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State Leagues Wrap: Weekend of thrillers

AS the weekend came to an end, so did a round of exciting football around the country. State leagues saw plenty of contests that came down to the wire, while other teams flexed their muscles with big wins.


VFL action kicked off on Thursday night with the Casey Demons’ big win over North Melbourne as VFL finally returned to Marvel Stadium. The Demons kicked a whopping 19 goals and finished the game as 107-point winners in a game that would not have impressed North Melbourne fans. Sam Weideman kicked four goals as he continues his ripping form that is sure to earn him an AFL recall in the near future. Unfortunately for him, Casey’s AFL affiliate Melbourne is absolutely flying at the moment, but if the key forward keeps up these performances, he will be hard to ignore come selection time. For the Roos, ruckman Tristian Xerri fought hard, and won the duel with Casey’s rucks, collecting 16 disposals to go with his 35 hitouts.

Collingwood stole a victory at the death as they snuck away with a three-point win against the Gold Coast Suns at Olympic Park Oval on Friday afternoon. With his 20th disposal, Magpie Reef McInnes kicked a goal at the 26-minute mark of the final term to put his side in front, and the rest is history. Young Pie Oliver Henry’s three goal haul would have impressed coaches, while Sun Will Brodie dominated in the midfield, collecting 41 touches and laying 11 tackles.

Geelong held off a fast-finishing Sydney side to claim a tense four-point win at Tramway Oval on Saturday afternoon. The Swans led by three points heading into the final term but Logan McDonald’s three goal effort was not enough to get the Swans home. Charlie Constable found the ball 28 times in a promising display, while Josh Jenkins booted two goals. For the Swans, Lewis Taylor and Robbie Fox combined for 59 disposals and looked dangerous whenever the ball was in dispute.

Essendon’s fast start couldn’t be maintained, eventually falling to Carlton by 49 points at Windy Hill on Sunday afternoon. The Bombers led by 14 points at the first break, but a five goal to nil second term got the Blues in front, and they never looked back. Out of favour Blue Will Setterfield continued his strong VFL form with a 26 disposal effort as he continues to push for a recall, while Nic Newman returned from a serious knee injury sustained last year to gather 23 disposals in a promising outing for Blues fans. First game Don Nick O’Kearney gathered 36 disposals in an eye-catching performance.

South Australia:

Round 5 of the SANFL began with an upset, as Norwood took down the previously undefeated South Adelaide Panthers at Coopers Stadium on Friday night. The Redlegs kicked a whopping five goals to one in the second goal to give themselves a 26-point lead at half time, and the Panthers simply couldn’t get the comeback done in time. Norwood midfielders Matthew Nunn and Jacob Kennerley combined for a whopping 29 tackles with 16 and 13 respectively, while former Crow Richard Douglas racked up 30 disposals. Joseph Haines was the Panthers’ best with 28 touches.

Glenelg remain the best team in the competition after their 31-point triumph over the North Adelaide Roosters on Saturday afternoon at Prospect Oval. A four-goal lead at quarter time was a sign of things to come, as Glenelg rode the first quarter effort until the final siren. Former Tiger Liam McBean kicked a bag of five of Glenelg, while midfielder Luke Partington had 35 disposals and seven clearances. Thomas Schwarz kicked three goals for the Roosters.

A strong final term saw West Adelaide claim their second win of the season, taking down Central Districts by four goals at Hisense Stadium on Saturday afternoon. There were only four points separating the two sides at three quarter time, but West Adelaide were able to extend that lead after kicking four goals to none in the final term. Edward Allan was strong in the midfield for North Adelaide, finishing with 22 disposals, five clearances and 11 tackles, while teammate Thomas Keough kicked four snags. For Central Districts, Justin Hoskin’s 26 disposals and two goals were excellent.

Over at Unley Oval, Sturt were able to pull off a heist, stealing a one-point win from the Crows on Sunday afternoon. Sturt’s Ashley Johnson kicked his fourth goal 26 minutes into the final quarter to give his side a one-point lead that proved to be enough. He was well aided by teammate Albania Davis who had 33 disposals, 11 marks and a goal. Crows skipper Matthew Wright kicked three goals in what could have been a match-winning performance.

Port Adelaide’s ten goal win over the West-Woodville Torrens was set up by a clinical second quarter performance at Alberton Oval on Sunday afternoon. The Power kicked seven goals in the second quarter to take a 47-point lead into half time, which they only improved on in the second half. Port’s skipper Cam Sutcliffe was marvellous rotating through the midfield and forward line, finishing with 25 disposals and three goals, while Tom Rockliff had 34 touches and eight clearances. Eagles mid James Tsitas had a whopping 39 disposals for the losing side.

Western Australia:

In the WAFL, Round 5 kicked off with Swan Districts surviving a massive scare from an East Perth side who are still searching for their first win. The inaccuracy of East Perth really hurt their chances, kicking 7.13, while Swan Districts kicked 10.8 to run out 13-point victors for their third win of the season. Swan Districts midfielder Samuel Fisher had the ball on a string as he worked his way to 37 disposals and a goal, while teammate Frank Anderson had 35 touches of his own. Edward Simpson was nearly the hero for East Perth, booting five goals in a near match-winning performance.

Perth were able to cruise to their second win of the season with a triumph over East Fremantle by five goals at New Choice Homes Park on Saturday afternoon. A six-goal opening term set up the win, with the home side unable to close the gap in the next three quarters. Brady Grey was the star for the victors, with 29 disposals and a huge 10 inside 50’s for the match, while Doultan Langlands kicked three goals. For East Fremantle, Cameron Eardley led the way with 32 touches.

Despite a slow start, Claremont were able to find their rhythm in the second quarter, steamrolling their way to a 52-point win over West Perth at Revo Fitness Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Claremont trailed by two goals at quarter time, before kicking six goals in the second term to get the game back in their control. Claremont’s Lachlan Martinis racked up a whopping 42 disposals and nine marks in a dominant display, while Jack Buller kicked five goals for the victors. For West Perth, Shane Nelson had 39 disposals in an impressive display.

South Fremantle caused a major upset with their 18-point win over Subiaco, handing them their first loss of the year at Fremantle Community Bank Oval on Saturday afternoon. Subiaco were at the top of the table heading into this game, while South Fremantle had only won the two games, but they turned the table in this dominant display, set up by their seven goal second term. Haiden Schloithe put in a star turn for the winners, ending the match with 39 disposals and two goals in a clear best on ground performance. For Subiaco, Gregory Clark led with 30 touches.

West Coast’s struggles continued on Sunday morning after being convincingly beaten by Peel Thunder to the tune of 79 points at David Grays Arena. The Eagles trailed by seven goals at half time, and could not get themselves back in the game against a dominant Thunder side. Blair Bell kicked six goals for Peel, while teammate Josh Treacy kicked five of his own. West Coast’s Hamish Brayshaw performed admirably with 29 disposals.


QAFL’s fifth round of action kicked off with a blockbuster as Labrador upset Maroochydore by 12 points at Maroochydore Multisports Complex on Saturday afternoon. Labrador had one less win than the home side heading into this clash, but a strong third term saw the visitors take a lead that they would end up holding for the remainder of the game. Labrador’s Pearce Hanley once again claimed best on ground honours, running riot through the midfield as he continues to show that age will not slow him down. For Maroochydore, Jacob Simpson fought hard all day to be his side’s best.

Redland-Victoria Point cruised their way to their third win for the year against Mt Gravatt on Saturday afternoon at Southside Toyota Oval. Redland-Victoria Point jumped to an early lead in the first quarter and then only extended their control from there, waltzing to a crucial win that keeps them well in the hunt for top spot on the ladder. Redland-Victoria Point full back Mitchell Stallard was named his side’s best after a dominant display in defence. Gavin Grose was Mt Gravatt’s best for the second week in a row.

Sherwood Districts have finally found their first win for the season, defeating bottom-placed Noosa by 22 points at Rococo Oval on Saturday afternoon. Noosa remain winless, but Sherwood Districts will be hoping this is the triumph that kick starts their season. For the winners, Joshua Coombes led the way with three goals up forward, but it was truly a team effort that delivered the win. For Noosa, Ryley Buntain was his side’s best for the second consecutive week.

A bag of seven goals from forward John Anthony has led Palm Beach Currumbin to an important win over Wilston Grange at Salk Oval on Saturday afternoon. Anthony’s bag of seven was inspiring and proved crucial to Palm Beach Currumbin securing their second win of the season, shooting them up the ladder. Anthony was his side’s best, but had plenty of help from teammate Matthew Gahan. For Wilston Grange, Isaac Corvo was a clear standout.

Broadbeach kept their unbeaten streak rolling with their fourth win of the year, defeating a brave Surfers Paradise side by 10 points at Subaru Oval on Sunday afternoon. A close game all day, Broadbeach kicked three final quarter goals to seal the game to hold off the upset. For the winners, Liam Nelson was the star, leading his side all day in a best afield display, while Alby Jones was the bright spark for Surfers Paradise.


TSL action resumed this weekend, as Clarence continued their hot streak, knocking off the Tigers at Kingston Twin Ovals on Saturday afternoon. The victors led all afternoon, and never looked like giving up the lead on their way to recording their third win of the season. For Clarence, Oliver Davis was best on ground for the second week in a row. For the Tigers, Blake McCulloch stood out through the backline to end the day as his side’s best.

North Hobart have recorded their first win for the 2021 season, kicking away in the last quarter to defeat Lauderdale by 18 points at Lauderdale Oval on Saturday afternoon. There was two points separating the sides heading into the last quarter, but North Hobart were too strong, kicking four final quarter goals on their way to a maiden win for the year. For the victors, Thomas Liefhebber was outstanding all day, while Jye Menzie kicked four goals. For Lauderdale, Alex Hevey never gave up and performed admirably.

Launceston continue to uphold their status as league powerhouse, demolishing Glenorchy by 148 points at Windsor Park on Saturday Oval. Launceston hit the 100-point mark by half time, and Glenorchy never stood a chance against this well-oiled machine. Launceston star forward Dylan Riley backed up his 10-goal haul last week with a nine-goal effort this round, putting emphasis on the importance of shutting him down. For Glenorchy, Nick Reibelt impressed despite the loss.

QAFL weekend preview: Round 9 – Top two battle for minor premiership

A BATTLE to decide the minor premiership is what confronts top two sides, Broadbeach and Morningside this weekend, with the final round of Queensland Australian Football League (QAFL) action taking place. Both sides have won every match thus far, to sit on seven wins from eight games – with one bye – heading into Round 9 of the competition prior to finals. Both teams will secure a top two spot, but first placed will take on the winner of fourth or fifth and avoid the third placed finisher in the preliminary finals.

While Broadbeach has had the much superior percentage – 239.39 per cent – Morningside has won a number of tight contests to ensure it sits on 28 points heading into the final round. Regardless of the match’s result, neither side can drop outside the top two. It is a similar story for third placed Palm Beach Currumbin that has had a strong season in response to its grand final loss last year, only dropping games to the top two sides. It has helped the Lions sit eight points clear of the mid-table crunch, and guarantee themselves third spot and facing sixth in the first week of finals.

Seven teams are still in contention for six spots, with effectively the clash between Maroochydore and Surfers Paradise determining the final spot on the ladder. Realistically, the Roos just need to be avoid getting smashed, as they are 15 per cent clear of the reigning premiers who have had just the two wins this season and had a couple of of forgettable matches in 2020. If Maroochydore win – or at least do not lose by a considerable amount – then they will play finals and potentially move up a spot in the process. The Demons must win if they are to be any chance of defending their 2019 title, but in counter contrasting to the Roos, must win, and win well. Roughly around an eight-goal win – depending on the scores – would be needed for an unlikely finals berth.

However, what makes it interesting is the fact that fifth placed Mt Gravatt – who take on Palm Beach Currumbin – hold a near-identical percentage to Maroochydore (just 1.27 per cent more). What that means is, it is possible for Surfers Paradise to have a win – realistically will need to still be a pretty healthy win – while getting into finals if Mt Gravatt suffers a disappointing loss. In the scenario that the Lions account for the Vultures well and the Demons win, then Maroochydore would actually move up to fifth despite the loss, and Mt Gravatt drop out of the six. However if Surfers only wins by a little and Mt Gravatt push the Lions, then Maroochydore can leapfrog Mt Gravatt, but the Vultures remain in sixth.

Sitting pretty in fourth is Sherwood, a side that holds its own destiny in its hands. Realistically the equation is simple – win and get third spot, lose and potentially drop as far as sixth. The Magpies have a superior percentage to the other 3-4 sides, with 98.91 per cent and no chance of any other side overtaking them on percentage – barring some 200-point shellacking – so they will have pole position in terms of home ground advantage for the elimination final if they can win. They will play one of the other three teams depending on the results, unless they lose and both Mt Gravatt and Maroochydore win, which means they will slip to sixth. They take on eighth placed Labrador which has avoided the wooden spoon – unless they cop a big loss and their percentage drops them below last placed Wilston Grange who have the bye.

Heading into the final round, Matt Hammelmann has the leading goalkicker award sewn up barring a big bag from one of his nearest rivals, having booted 33 goals in seven games at an impressive 4.7 goals per game. He leads another former Brisbane forward in Liam Dawson (26 goals in seven games), from Broadbeach’s Jordan Moncrieff (25 in six) and Maroochydore’s Mitchell Scholard (25). Young gun Josh Gore is fifth on the table with 16 goals in six games.

In terms of top performers for the season, Labrador duo Fraser Thurlow and Matthew Lee have stood up to be named in the best all seven times, as has Morningside’s Matthew Payne, and Wilston Grange’s Will McKenzie (seven from eight). Mt Gravatt’s Luke O’Sullivan and Maroochydore’ Jacob Simpson have featured in the best six times, while Hammelmann, Scholard, Palm Beach Currumbin’s Zac Harrison, Wilston Grange’s Isaac Corvo and Maroochydore’s Josh Govan, have all featured in the best on six occasions. When it comes to Rising Star possibilities, Wilston Grange’s Tahj Abberley, Broadbeach’s Bailey Reeves, and Surfers Paradise duo Myles Jewell and Max Pescud are all among the mix.


Broadbeach vs. Morningside
Labrador vs. Sherwood
Palm Beach Currumbin vs. Mt Gravatt
Surfers Paradise vs. Maroochydore

QAFL weekend preview – Round 4: Top six to face off in ladder-defining round of action

QUEENSLAND football fans will get a good idea of how the Queensland Australian Football League (QAFL) competitors are shaping up after Round 4 of action with a number of ladder-defining clashes in store for spectators. The top six teams face off in respective matches while Wilston Grange searches for its first win against Mt Gravatt, and Labrador has the bye.

Saturday, August 1, 1pm at Maroochydore Multisports Complex

The first match of the weekend is the top of the table Palm Beach Currumbin up against a Maroochydore side that will be hungry to bounce back from a disappointing one-point loss to Mt Gravatt last weekend. The Lions are looking every bit like the premiership favourites following their first three rounds, barn-storming to a whopping 204.1 per cent, the second most in the league. Maroochydore won in Round 1 against Wilston Grange, but then suffered a loss at the hands of the Vultures last week after a Round 2 bye.

Mitchell Johnson is right up in contention for leading goalkicker honours, booting 10 majors for the Lions, with Jamison Shea not far behind on six. Shea has been named amongst the best in all three matches so far for last year’s runners-up, while Zac Harrison is another player who has been impressing this season. Over-ager Ashton Crossley has booted three goals in two games, whilst Jarryd Douglas has snagged the five in his three.

For the Roos, Mitchell Scholard has been the dominant target up forward with eight of the team’s 17 majors this season. He and Lachlan Robinson are the two players named in the best on both occasions, whilst the likes of Jesse Malthouse (two goals) and young gun Carter Michael were also ones to watch in the green and gold.

It is hard to look past Palm Beach Currumbin in this clash with so many options up forward, Scholard has been hard to stop this season, so it will be fascinating to see how the Lions combat his goalkicking ways over the weekend.


Saturday, August 1, 2pm at McCarthy Homes Oval

In what is predicted to be a high-scoring extravaganza, two of the league’s most potent scorers promise to put on a show at McCarthy Homes Oval. Sherwood had the highest score in Round 1 of the competition, while Broadbeach showed the past two weeks what they are capable of, averaging near 100 points per game. Unfortunately for the Magpies, since winning against the Vultures in Round 1, Sherwood has suffered defeats to the top two sides in Palm Beach Currumbin and Morningside. No such troubles have fallen Broadbeach’s way though, with the Cats destroying Mt Gravatt and Labrador in back-to-back weeks. This will be a bigger challenge, making it an entertaining contest.

Liam Dawson is the league’s sharpshooter with the former Brisbane Lions forward slotting 12 goals in three games. He has been hard to contain inside 50, as has Brody Lumber (seven goals). Both have been among the best each week, with Ryan Harwood, William Fletcher and Cade Scott the others, while Claye Beams has snuck forward on occasions to slot four goals so far this season.

In just two matches Jordan Moncrieff has made his mark in Broadbeach’s forward line, snagging 10 goals to lead all-comers from youngster Josh Gore (four). Bailey Reeves and Jed Turner have been amongst the Cats’ best this season, while Matthew Fowler and Ryan Gilmore have also hit the scoreboard multiple times.

Broadbeach are firm favourites in this clash, but the Magpies have shown they can match it with anyone this season and have the league’s leading goalkicker who will make life difficult for the Cats’ defence.


Saturday, August 1, 2pm at Sir Bruce Small Park

Coming off a bye last round, reigning premiers Surfers Paradise will be refreshed and raring to go for a huge Round 4 clash up against the undefeated Morningside. The Demons were humbled by Palm Beach Currumbin in a grand final rematch back in Round 1, then bounced back in an okay, but far from convincing triumph over Labrador. This game will give fans a good idea of where the Demons are at this season with the Panthers in some great form. Morningside claimed early wins over Labrador and Wilston Grange, then powered away from Sherwood to win well and contain the Magpies to their lowest score of the season. They should be favourites here, but will need to be at their best to snatch victory on the road.

The Panthers share the goals around inside 50 with Matt Hammelmann already averaging more than three a game with 10 in his three matches, well aided by Luke Edwards (seven goals in three matches). The pair have been among the Panthers’ best this season, with Jack Rolls (five goals) and Matthew Payne (one) the two players to earn coaches bests in every game thus far. Young talents, Blake Coleman and Nathan Colenso have kicked three goals apiece for Morningside, while Saxon Crozier has looked good off a wing and is one to keep an eye on for Brisbane Lions fans.

The Demons have one less game to go off this season, but Dale Eames and Tyson Brazel both have four goals to their name. Max Pescud is an Academy talent to watch and has slotted three, while Thompson Smith (two) is the other multiple goalkicker in season 2020. Kain Ford and Matthew Green are the two Demons who have earned places in the team bests in both games.

Morningside have been in ripping form and are favourites, but beware of the reigning premiers who will be keen to take down one of the competition’s best early in the season.


Saturday, August 1, 2pm at Hickey Park

In the final matchup for the QAFL’s fourth round, winless Wilston Grange eyes getting off the bottom of the table against Mt Gravatt, a side that broke its own drought last weekend. The Vultures toppled Maroochydore by a point to get on the board and technically sit equal fourth with a win from three games, though their percentage is far lower than the other teams in the same position, with just 65.02 per cent in season 2020. They will look to build that percentage against a Gorillas outfit yet to win a match, and with the lowest percentage in the competition, kicking just one goal last round against the Lions.

Brisbane Lions Academy youngster Tahj Abberley kicked the sole goal for the Gorillas last week and has been impressive this season, as have the likes of Will McKenzie, Corey Gladdish and Isaac Corvo. In terms of hitting the scoreboard, Sam Gribble (three goals), Josh Baxter (two), Luca Mason (two) and Shatna Cashen-Harris (two) are the other multiple goalkickers.

Mt Gravatt might have got the monkey off the back with the win last round and now they have the Gorillas to contend with to try and go back-to-back. Daine Macdonald has booted four goals this season, one of 14 individual goalkickers in three games, as Jonah Licht (three) and Luke O’Sullivan (three) are others who have been prominent in front of the big sticks. Both have been named among the best on multiple occasions, as has Todd Carbone.

Having finally won in 2020, Mt Gravatt will head in as the form team, though Wilston Grange has played some of the top teams in the competition, so will see this game as a chance to chance its form with a victory in front of home fans.

Bye: Labrador