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QAFL: Broadbeach storms home to claim maiden senior flag

OVER the weekend, the Queensland Australian Football League (QAFL) held its grand final matches across all three competitions (seniors, reserves and colts). In what proved to be a cracking day of football, there was a club’s first flag, while another took home two of the three premierships up for grabs on the day.


Broadbeach 14.6 (90) def. Maroochydore 8.4 (52)

Broadbeach proved too strong for Maroochydore in the deciding clash, justifying their tag as the team’s strongest team for 2021 by taking home their first ever QAFL premiership. The ladder-leaders had powerful second and fourth quarters to claim the contest as their own and walk away with a comfortable 38-point victory.

There were doubts heading into the game as to whether or not the Cats could live up to the first-placed tag, given they had only played one match in four weeks leading into this contest. Maroochydore also entered the match with plenty of momentum courtesy of their three previous finals wins. This looked to be a contest that could go either way, and the first term started in such fashion. Maroochydore opened the scoring through Michael Steven, and their second through star forward Mitchell Scholard had Broadbeach worried about their outlook for this game.

It took Broadbeach seven minutes to conjure up an answer through Max Lower, but it only took the minor premiers less than a minute to deliver their second goal, courtesy of Tyrone Armitage. Each team scored two more goals for the rest of the term, and Maroochydore took a one-point lead into the first break. The second quarter was one-way traffic, with Broadbeach booting five goals to one (including two to Ryan Gilmore) to take a commanding lead into half-time, as they looked to put the game away early in the third term.

Their opponents had other ideas, bringing themselves back into contention by booting two goals to none in a low-scoring third quarter. Suddenly the margin was only 15 points and Maroochydore were on the charge, but Broadbeach proved too good as their talent rose to the top. They delivered another five goal to one term to stamp their authority on both the game and the league.

Broadbeach’s Liam Nelson was judged best afield in a promising display, while he was well-assisted by Brandon Chadwick while Gilmore and Bradley Lowe booted three goals apiece. For Maroochydore, Jonathan Giles worked tirelessly all day and should be commended for his efforts.

Labrador took out both the reserves and the colts premierships in a solid day out for the club. Their reserves side led all day in a dominant display, as did their colts team to claim two out of the day’s three flags.


Image Credit: Broadbeach Cats FC

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