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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

QAFL weekly wrap: Round 2 – Broadbeach makes early stand as Panthers, Lions go two from two

BROADBEACH showed no signs of rustiness in their first-up match, as the Cats stormed to a 57-point win over Mt Gravatt in Round 2 of the Queensland Australian Football League (QAFL). The Cats looked good from the get-go as they piled on eight goals to one in the opening half against a wasteful Vultures outfit who booted 1.7 from only three less scoring shots. By the final break, the lead was out to a whopping 65 points courtesy of a five goals to one third quarter, before the Vultures managed to chew back some percentage in the final quarter with four goals to two but still go down, 15.11 (101) to 6.8 (44).

Jordan Moncrieff was the star of the show for the Cats, slotting half a dozen majors – as many goals as the entire opposition – leading his team to a memorable win in a best on ground performance. Along with Moncrief, Matthew Fowler booted three goals and over-age talent Josh Gore slotted two. The Cats have plenty of young talent on the list such as Gore and top Suns Academy hopeful Alex Davies, while Josh Searl and Blake Erickson were also impressive in the win. For the Vultures, Rhys Estall and Jonah Licht both kicked multiple goals and were named among the best, while Todd Carbone and Joel Leahy also impressed to make it into Mt Gravatt’s top players on the day.

At the top of the QAFL ladder sits Morningside with a nice 2-0 start to its season and the Panthers are coming off an impressive 41-point victory over Wilston Grange on the road. After an inaccurate start saw them boot 1.6 in the first term and trail by four points at quarter time, the visitors managed to straighten up and then get better as the game went on. Leading by 18 points at quarter time, the Vultures booted 5.3 to 1.4 to scoot away to a 14.14 (98) to 8.9 (57) win.

Matt Hammelmann led the way with three majors for the winners, as Brisbane Lions Academy young gun Blake Coleman and Brock Aston converted two. Another Academy talent in Saxon Crozier was named best-on in the performance, while Jack Rolls and Peter Mollison were also among the best. Josh Baxter and Sam Gribble kicked a couple of majors each for the Gorillas in defeat, while Will McKenzie, Corey Gladdish and Max Hewett impressed on the day.

The battle between two Round 1 winners looked destined to be a fizzer in the opening quarter when last year’s grand finalists Palm Beach Currumbin slammed home 7.4 to Sherwood’s 0.1 and opened up a 45-point quarter time lead. Sherwood worked its way back into the contest after nullifying the second term with four goals apiece, then booted seven goals to one to come storming home in a blaze of glory, only to fall marginally short against the Lions, 12.11 (83) to 11.8 (74).

Jarryd Douglas booted three majors, while Ashton Crossley, Jamison Shea and Mitchell Johnson all snagged two goals in the win. Cory Beaman and Zac Harrison were named among the best for the Lions. Liam Dawson was the main target up forward once again for the Magpies with the former Brisbane tall slotted five majors. Another former Lion in Ryan Harwood, as well as Will Fletcher, were the other Sherwood players named in the best.

In the final game of the round, reigning premiers Surfers Paradise overcame a sluggish start to bounce back from a Round 1 loss to defeat Labrador by 18 points. The Demons trailed by 19 points at the first break, but then slammed home seven goals to three to draw within two points at the main break. They continued on their run with a three goals to one third quarter to lead by seven at the final change, before extending that with four goals to two in the last stanza for an accurate 14.2 (86) to an inaccurate 9.14 (68).

Tyson Brazel and Dale Eames both slotted three goals apiece, while young talent Max Pescud booted another two to be named in the best. Matthew Green and Conor Manning were also named in the Demons’ top players, while Thompson Smith kicked a couple of snags as well. Fraser Thurlow was best on ground for the Tigers in defeat, booting a goal, as did Leigh Osborne and Alex McKay who also impressed. Experienced Jono Beech and young talent Blair Rubock kicked a couple of goals in the loss.


Labrador 9.14 (68) defeated by Surfers Paradise 14.2 (86)
Mt Gravatt 6.8 (44) defeated by Broadbeach 15.11 (101)
Palm Beach Currumbin 12.11 (83) defeated Sherwood 11.8 (74)
Wilston Grange 8.9 (57) defeated by Morningside 14.14 (98)
Bye: Maroochydore

QAFL weekly wrap: Round 1 – Magpies storm to win as Lions win grand final rematch

A FOUR quarter performance from Sherwood Magpies has seen them storm to a big 33-point win over Mt Gravatt in the opening round of the Queensland Australian Football League (QAFL). After a tight opening term which resulted in the Magpies leading by eight points at the first break, the home team gained some separation with five gaols to three in the second term. In a mirrored second half to the first half, Sherwood booted nine goals to six to record an 18.13 (121) to 12.6 (78) victory.

Former Brisbane Lions key forward Liam Dawson snagged four goals in the win alongside Brody Lumber, while Claye Beams (three goals) was another former AFL talent on the Magpies’ team. Thomas Baulch was named best on, booting two goals in his side’s win, while William Johnson was the other multiple goalkicker with three. For the Hawks, Michael Doust was one of four multiple goal kickers in the 33-point defeat, as Gareth Hunt and Ethan Kerr were nominated as Mt Gravatt’s best.

Meanwhile the most talked about match of the round turned into a fizzer, with last year’s runners-up, Palm Beach Currumbin easily accounting for reigning premiers Surfers Paradise in the grand final rematch. Mitchell Johnson snagged four goals for the winners, as former Gold Coast Suns’ forward Ashton Crossley kicked a major. Brock Askey (two goals) and Jonathan Croad (one) were among the best. Queensland teenager Max Pescud got on the board for the Demons with a major, one of five individual goalkickers, while Jack Yelland and Matthew Green were Surfers Paradise’s best on the day.

Morningside also accounted for Labrador thanks to a five goals to two final term, kicking away in the last quarter to run out 13.9 (87) to 9.10 (64) winners. At the 13-minute mark of the final term, a fourth goal to former Lion Bryce Retzlaff drew the Tigers within five points, before the Panthers kicked away with the last three goals of the match, including a fifth goal to another former Lion in Matt Hammelmann. He was named in the best along with Jack Rolls (two goals) while top-age talent and Brisbane Lions’ Academy young gun Blake Coleman snagged a goal in the win. For the Tigers, Alex McKay and Fraser Thurlow were deemed the top players.

In the tightest contest of the round, Maroochydore got off to a perfect start with a 12-point triumph over Wilston Grange. The Roos held the Gorillas scoreless in the first term and led by 21 points at the main break before the visiting side hit back. Wilston Grange drew within 12 points at three quarter time, and kept closing within seven points in the final term, but could not quite bridge the gap. Mitchell Scholard booted three goals in the win, while young Brisbane Lions Academy talent Carter Michael was named in the best along with Josh Govan and Jacob Simpson. Corey Gladdish, Kuot Thok and Luca Mason all booted goals for the Gorillas and were named in the best despite the defeat.


Maroochydore 9.10 (64) defeated Wilston Grange 8.4 (52)
Morningside 13.9 (87) defeated Labrador 9.10 (64)
Sherwood 18.13 (121) defeated Mt Gravatt 12.6 (78)
Surfers Paradise 5.8 (38) defeated by Palm Beach Currumbin 12.9 (81)