appointed commentators to call the live QAFL games this season.

“It’s a product that’s only started this year and it’s a very authentic product bringing our local game to a wider audience and bringing exposure to the QAFL,” Staraj said.

The new coverage of the QAFL also has taken a page out of the North Eastern Australian Football League’s (NEAFL) book. The NEAFL have streamed games online for several years also to show off the talent that exists in the reserve grades of teams such as the Brisbane Lions.

QAFL Competition Manager Christopher Davies said that when discussions were first held in spring last year to undertake the extended coverage, the main goals were based on qualitative, not quantitative results.

“We didn’t set ourselves any goals in terms of numbers it was about whatever we did, we do it properly and that it looked professional,” Davies said.

The principal statistic that measures the reach of the QAFL coverage is that an average of between 1500-2000 people tune in each week to watch the live streamed game. Although this figure does not account for how long people are watching the game, it demonstrates the interest in Queensland AFL.

There have inevitably been challenges for the QAFL taking its first steps in national recognition, in regard to the logistics and technical aspects of the coverage.

“We’ve had our technical challenges to start with in learning the new system that we use to upload our videos and of course unfortunately it wouldn’t stream… Aside from that it’s all been relatively good,” Davies said.

Of course, like any broadcasting team there are the unsung ‘tech’ heroes who virtually put on the show and the same heroes exist in the QAFL coverage. QAFL caller Matt Carroll has nothing but praise for the tech team behind the streaming, making his job very easy.

“All that I do is clip the microphone to my lapel that’s it, the tech guys have done a great job,” Carroll said.

The increased exposure that the streaming of games gives to the QAFL, opens up talent pathways for all those involved. This includes players, coaches, commentators and coaches alike.

For Staraj, it has always been a goal of his to call AFL at the highest level. He strongly believes that calling QAFL games is the best avenue for the foreseeable future, to develop his commentary career.

“This is the best stepping stone you can get because it’s such a niche industry,” Staraj said. “You need practical experience and you can’t get a better opportunity than this, calling the QAFL.”

With more eyes than ever on every QAFL game, the opportunities are there for players aspiring to reach the highest levels. The pathway may now be easier than ever before as a result of the extended coverage of the QAFL.

Mt Gravatt Senior Coach Daniel Webster believes that the streaming of QAFL games is a great tool that might help his players get picked up by the higher leagues around the nation.

“More people actually get to watch the games,” Webster said. “So, if a recruiter or someone from interstate wanted to watch a replay of a player’s game they just need to jump on the AFLQ website. “From that perspective it’s definitely a good tool for recruitment.”

Perhaps the most excited party in all this coverage are the players running around the paddock on Saturday afternoons. All eyes are now on the best of the best club footballers in Queensland for the first time. This offers extra motivation for players looking to impress and move up the AFL ranks.

Mt Gravatt’s very own QAFL senior player James Markham said that with more spectators online, it’s another reason to play better. On the flip side for players are their nerves before they play, and James claims that it plays on the mind on some of his teammates.

Rhys Estall (Mt Gravatt teammate) gets nervous when a lot of people are watching especially with the games being streamed nowadays,” Markham said.

Furthermore, Markham echoes his coach’s thoughts that the broader coverage of the QAFL will do nothing but help players chasing a football dream.

Looking ahead to the future, the administration at AFL Queensland have plans in place to extend even more the online broadcast of QAFL matches.

“We probably will look to extend the live stream to every game in time. Obviously, there’s a lot of challenges that come with streaming every game live each round along with incorporating more pre-game and post-game content,” Davies said.

To culminate the first season of streaming of matches, the QAFL alongside AFL Queensland will be live streaming all QAFL finals matches. To view QAFL matches head to the QAFL Facebook page and follow the links.

Queensland weekly wrap: State Inclusion squad announced; Suns’ Shanghai stint hangs in balance

THERE were many talking points to come out of this week for Queensland AFL fans. At the highest level, Brisbane clocked up their first win of the year, while the Suns faltered again in Shanghai to put their Chinese venture under threat. Meanwhile more locally, the State Inclusion squad was announced ahead of June’s national carnival. 

Lions get first win, Suns lose in China:

BRISBANE Lions managed to scratch the huge monkey off their backs by winning their first AFL game of 2018 last Sunday afternoon. In front of around 20,000 fans at the Gabba, they claimed a nice scalp smashing Hawthorn by 56 points in a milestone victory for the club. It was as if it was scripted for Lions coach Chris Fagan and legendary recruit Luke Hodge to beat their old side and to get off the mark for the Lions. Hodge was excellent against the team he played 305 games and won four premierships with, but it was a mix of old and new that helped the Lions get off the mark in 2018.

The stars of the day for the Lions included Eric Hipwood who had glue on his hands, marking every ball the came his way en route to kicking four goals. Second-year midfielder Hugh McCluggage finished with a career-high 27 disposals (16 contested) and had a major influence while the match was up for grabs. Captain Dayne Beams was back near his best with 28 disposals and two goals, Dayne Zorko continued his form resurgence with 30 touches, 11 tackles and a goal, while Charlie Cameron produced a Mark of the Year contender to go with two goals. The game was capped off with last series winner of The Recruit, 28-year-old Matt Eagles kicking his first goal in AFL footy in the last term. The Lions face Sydney next round.

Meanwhile, the trip to Shanghai wasn’t pleasant for the Gold Coast Suns players who suffered a 40-point loss to Port Adelaide in wet conditions at Jiangwan Stadium. The Suns fought hard to deliver an improved performance from their drubbing in last year’s inaugural China game, but were no match for the resurgent Power. Port’s 11.16 (82) to 6.6 (42) victory on Saturday lifts them to fourth on the ladder.

Gold Coast teenager Jacob Heron joined the exclusive group of players to make his AFL debut outside of Australia and slot a goal with his first kick. Both sides have the bye next week to recover from the long trek to Shanghai, but after a week off, the Suns finally return to Metricon Stadium where they will face Geelong.

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Suns Shanghai experiment in the air:

Reports have been flowing in the last few days around the AFL that the Gold Coast Suns could lose their right to AFL in Shanghai to a Victorian club. AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan has declared he will open discussions over next year’s Shanghai match to Victorian teams. Also, Victorian Trade Minister Philip Dalidakis has been in Shanghai this week lobbying hard for a Melbourne team to take over next year. St Kilda have been rumoured as the most eager club to take over the Shangai expeditions, perhaps with plans to help erase their millions in debts.

This story is sure to develop over the coming weeks.

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2018 Queensland State Inclusion team announced:

Last Friday AFL Queensland announced the 2018 State Inclusion team after trials were held in May. The squad includes 16 players and three emergencies. The Queensland side will take part in the AFL National Inclusion Carnival starting June 18 in Launceston. The AFL National Inclusion Carnival is round robin tournament for talented footballers with an intellectual disability.

2018 Queensland State Inclusion Team:

Luke O’Neal
Damien Harvey
Joshua Correa
Nathanial Gill
Joshua McGrath
Brad Lawrence
Brent Morris
Shaun McKee
Dylan Evans
Robbie Van Allen
Connor Dixon
Matt Bedford
Joseph Ryan
Johnny Lawrence
Reagan Taylor
Zachary Kimber

Emergencies:

Ben Haack
Phil King
Andrew King

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Celebrating National Volunteer Week in Queensland AFL:

National Volunteer Week takes place from May 21-27, celebrating and commending AFL volunteers from the around the state. Every day this week, AFL Queensland honours special volunteers that have had a profound impact on developing and nurturing footy across the state. To see the tributes and for more information follow the #AFLQvolunteerweek and #THANKYOU hashtags across social media.

Queensland weekly wrap: Colts fixtures released; juniors embrace AFLX

IN the past week, Queensland football lovers have seen the release of the QAFL and QFA Colts 2018 fixtures released, as well as an AFLX trial at the Under 14 Cross-Conference Invitational.

QAFL and QFA Colts 2018 Fixtures Released

AFL Queensland has announced the finalised structure and fixtures for the Under 18 Colts competition ahead of the 2018 season. The updated structure includes six new teams that will participate in the Colts format in 2018; increasing the total number of clubs involved to 24 – four more than last year. The structure aims to align teams with their existing senior competitions, with the 24 teams grouped into three separate competitions.

The alignment aims to assist in the transition of players from the youth ranks to senior football. As a result, most matches in the fixture will commence at 9:30am, prior to each club’s respective senior fixtures. All three competitions feature a 19-round home and away season, before a finals series at its conclusion. Grand Finals will be held on September 15 (QFA Colts Maroon), September 16 (QFA Colts White) and September 22/23 (QAFL Colts) adding to the theatre of existing Grand Final days.

All Colts competition games commence on April 21.

AFLX takes centre stage at Under 14 Cross-Conference Invitational

AFLX made its first venture into Queensland youth football last weekend as 18 teams across the Wide Bay and South East Queensland regions competed in the Under 14 Youth Boys Cross-Conference Carnival Invitationals. Rules from the latest footballing initiative such as ten-point ‘zooper’ goals, kick-ins after all scores and play on form posts were all incorporated in the carnival, however games were still played on a traditional football oval.

Both Wynnum and the Sunshine Coast hosted one-day carnivals on March 25th for several Under 14 clubs as part of their preseason preparations. Ten teams from the Wide Bay, Brisbane and Sunshine Coast leagues participated at the Sunshine Coast event at North Shore AFC, whilst eight teams from the Brisbane and Gold Coast regions partook in the Wynnum carnival.

Feedback from clubs across the offseason as part of the Youth Male Strategy highlighted a desire for more variety in the games played and the opportunity for an alternative match day experience. As a result, AFL Queensland developed the initiative to provide South East Queensland junior AFL clubs with increased variety of opposition in the preseason as teams from different competitions and regions played against each other.

Each team across both carnivals played four games throughout the day with everyone receiving a participation medal for their contribution on the day.

AFL Round Two:  

Brisbane Lions vs. Melbourne Demons

Melbourne survived a huge scare, holding off a ferocious Brisbane comeback to win by 26 points at the Gabba on Saturday night. The clash marked the first home game of the season for the Lions and Luke Hodge’s first appearance at the Gabba in Lions’ colours.  For the second week in a row the Lions have given their opposition the start as the Demons kicked five goals to the Lions’ three behinds in the first term. This had Brisbane down by 31 points heading into the second term. Again, the Lions were to aggressive with ball in hand to the point of recklessness, blazing away when they needed to slow the game down. The result was a glut of turnovers, particularly entering attack, leaving them stranded as the ball rebounded the other way.

In the second term both sides were on level pegging, but for the majority of the second half the Lions were much more dominant. Between the seven-minute mark of the third quarter and the 17-minute mark of the last, the Demons didn’t kick a goal. The Lions drew level through Allen Christensen’s third major, and had the momentum to roll over the top of the visitors. But critical mistakes cost them, and the Demons rallied to pull away in the last 10 minutes.

Jesse Hogan and Jeff Garlett were particularly instrumental for the Demons. Hogan was dominant, setting up Melbourne’s victory with three goals from 14 possessions and seven marks in the first half, with two more final quarter goals sealing the win. Garlett as usual needed only a couple of half-chances to have an impact, kicking two and giving away another to Nathan Jones in the first half. Like Hogan, he kicked two more in the last when his side needed a spark.

There were bright spots for the Lions. On top of the courage shown to come all the way back to level the scores at one stage, Crows import Charlie Cameron was the Lions’ best player and barely wasted a touch. But Melbourne were a stronger unit, beating the Lions inside for contested ball. The Lions drop to 0-2 ahead of trips to play Port Adelaide and Richmond in the next fortnight.

Final Scores:

Brisbane 10.14 (74) defeated by Melbourne 14.16 (100)

Goals:

Brisbane: Cameron 3, Christensen 3, Bewick, Zorko, Hipwood, Cox.
Melbourne: Hogan 5, Garlett 4, Jones 2, Fritsch 2, Neal-Bullen.

Best:

Brisbane: Cameron, Christensen, Cox, Taylor, Zorko
Melbourne: Hogan, Garlett, Oliver, Jones, Petracca

Gold Coast Suns vs. Carlton Blues

In-demand power forward Tom Lynch booted eight goals to help Gold Coast Suns to a convincing 28-point win over Carlton, keeping their undefeated record intact. The Suns led from start to finish, bursting out of the blocks with five goals to one in the opening term to set up a handy buffer. Their relentless pressure ensured that the Blues could find no easy way back into the game, highlighting the new brand of football that coach Stuart Dew has swiftly enforced.

Pocket rockets Darcy Macpherson and Jarryd Lyons were in the thick of things with game-highs in tackles (10) and contested possessions (26) respectively. They were supported well by former Blue Nick Holman, who continued his impressive return to AFL football with 15 disposals and 10 tackles. Their collective impact made all the difference on the day, as the Blues won the disposal and inside 50 counts comfortably, but found themselves butchering the ball in important areas under the pressure of 93 Gold Coast tackles. 

The home side were up against it before the ball was even bounced, with their ever-reliable ruckman Matthew Kreuzer a late out, replaced by midfielder Cameron Polson. It proved to be telling, as Jarrod Witts took full advantage of the less-experienced rotation of Levi Casboult, Charlie Curnow and Cam O’Shea, who was on debut. While Curnow put in a solid shift with his two goals alongside his brother Ed, who was ever-present with his 38 disposals and 10 tackles, the Blues lacked a spark in the forward half and were swiftly found out for it.

For the second time in their history the Suns will go into round three with a perfect record, looking to improve to a 3-0 record with a win against Fremantle Dockers at home. Their early season form is a far-cry from what many expected out of the young Suns squad, and there is sure to be some excitement up on the Gold Coast with the Commonwealth Games due to commence this week.    

Final Scores:

Gold Coast 15.11 (101) defeated Carlton 9.13 (67)

Goals:

Carlton: Wright 2, C. Curnow 2, Cripps, Fisher, Weitering, Lamb, Murphy.
Gold Coast: Lynch 8, Martin 3, Macpherson, Lyons, Ainsworth, Young.

Best:

Carlton: Cripps, E. Curnow, C. Curnow, Simpson, Petrevski-Seton, Murphy
Gold Coast: Lynch, Witts, Swallow, Martin, Lyons, Hall, Thompson

Queensland Weekly wrap: Preseason Cup continues; AFLW Lions advance to the big dance

IT has been a memorable week in Queensland football circles, with the AFLW Lions again qualifying for the grand final, while the Alpha Sport Preseason Cup rolls on, with the competition set to conclude next weekend.

Alpha Sport Preseason Cup | Round Two

Round two of the Alpha Sport Preseason competition was held across the South East on Saturday and Sunday the 17th-18th. The twelve remaining teams squared off against their pool rivals for a spot in their pool grand final next weekend.  All pool winners will receive an Alpha Sport Sports Taping Starter Pack, valued at over $1000 and a trophy.

Pool A Results:

Maroochydore AFC 7.14 (56) defeated Aspley Hornets AFC 6.8 (44)

Cooparoo AFC 13.5 (83) defeated University of Queensland AFC 8.4 (52)

Cooparoo will face Maroochydore in the Pool A final at Leyshon Park Yeronga, Saturday, March 24 at 1:15pm.

Pool B:

Coomera AFC 14.14 (98) defeated Kenmore AFC 4.5 (29)

Bond University AFC 11.3 (69) defeated Burleigh AFC 9.12 (66)

Pool B final will be Coomera against Bond University at Leyshon Park Yeronga, Saturday, March 24 at 9:00am

Pool C:

Beenleigh AFC 17.7 (109) defeated Kedron AFC 6.6 (42)

Alexandra Hills AFC 16.13 (109) defeated Redcliffe Tigers AFC 4.4 (28)

Pool C final will be Alexandra Hills against Beenleigh at Leyshon Park Yeronga, Saturday, March 24 at 11:15am.

AFLW Round 7 | Brisbane Lions vs. GWS Giants

With their eyes set on qualifying for the grand final, the Lions required a win over the Giants and a wealth of other results to go their way. In unlikely circumstances, the Lions had tremendous luck in the final round of the season by booking a spot in the AFLW grand final for the second straight year. The Lions will take on the Western Bulldogs at 1.05pm AEDT next Saturday, March 24 at Ikon Park. The Bulldogs beat Melbourne on Saturday night to remain in first place and book their Grand Final spot, while the Magpies upset Adelaide at Olympic Park Oval on Sunday to open the door for the Lions.

In their own match, The Lions thrashed the Giants by 40 points. Down 7-0 early, the Lions slammed on the next seven goals, with six of them coming in the first quarter. Brisbane kicked the highest score in its history, booting more than six goals in a game for the first time. Sabrina Frederick-Traub and Jess Wuetschner cut the Giants’ defence to shreds. The Giants stemmed the tide after the first quarter, but Brisbane kicked the only goal of the second and third terms to extend its lead.

Courtney Gum kicked a goal for GWS in the opening minute of the third quarter to briefly revive the home fans’ hopes. But the Giants could not get the deficit below four goals and Brisbane booted the last two majors to boost its percentage. And thus, the Lions will again be vying for AFLW supremacy when they play in the Grand Final next Saturday March 24.

Final Scores:

GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY     1.1     1.3     3.5     3.6        (24)
BRISBANE                                       6.2     7.3     8.4     10.4     (64)

Goals:

Greater Western Sydney: Tully, Gum, Staunton
Brisbane: Frederick-Traub 4, Wuetschner 3, Conway, McCarthy, Webb

Best:

Greater Western Sydney: Eva, Farrugia, Bennetts, Dal Pos, Tully, Swanson
Brisbane: Frederick-Traub, Anderson, Bates, Zielke, Wuetschner, Lutkins

Queensland weekly wrap: Suns claim Q-Clash; QFL preseason kick-starts

THIS week in Queensland football saw the commencement of the Alpha Sport Preseason Cup, with teams from each pool competing in their first competitive run-around for the year. AFL Queensland finalised their elite umpiring academy squad, while the AFLW Lions were upset by Collingwood, and the Gold Coast Suns claimed preseason Q-Clash bragging rights in their final JLT Series game. 

Alpha Sport Preseason Cup | Week 1:

The weekend saw round one of the Alpha Sport Preseason knockout competition commence. QFA clubs across Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast competed against each other, separated into three pools. For more information on the fixtures and results, click here.

Pool A Results:

Maroochydore 9.11 (65) defeated Caloundra 6.3 (39)  
Aspley 7.4 (46) defeated Mayne 6.6 (42)

The Cooparoo and Springwood score has not yet been published, however the fixtures tell us that Cooparoo were victorious and Springwood are knocked out. The game between Yeronga South Brisbane AFC and the University of Queensland AFC is to be played Tuesday night at Leyshon Park Yeronga. This match will conclude round one for Pool A and decide who will play Cooparoo next week.

Pool B Results:

Bond University AFC 6.10 (46) defeated Coolangatta Tweed 4.8 (32)
Coomera 15.4 (94) defeated Victoria Point 6.5 (41)
Burleigh 16.13 (109) defeated Robina 5.5 (35)
Kenmore 6.9 (45) defeated Moreton Bay 1.9 (15)

Pool C Results:

Redcliffe Tigers 8.9 (57) defeated Pine Rivers 6.3 (39)
Alexandra Hills 16.4 (100) defeated Hinterland AFC 1.2 (8)
Kedron 14.15 (99) defeated Griffith Moorooka 1.1 (7)

The results between Ormeau AFC and Beenleigh AFC have also not been published, but Beenleigh came out with the win.

2018 AFL Queensland Umpiring Academy Squad Finalised

The 2018 AFL Queensland State Field Umpiring Academy squad has been finalised. Umpires were chosen from across the state to begin the trial process in October 2017. The umpires trained hard over both the off-season and pre-season to demonstrate their potential to be elite umpires to Academy Coach Aaron Hall. The academy umpires worked alongside NEAFL and QAFL umpires to develop their skills and fitness.

2018 SEQ Elite Umpiring Academy Squad:

Mitchell Blashak
Jonathan Angus
Jake Webb
Ollie Pye
Josh Moore
James Moonie
Matthew Stewart
Ryan Villalba
Sam Whetton
Jacob Servers
Mason Wilson

AFLW Round 6 | Brisbane Lions vs. Collingwood Magpies

Conditions at the Moreton Bay Sports Complex Burpengary were blustery and wet. Collingwood entered this match against the Brisbane Lions on the bottom of the AFLW ladder. By the end of the first quarter, they had four goals on the board and were already rolling towards their second victory of the season. The Lions still managed to post two goals in the first quarter, with Sabrina Frederick-Traub marking strongly to hit back for the home side and Nat Exon snapping from the goal square.

The scoring dried up in the second quarter as conditions degenerated. By half-time the Lions pulled ahead in key statistical areas; being contested possessions and inside 50s.

The Magpies struck first after the main break when Jasmine Garner’s hard running was rewarded. Garner was the last on a chain of possessions and running football to extend the Magpies lead to 16 points. Kaitlyn Ashmore and Sophie Conway missed goal scoring chances for the Lions in 3rd quarter.  Meg Hutchins kicked the last goal of the 3rd quarter for the Magpies, converting a tremendous set shot from close to the boundary. It left the margin a near-unassailable 23 points at the last change.

The Lions did come home with a wet sail kicking three goals to two in the last, but it was too little too late. The Magpies ran out 14-point winners, catapulting them to 6th spot on the ladder, only one game behind the Lions who slipped to fourth. With only one game left in the regular season, the Lions must beat the Greater Western Sydney Giants next Friday night to hold any hope of a top two finish.

Final Scores:

Brisbane Lions 5.9 (39) defeated by Collingwood 8.5 (53)

Goals:
Brisbane Lions: Frederick-Traub Exon Wuetschner Lutkins Ashmore.
Collingwood: Bernardi 3 Hope 3 Garner Hutchins.

Best:
Brisbane Lions: Bates Stanton Frederick-Traub Alexander Anderson.
Collingwood: Garner Molloy Bernardi Duffin King.

 

JLT Community Series | Brisbane Lions vs. Gold Coast Suns

GOLD Coast has completed a perfect pre-season with a grinding seven-point win over Brisbane at Southport. It was hard to assess much from either team, as the conditions were so difficult, but the attack on the ball from both was fierce and created a good contest. 

After jumping to a 23-point lead early in the second quarter, Gold Coast had to withstand plenty of pressure from an inaccurate Lions outfit. Lewis Taylor kicked a goal after a fortuitous pass from Nick Robertson, and when Jarrod Berry converted from close range after Aaron Hall gave away a 50m penalty, Brisbane was back in it.

As the game progressed, it was clear that Brisbane’s inaccuracy would be their Achilles heel. This was highlighted by the fact the Lions had more scoring shots (22-14), more inside 50s (60-48), and more disposals (381-345), but could not capitalise. After halftime the Suns kicked more accurately in front of goal (3.1) to the Lions (2.11). A positive for the Lions was the performance of Luke Hodge, who played the ‘general’ role in defence with 16 disposals.

Next up the Lions will travel to Melbourne to face St Kilda for the opening round of the season on Saturday March 24.

Final Scores:

Gold Coast Suns 7.7 (49) defeated Brisbane Lions 4.18 (42)

Goals:
Gold Coast: Lynch, Macpherson, Miller, Young, Sexton, Hall, Ainsworth.
Brisbane: Taylor, Berry, Robertson, Zorko.

Best:
Gold Coast: Lyons, Witts, Weller, Hall, Swallow, Fiorini.
Brisbane: Zorko, Berry, Bell, Taylor, Rich, Hodge.