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QAFL Grand Final preview: Maroochydore and Broadbeach face off for maiden senior men’s flag

WITH the football season coming to an end, the Queensland Australian Football League (QAFL) is ramping up preparations ahead of their grand final match this weekend. The game is scheduled for 2:30pm on Saturday at Southport’s Fankhauser Reserve. The normality of proceedings will be a welcome change after a COVID-interrupted 2020 season, and with the Broadbeach and Maroochydore match-up on the cards, there couldn’t be much more excitement around this game.

Both of these teams will be looking for their first senior men’s QAFL premiership, so the stakes are quite high, and both sides will be leaving nothing in the tank. The last time these two sides faced off was actually back in August of 2020 due to the COVID outbreak in Queensland earlier this year. Both teams look a bit different since the last time they went head-to-head 391 days ago.

Maroochydore have stormed home throughout this finals series, making the big dance from an elimination spot. They took down Redland-Victoria Point in their first final with a barnstorming final quarter (which continues to be a theme in their finals wins), and were driven home off the back of seven goals from forward Mitchell ScholardThey claimed a 10-point victory to head into the semi-final where they took on Morningside, a match they would have entered with confidence given the way they finished their previous outing. This triumph was much more comfortable than the previous, with Maroochydore walking away winners to the tune of 34 points, setting up a mouthwatering clash with the top-of-the-table Labrador. Things looked grim at three quarter time, with Labrador holding a three-goal lead and looking dangerously close to advancing to a grand final. Once again, it was Maroochydore’s final quarter that held them in good stead, powering home to kick seven goals to two in the last term to claim a thrilling 10-point victory and advance to the deciding match.

Broadbeach had a slightly easier road to the grand final, only having to play one game in the first three weeks of finals, thanks to their second-placed finish at the end of the home-and-away season. They took on Labrador, and emerged victorious in a thrilling contest. Despite trailing by three points at the final break, Broadbeach was able to stand up in the fourth quarter, and claim a four-point victory to advance straight through to the final game. Given they have only played one game in four weeks, they will be as fresh as they can be.

This game will also host the league’s two leading goalkickers for the season, with Ray Hughson Medallist (leading goalkicker) Jordan Moncrieff lacing up the boots for Broadbeach, and Scholard lining up down the other end for Maroochydore. Moncrieff has been outstanding all year for his side, with a mid-season purple patch that saw the big forward boot 19 goals in two games. He will likely have a big say in the contest, but the elimination final showed that Scholard can turn a game on its head himself, and Maroochydore will be looking for him when driving the ball inside-50.

With both sides looking for their maiden flag, it is hard to determine who is the favorite heading into this clash. Broadbeach finished higher and will be well-rested, but can they stop the momentum of Maroochydore that has delivered for them time and time again?

 

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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.

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State leagues wrap: Two left in Tassie as finals matchups are decided across the country

IT was a massive round of footy action with Launceston booking their place in the TSL Grand Final, Maroochydore setting up a meeting with Labrador in a QAFL preliminary final, and the home-and-away seasons wrapping up in South Australia and Western Australia. We recap all the action and big performances of the round in this week’s state leagues wrap.

 

South Australia (SANFL):

Glenelg has fallen short of a spectacular 18-0 season after Port Adelaide came out six-goal winners in its final game of the season. Magpies forward Dylan Williams kicked three goals for the match, while Cam Sutcliffe and Boyd Woodcock had 27 disposals each. For the Tigers, Matthew Snook led all comers with 32 touches.

Sturt and Woodville-West Torrens both had big wins, with the Double Blues defeating the Roosters by 70 points, and the Eagles winning by 104 points against Central District. Tyson Stengle (four goals), Jack Hayes (four goals) and Kobe Mutch (three goals) were potent up forward for the Eagles, with Kai Pudney (31 disposals) racking up the most touches on the ground. Meanwhile, Sturt duo Abaina Davis (five goals) and James Battersby (36 disposals) were in fine form against the Roosters.

Elsewhere, Bryce Gibbs continued his form with another 32 disposals in the Panthers’ 12.17 (89) to 7.4 (46) win over the Bloods. Teammates Hayden Sampson (31 disposals) and Liam Fitt (four goals, 20 touches) were also dominant, while the highly touted Jason Horne-Francis (24 disposals, seven tackles) was impressive.

At Cooper Stadium, Norwood ended Adelaide’s season with a 43-point deficit as the Redlegs moved into third place and secured a double chance in the finals. Tristan Binder and Cole Gerloff both booted three majors for the home side, while Lachlan Gollant (2.5) had plenty of looks at goal for the Crows.

 

Tasmania (TSL):

Launceston will face North Launceston in the big dance for the second year in a row after they were too strong for Clarence defeating them 13.11 (89) to 5.7 (37) in Sunday’s preliminary final. Cody Thorp (three goals) and Jay Blackberry (two goals) were multiple goal kickers for the Blues, while Jacques Barwick kicked two of his own for the Roos. The Blues have set up a mouth-watering final game of the TSL season, as the Northern Bombers will be seeking revenge after they went down in last season’s decider.

 

Queensland (QAFL):

Broadbeach’s Jordan Moncrieff booted four goals as his side progressed straight into the QAFL Grand Final after a nail-biting contest with minor premiers Labrador. The two sides were separated by no more than 10 points at every break as the Tigers took a three-point advantage into three quarter time. It was the Cats who had the last laugh though, after Joshua Searl booted his first goal of the season in the final minutes to put Broadbeach ahead, before they held on to win by four points.

In the other match, Maroochydore’s dream finals run continues following their victory over Morningside. The game was evenly poised after the Roos shook off a four-point quarter time deficit to lead by seven points at half time. After kicking the final five goals of the match, the Roos stormed home to win 11.14 (80) to 6.10 (46) on the Panthers’ home turf. Roos forward Mitchell Scholard hit the scoreboard again with two goals, alongside teammate Lochie Laing who also kicked two. Benjamin Warren kicked two majors for the Panthers, but they were unable to stop the Roos who will now face Labrador for a chance to meet the Cats in the season decider.

 

Western Australia (WAFL):

The final round of the WAFL wrapped up with Subiaco claiming the minor premiership following their four-point win over Peel. The Thunder gave the league ladders a final term scare kicking four goals to one, but Subiaco managed to hold on. Leigh Kitchin, Gregory Clark, Ben Sokol, Brandon Matera, and Bailey Matera all kicked two goals for Subiaco, with Peel’s Jack Sears kicking three goals for the match.

Jye Bolton (32 disposals) and Bailey Rogers (30 disposals) found plenty of the footy for Claremont in their 22-point win over Swan Districts. Jack Buller and Alexander Manuel each booted three goals for the Tigers, while Christopher Jones kicked three majors for the Swans.

Elsewhere, Cody Ninyette kicked four goals for South Fremantle as West Coast’s season came to an end. The Bulldogs were too good for the Eagles coming out 45-point winners. Brayden Ainsworth finished his strong season with another 30 touches for the Eagles, while Nicholas Suban had 25 touches and 10 marks for the Bulldogs.

West Perth also looked strong heading into the finals series after they defeated Perth by 50 points. Trent Manzone (34 disposals) and Aaron Black (33 disposals) were ball magnets, while Sasha Kernutt led all comers with four goals. Perth’s Brady Grey had 26 disposals for the match with all of them coming off his boot.

 

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State leagues preview: VFL done, and final games loom for some

THE VFL has been officially cancelled but there is still plenty of footy happening in a big weekend across the country. The QAFL and TSL finals continue, while the WAFL and SANFL home-and-away seasons enter their final round. We’ll take you through all the key matches for this weekend.

South Australia (SANFL):

All five matches of the SANFL final round feature a top five team against a bottom five team, with the most at stake for South Adelaide and Sturt. The Panthers will just need to defeat bottom side West Adelaide to ensure they make the first week of finals. It might not be an easy task though judging from the last time they met when the Panthers narrowly defeated the Bloods by three points in Round 9.

Sturt meanwhile will be hoping the Panthers lose and they can defeat North Adelaide who themselves are looking for victory to cling onto a second chance come finals. The two teams played out a thriller in Round 8 when the Roosters won by three points.

A victory to Glenelg against Port Adelaide can make it 18 from 18 for the season. The Tigers welcome back Michael Virgin who had 27 disposals and 16 marks when the two sides met in Round 4, while Lachie Hosie and Liam McBean will both line-up down forward after they combined for eight goals in that contest.

Elsewhere, Norwood host Adelaide, who have strengthened their side with a host of AFL-listed players including James Rowe and Will Hamill, while Central Districts tackle second-placed Woodville-West Torrens at Maughan Thiem Kia Oval.

 

Tasmania (TSL):

It’s Preliminary Final week in Tassie with minor premier Launceston facing Clarence. The Roos came away with a two-point victory when the sides last met in round 20, and they will welcome back Josh Green, who booted three goals in that contest, after he missed last week through injury. Launceston has had the edge over the Roos this season however with two big wins in their first two meetings. With a Grand Final spot on the line, this could be an intriguing battle.

 

Queensland (QAFL):

With Redland-Victoria Point and Surfers Paradise eliminated last week, just four teams remain in the quest for QAFL premiership glory.

Top two teams Labrador and Broadbeach will face-off with the winner becoming the first team in the Grand Final. Both teams had a bye last weekend, so will be looking to find their home-and-away season form again quickly. The home team won on both occasions when they met during the season, so it’s up to the Cats to break that trend if they want to progress first to the big dance.

Meanwhile, with a chance to play the loser of the top two battle, Morningside meet Maroochydore with no second chances. The Panthers won by 22 and 20 points in their two home-and-away meetings, but with it all on the line anything can happen. Mitchell Scholard is in deadly touch for the Roos, kicking another seven goals in last week’s final, and will be hoping for more goals to get his team over the line.

 

Western Australia (WAFL):

With the final five all set, the top five teams will battle it out for finals positions in the last round of the WAFL this weekend. Peel host Subiaco who will assure themselves of the minor premiership with a win over the Thunder. Last time the two sides met, Subiaco won by 44 points, and they will be hoping for more of the same.

Meanwhile, Claremont are in that battle for top spot when they host Swan Districts. It was a high-scoring affair when they faced-off in round one with Alexander Manuel (Tigers) and Thomas Edwards (Swans) both kicking four goals. South Fremantle will also be hoping Subiaco go down as they remain four points off the top. The Bulldogs play the Eagles, a contest Jimmy Miller (five goals) and Haiden Schloithe (35 disposals) enjoyed earlier this year when the Bulldogs won by 11 goals.

In the other match, Perth welcome West Perth to Mineral Resources Park, with the Falcons looking to snag a top three position with a victory, and a loss to one of Claremont or South Fremantle. Perth, however, came out on top in their last contest, a low scoring affair in Round 8, where they won by 10 points.

 

New South Wales/Queensland/Victoria (VFL):

There has also been an update on the VFL with the season officially cancelled due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions in New South Wales and Victoria preventing any games from occurring for the foreseeable future. A decision was made by the AFL to end the season with the 10-0 Bulldogs to be recognised as minor premier, but no premiership cup and no J.J. Liston Medal (VFL best and fairest award) will be awarded for the 2021 season.

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State leagues preview: Finals have arrived in Tassie and Queensland

IT’S a big weekend ahead with QAFL and TSL finals action happening and plenty up for grabs for teams in the SANFL and WAFL looking to cement places in their upcoming finals campaigns. We’ll take you through all the key matchups to look out for this weekend.

 

South Australia (SANFL):

Round 18 action continues after the first two matches of the split round were played last weekend, and there are some big finals ramifications on the line.

North Adelaide will have the chance of securing a double chance if they are to beat Norwood when they meet at Prospect Oval on Saturday. The Roosters are currently two points above the Redlegs, so a win in this matchup will not only see them finish in the top three, but it will also put the Redlegs in danger of missing finals all together. Rooster Lewis Hender kicked 6.2 in his side’s 92-point demolition of the Redlegs in round three, and an improved Norwood will still have to snap North Adelaide’s six-game winning streak if they are to keep the pressure on the third-placed side.

Sturt can jump above the Panthers (who have already played their 17th match) if they are to beat the second placed Eagles at home. Last time the two teams met it was the Menzel brothers who dominated the match kicking seven goals between them (Troy four, Daniel three) in a 46-point win to the Eagles.

In the other matchup, West Adelaide face the daunting task of hosting the undefeated Glenelg, and while they’ll be searching for their third win of the year, the Tigers will be looking to continue their form with finals fast approaching.

 

Tasmania (TSL):

The finals have arrived in Tassie with two mouth-watering clashes to look forward to. The top two sides Launceston and North Launceston will square off at Windsor Park with the winner progressing into the Grand Final, and the loser to play the winner of Clarence and the Tigers. The Blues have won two of the three meetings with the Northern Bombers this season, but with finals on the line a good contest is to be expected.

The Roos and Tigers will square off in a do or die contest, with both teams only having one chance of progressing to the next round. Clarence won the first meeting between these two teams, before the Tigers won the second and went on to win a great contest in round 19 by just five points, giving fans plenty to look forward to on Sunday. Josh Green has been kicking plenty of goals this season for the Roos and will be hoping to add to his tally here, while Luke Graham has been a focal point up forward for the Tigers.

 

Queensland (QAFL):

While the top two teams Labrador and Broadbeach will be enjoying a week off, Redland-Victoria Point (third) will face Maroochydore (sixth) in the first elimination final. Their last meeting in round seven ended with the Sharks winning by 16 points. Mitchell Scholard will be one that the Sharks will need to keep a close eye on with the Roos forward having booted 49 goals this season including five in their last battle. There should be a great contest in the ruck too with Jarrod Huddy (Sharks), who likes to drift forward and kick a goal, facing off against Jacob Simpson (Roos) whose ruck craft is as good as it gets.

In the second Elimination final, Surfers Paradise (fourth) come up against Morningside (fifth). The Demons won their last duel in round 11 by 15 points and will be looking for a repeat to progress to the semi-final. With 28 and 27 goals for the season, Demons forwards Brody Haberfield and Sam Hilton-Joyce will be looking to hit the scoreboard, while Ben Warren will be searching for a repeat of the round 11 contest where he bagged five goals.

 

Western Australia (WAFL):

Round 21 of the WAFL gets underway with the top five already decided, but plenty of spots up for grabs within the final five. South Fremantle and Swan Districts face off on Saturday in the only battle between two top five teams. The Swans will need to win to push up into double chance contention, while the Bulldogs are eying top spot if Subiaco are to slip up. Last time out, the Bulldogs won by 36 points, with Mason Shaw bagging five goals and Jacob Dragovich, Tom Blechynden and Haiden Schloithe all racking up 30+ touches.

Subiaco play East Perth at Leederville Oval as they look to bounce back after a loss to East Fremantle in their last outing. Ben Sokol, Michael Braut and Aaron Heal each had three goals when the two sides last met. Meanwhile, West Perth face East Fremantle with both teams looking to make it three wins on the trot. The Falcons can still claim the minor premiership with wins in their final two matches.

Claremont host the last placed Eagles, with the Tigers also in that mix for the minor premiership. This contest is one Eagles midfielder Jye Bolton fancies averaging 39.5 disposals in the two sides’ last four meetings, including 49 touches in the round nine matchup.

In the other match Peel welcome quite a few AFL-listed players into the team after Fremantle’s season ended last week. Blake Acres, Bailey Banfield, Mitch Crowden, Lloyd Meek, and Joel Western are all listed to play alongside the recently delisted Tobe Watson against Perth at the David Grays Arena on Saturday.

 

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State leagues preview: VFL returns, WAFL top spot on the line

WITH lockdown over in Victoria, the VFL is back into full swing with 10 matches this weekend to complement the continuation of all the action across the WAFL, QAFL and TSL. The SANFL will not go ahead this weekend in line with current South Australian restrictions.

Western Australia (WAFL):

Round 17 WAFL action is headlined by ladder leaders Subiaco taking on the in form West Perth at Leederville Oval. The clash could go down to the wire with the two sides almost inseparable when Subiaco won their Round 3 meeting 14.10 (94) to 14.7 (91). An unkind weather forecast threatens to ruin what could be a shootout between three of the top five leaders in the Bernie Naylor Medal. Tyler Keitel and Keegan Knott have both been prolific this season for Subiaco, while Ben Sokol will be looking to add more goals to his tally as the Falcons search for their seventh consecutive win which could draw them level on points with the Lions.

Elsewhere, Claremont will face the eighth placed East Perth, with the chance to move into outright first on the ladder if West Perth are to defeat Subiaco. Jye Bolton is averaging 31.6 disposals per game for the Tigers and will be looking to lead his side to a third straight win. South Fremantle and Swan Districts have the chance to put a big gap between the top and bottom five when they face sixth and seventh placed Peel Thunder and East Fremantle respectively. The two bottom sides will go head-to-head when Perth host West Coast at Mineral Resources Park.

Tasmania (TSL):

This weekend’s matches get underway with the Tigers hosting Glenorchy with both teams hungry for a win after the Tigers went down by two points to Lauderdale last week, while the Magpies suffered a 25-point loss to Clarence. A win for the Tigers can reduce the gap to just four points between them and the third placed Roos, and Glenorchy will be looking to jump Lauderdale who took their spot after the conclusion of Round 17. The Bombers will face a tough contest against North Launceston at UTAS Stadium, while things could turn ugly when top of the ladder Launceston, fresh off a bye, face the wooden spooners North Hobart. Dylan Riley has kicked 18 goals in two matches against the Demons this season and will be eyeing another big haul this weekend. Clarence have the bye in Round 18.

NSW-ACT / Queensland / Victoria (VFL):

The VFL will return to action this weekend following the news of Victoria’s lockdown being lifted with all but two teams in action as Geelong and GWS will have a bye this round. The third-placed Demons will host the 9-0 Bulldogs in the most anticipated clash of the round. The Demons will be eager to win the contest to reduce the current eight-point gap between the two teams – with Casey having played one less game – while the Dogs will be fighting to regain top spot taken by Southport. The Sharks will face the Suns this week, after both sides took part in the three games last weekend. While Gold Coast went down to a makeshift GWS side by 40 points, Southport was at its dominant best against the Lions coming out victorious by 109 points. The Sharks will look to continue their form and keep the pressure on the Dogs.

In another intriguing battle Box Hill will travel to the Holden Centre to take on Collingwood. The Hawks have won their last five games and a win can see them leapfrog the Cats into fourth position. As for the Pies, who sit in eighth, a win is required to hold off Williamstown who are just two points behind in ninth position. The Seagulls face Coburg, who have recorded just three wins for the season, and they will fancy their chances to move into the eight if the Pies or even the Dolphins are unsuccessful this weekend. The Tigers will meet the Dolphins on Sunday, and they will also be desperate for a win after losing their last three in a row.

Elsewhere, Essendon will remain in the Sunshine State to take on Aspley, with Brisbane also hosting the Swans up north. The Roos will welcome Port Melbourne to Arden Street with the home side enjoying some good form as of late, recording their three wins for the season consecutively, before they just went down to the Bulldogs by 11 points in their last match. Sandringham and Carlton will do battle on Saturday, with the Zebras having won four of their last five to keep them in the finals mix, as the Northern Bullants take on Werribee at Preston City Oval.

Queensland (QAFL):

Fifth-placed Maroochydore will do battle with third-placed Redland-Victoria Point giving the Roos a chance to go level with the Sharks on the ladder. Fans can expect a close game with plenty of goals like their round 7 meeting when the Sharks won 15.12 (108) to 13.8 (86). On that day, Jacob Murphy and Mitchell Scholard went goal for goal, both booting five majors each. Labrador will look to hold their position, a game clear on top of the ladder, when they take on Palm Beach Currumbin as second-placed Broadbeach host the winless Noosa giving them a great chance to keep the pressure on the ladder leaders.

In other matches, Mt Gravatt and Morningside will meet at the Southside Toyota Oval, while Sherwood Distrcits will be looking to keep themselves in the finals mix with a win over second-last Wilston Grange.

State Leagues wrap: Ladder leaders flex muscle

A PAIR of fixtures saw the Victorian Football League (VFL) return on Saturday amid Victoria’s lockdown, while it was business as usual for state leagues around the nation. The West and South Australian leagues both rolled on into their ninth round of action, while the 10th set of fixtures were played in Queensland and Tasmania. We take you through the most eye-catching results and efforts across the state leagues this past weekend.

Queensland (QAFL):

Broadbeach extended its undefeated streak with a 51-point thumping of Palm Beach Currumbin (PBC), headlining the five games played on Saturday afternoon. Jordan Moncrieff snared a bag of six goals in the Cats’ big win, with Lucas Jellyman-Turner named best afield and Gold Coast Academy member Bodhi Uwland also prominent.

Mitchell Scholard was another to boot a bag, claiming five majors in Maroochydore’s 41-point win over Surfers Paradise. Top-age SUNS Academy standout Max Pescud finished as the Demons’ sole multiple goalkicker (two) as Daniel Charlesworth earned top votes in the loss. The Roos hopped up to second, with help from Labrador’s bye and Sherwood Districts’ upset win over Morningside. Thomas Baulch slammed home six goals for the Magpies, who now sit seventh behind Surfers Paradise, but have a sizeable percentage to make up.

Elsewhere, Redland-Victoria Point moved clear in fifth after feasting on the winless Noosa, with Peter Yagmoor snagging an equal round-high six majors, while Wilston Grange drew level on points with Mt Gravatt after beating the Vultures by 19 points.

South Australia (SANFL):

Glenelg clawed its way back from a 48-point half time deficit against Norwood to keep its perfect record (9-0) intact and remain clear atop the SANFL ladder. The Bays booted the last eight goals of the game, with that streak starting and ending via the boot of Toby Pink. Matthew Snook played a key hand in his side’s miraculous turnaround with 27 disposals and 11 tackles, while the returning Matthew Nunn (29 disposals, 2.4) was instrumental for the Redlegs.

On the same Sunday, second-ranked South Adelaide survived a scare of its own against West Adelaide, holding on to win by three points at Hisense Stadium. Connor Fairlie nearly proved the hero for Westies, booting two of his three goals in the final term but missed a tough chance to put his side ahead late in the piece. He and Thomas Keough snared three majors apiece, while Kaine Stevens racked up a game-high 35 disposals for the Bloods. Joseph Haines had it 31 times for South, while Bryce Gibbs notched 28 touches as his side had a spread of 10 individual goalkickers.

On Saturday, Woodville-West Torrens and North Adelaide notched more comfortable wins against bottom three opposition, with the Eagles beating Central District by 29 points, while the Roosters came away 40 points to the good against Adelaide.

Tasmania (TSL):

Competition frontrunners Launceston and North Launceston came up trumps in dual top four battles, as the Blues accounted for the fourth-placed Tigers to the tune of 26 points, while the Northern Bombers breezed past third-ranked Clarence by 34 points. The results see Launceston remain top with a game in hand to North Launceston, with the top four ultimately unchanged.

Dylan Riley booted five goals for the Blues in their win, while Liam Jones provided a couple of highlights on debut. In the round’s other fixture, Glenorchy moved clear in fifth spot with its 19-point win over Lauderdale. North Hobart had the bye in Round 9, but will return against Launceston on Sunday afternoon.

Victoria (VFL):

New-South Wales and Queensland carried the load of the Victorian-branded competition in Round 8, with a game played in each state on Saturday. In the morning at Tramway Oval, Southport moved clear atop the table with a 15-point comeback win over the Sydney Swans, thanks to a six-goal final quarter. The Sharks doubled their goal tally in said term, as Jacob Dawson finished with dominant figures of 41 disposals and two goals. He now leads the league for disposals and handballs. Lewis Taylor and Marc Sheather booted three majors each for the Swans, while Ryan Clarke racked up 34 touches.

The afternoon hitout at Graham Road Oval between Aspley and Brisbane Lions ended in dramatic fashion, as Hornets spearhead Matthew Hammelmann marked and kicked a goal just after the final siren, but thought he had won his side the game. The score did not count, and Brisbane came away one-point winners. Hammelmann, the competition’s leading goalkicker, snared five majors this time out, while former-Lion Ryan Bastinac racked up 37 disposals. Current Brisbane barometer Rhys Mathieson led all comers with 39 touches, as Connor Ballenden clunked 10 marks and Connor McFadyen was one of three Lions to boot three goals.

With Round 7 fixtures postponed last week due to the Victorian lockdown, the competition is set to return this week but nothing has been confirmed as of yet.

Western Australia (WAFL):

WAFL fixtures were spread from Thursday night to Monday afternoon in Round 9, with frontrunners Subiaco and Claremont both picking up wins and moving to 7-1 records. The Lions thumped Perth by 98 points on Thursday, as Ben Sokol feasted on six majors and Gregory Clark notched a game-high 42 touches. Subi tall Lachlan Delahunty (30 disposals, 24 hitouts, one goal) was also dominant, while Simon Hayward finished with Perth’s lone goal of the game.

State league standout Jye Bolton ran riot in Claremont’s 27-point victory over West Coast, collecting a monster 49 disposals, 12 marks and a goal. Four other Tigers ticked over 30 touches, while five of their nine individual goalkickers booted multiples. Eagles mid-season draftee Connor West made an immediate impact in his new colours, finishing on a team-high 29 disposals and snaring a goal.

In the second Saturday fixture, Swan Districts moved clear in the top five with an eight-point win over the inaccurate Peel Thunder, who slide to seventh. West Perth kicked off proceedings on Monday with a 43-point win over East Perth, highlighted by eight goals to spearhead Tyler Keitel. South Fremantle bettered East Fremantle by 16 points to see out the round, seeing the reigning premiers sit comfortably in third, just one win adrift from the top two.

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State League Preview: The show goes on

DESPITE the VFL being cancelled this weekend due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak seeing Victoria head into lockdown for the near future, the remaining state leagues will go ahead with business as usual as another huge round of action is set.

SANFL:

This weekend’s SANFL action kicks off with an enticing clash as Norwood travel to Maughan Thiem Kia Oval to take on the Woodville-West Torrens Eagles on Saturday afternoon. Norwood will be confident heading into this clash, having won one more game than their opponents, but the Eagles will have the home ground advantage, and are fresh off a 100-point belting of West Adelaide last week. The Eagles are yet to confirm any changes, with the side likely to enter the clash with just the one change as Troy Menzel will miss with a wrist injury, and don’t be surprised if Norwood enter the match unchanged.

Moving to Flinders University Stadium, the Central District Bulldogs will be looking to cause an upset as they take on the South Adelaide Panthers on Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs have won just two games for the year but are riding a wave of confidence following last round’s 10-point win over Sturt. The Panthers will prove a tough task, as they enter the clash heavy favourites thanks to their spot in second-place on the ladder. The Bulldogs will include Thomas Graham into a forward pocket as they attempt to boost their scoring output.

Over at Alberton Oval, Port Adelaide are gearing up for their clash with West Adelaide on Saturday afternoon in a match that has significant ramifications for both sides. West Adelaide’s hunt for the finals is slowly slipping away on a weekly basis, with the side winning only two games for the year. A win here would put them only one victory away from entering the top five. Port Adelaide currently sit at the bottom of the top five, and a loss would close the gap for those below them quite substantially. The inclusion of Jono Beech for West Adelaide will only increase the chances of an upset here.

Glenelg will attempt to keep their remarkable undefeated streak going, as they prepare to take on the Adelaide Crows at ACH Group Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Given Glenelg are yet to lose a game, they will enter the match heavily favoured over the Crows, who have won just one game so far this season. However, teams rarely remain undefeated for this long, so the Crows may just be smelling an upset here. Glenelg’s loss of Lachie Hosie to a hamstring injury will only compound this. Keep an eye on this one.

The final match of the round sees the Sturt Sabres travel to Prospect Oval to take on the North Adelaide Roosters on Saturday afternoon. Both sides currently sit with a 2-5 record after seven rounds, and a win here for either team will be crucial in the race for the finals. Both sides suffered a loss of 11 points or less last round, so redemption will play a big factor here. It is just a matter of which side will rise to the occasion and which side will crumble.

WAFL:
The WAFL action for Round 8 starts over at Leederville Oval as the Peel Thunder will attempt to upset Subiaco when the two sides face off on Saturday afternoon. Subiaco are one of the form sides of the competition having only lost one match, while the Peel Thunder have been solid but not spectacular so far with three wins and three losses. Subiaco are expected to win here, but Peel Thunder will throw everything they have at this side. Subiaco will regain Brandon Matera to add some experience to their forward line.

Two teams in the middle of contrasting seasons will face off, as East Perth travel to Revo Fitness Stadium to take on Claremont on Saturday afternoon. Claremont currently sit on top of the ladder with a 5-1 record after their first six games while East Perth have won just the one solitary game so far this season. Claremont are heavy favourites heading into the clash, but there are no certainties in football. Both sides are yet to confirm their changes.

West Coast’s struggles are likely to continue as they take on South Fremantle at Fremantle Community Bank Oval on Saturday afternoon. West Coast had their best opportunity to claim their first win of the season last round and couldn’t capitalise, and they face an even tougher opponent this weekend, with South Fremantle looking to use this as an opportunity to climb up the ladder. To make matters worse, South Fremantle will regain on baller Jared Doney to boost their midfield stocks.

Steel Blue Oval will be home to a crucial clash as the Swan Districts will host East Fremantle on Saturday afternoon. Only percentage separates the two sides with East Fremantle narrowly in front by four percent, good enough to see them in the top five. The winner of this clash will move into the top half of the ladder, so the stakes are certainly high for both sides. Keep an eye on Swan Districts on baller Samuel Fisher, who has been in fantastic form of late.

The final clash of Round 8 will see West Perth head over to Provident Financial Oval to take on West Perth on Saturday afternoon. Both sides sit outside the top five only by percentage, having both recorded three wins and three losses for the season so far. With plenty of teams currently holding a similar record, expect both sides to enter this clash with plenty of passion and determination. West Perth have included Jason Salecic into their squad while Simon Hayward will return for Perth.

QAFL

QAFL action returns for a ninth round of football, starting at Rococo Oval, where Noosa will host Broadbeach on Saturday afternoon. This is shaping up as a one-sided affair, with Broadbeach undefeated from their six games, having established themselves as a competition powerhouse. Noosa’s season is almost a polar opposite. The side is yet to register a win for the 2021 season, and look fairly off the mark. A boilover here would send shockwaves through the league, but if Jordan Moncrieff can get off the chain for Broadbeach again, it will be game over.

Over at Cooke-Murphy Oval, Labrador are preparing for their clash with Wilston Grange on Saturday afternoon. Wilston Grange have won just the one game for the season, and are currently in the middle of a five game losing streak. They are desperate for a win, and they will be fighting tooth and nail for an upset on Saturday, but Labrador will be a tough egg to crack. Former Lion and Sun Pearce Hanley will be leading the troops from the midfield, so Wilston Grange will need to keep a close eye on him at stoppages.

In arguably the most exciting match-up of the round, Maroochydore will travel to Jack Esplen Oval to take on Morningside on Saturday afternoon. The two sides occupy the second and third spots on the ladder, only separated by percentage (although Maroochydore has played and lost one more match so far). With Broadbeach undefeated so far this season, these two sides will need as many wins as they can if they are any hope of snatching top spot on the ladder should Broadbeach slip up. Mitchell Scholard has booted 14 goals in the past three matches and is named to line up on a half-forward flank for Maroochydore, so keep an eye out for him.

Next up for the QAFL action, Palm Beach Currumbin will play host to Sherwood Districts at Salk Oval on Saturday afternoon. Just one win separates these two sides, and a loss here for Palm Beach Currumbin would see them lose a grip on the top half of the ladder. Sherwood Districts will be looking for a rise up the ladder to join the top five. Palm Beach Currumbin midfielder Corey Joyce has enjoyed a stellar start to his 2021 campaign so expect him in the thick of it on Saturday afternoon.

The final QAFL match of the round will see Mt Gravatt head over to Sir Bruce Small Park to take on Surfers Paradise on Saturday afternoon. The sides are just one victory apart, so there is plenty to play for here for both sides. Mt Gravatt dominated Noosa last week, with their victory nearing the triple digit mark, while Surfers Paradise got the job done against Redland-Victoria Point last round. With both sides coming off a win, there will be plenty of confidence around the change rooms, it’s just a matter of who can back it up on the field.

Tasmania:

The TSL will hold their ninth round of football this weekend, and it all kicks off at Blundstone Arena on Saturday afternoon, as Clarence host Glenorchy. Clarence are well-known to perform better on their home deck, so Glenorchy face an uphill battle in this clash.  Clarence skipper Jeromey Webberley returned to the lineup last week, and was excellent off half-back, so don’t be surprised if he cops some attention from the opposition, as they try to slow down the ball movement of their opponents.

Moving to Lauderdale Oval, Lauderdale will be hosting the Tigers in an interesting match-up on Saturday afternoon. Lauderdale have still only won the one game, but certainly look a better side when skipper Allen Christensen is in the side. This was displayed when they gave Launceston their biggest challenge of the year to that point, and looked certainly capable of beating anyone. This will be put to the test on Saturday as they take on the Tigers, a side that is chugging along nicely, and have a list full of guns such as Elijah Reardon.

The final game of the round looks to be fairly one-sided, as North Launceston head to North Hobart Oval to take on the Demons on Saturday afternoon. North Launceston did the – previously – impossible and defeated cross-town rivals Launceston last Friday night, a result which stunned the league, given Launceston’s start to the season. The Bombers played unbelievable footy, and got themselves a win that could be the key moment in a premiership quest. The Demons will face a tough challenge stopping them, having claimed only one triumph themselves this year. They will need to put some work into nullifying the effect of North Launceston midfielder Jay Foon who was best on ground last weekend.

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State leagues wrap: Teams deliver monster scores

WITH another weekend coming to a close, we take a look at what happened in state league football around the country, with plenty of massive scores as teams hit their straps.

Victoria:

The VFL had some big wins around the grounds this weekend, including one outside of Victoria, as the Tigers gave the Lions a belting to the tune of 62 points at the Gabba on Saturday morning. The Tigers booted a whopping nine goals in the first quarter, including three to forward Samson Ryan. The lead would only extend from there as the Tigers cruised to a big win over a helpless Lions side. For the Tigers, Ryan and Callum Coleman-Jones combined for eight goals up forward, tormenting Lions defenders, while Josh Caddy had 38 touches and two snags from the midfield. For the Lions, Tom Joyce and Cam Ellis-Yolman fought hard despite the circumstances.

Moving back to Victoria, North Melbourne had their first win of the season, taking down Essendon by 15 points at Windy Hill on Saturday. The game was thrillingly close for all four quarters, with only five points separating the sides at the final break. The Bombers gained a 12-point lead midway through the fourth quarter thanks to a fifth goal from Bombers forward Patrick Ambrose, but this was short lived. The Roos booted four unanswered goals, and stormed home for their first triumph of the 2021 season. For the victors, ruckman Tristian Xerri was a dominant figure, collecting a game-high 36 disposals to go with nine marks, six tackles and 27 hitouts in a marvellous display. For the Bombers, Ambrose’s five goals up forward were impressive, while ruckman Nick Bryan fought bravely.

Over at Ikon Park, the Hawks delivered a dominant performance, taking home the biggest win of the round as they defeated the Blues by 84 points on Sunday afternoon. The Hawks won all four quarters, doing as they please while the Blues struggled to keep up and constantly found themselves on the back foot. Hawk Vincent Adduci was the star up forward with five goals, while through the midfield, Brayden Kilpatrick found plenty of the ball. For the Blues, midfielder Matthew Kennedy found plenty of the ball on his way to 28 disposals on what was a tough day.

South Australia:

SANFL’s round seven action kicked off on Saturday afternoon, and for the Eagles, it was a perfect start to the weekend. At Hisense Stadium, the Woodville West-Torrens produced a masterful performance, defeating the West Adelaide Bloods by 100 points in a completely one-sided affair. Dominant second and third quarters from the Eagles – booting nine goals in each – put the game well out of reach for the Bloods, as they could not compete with a side that was firing on all cylinders. For the Eagles, Jimmy Toumpas had a bout of leather poisoning, finding the ball 45 times, while Daniel Menzel booted five goals up forward, and could have had plenty more if he had converted his four behinds. For the Bloods, midfielder Kaine Stevens worked his way to 32 disposals.

The Central District Bulldogs held off a brave comeback from the Sturt Sabres to walk away 10-point victors at Unley Oval on Saturday afternoon. The contest looked all but over heading into the final term, with the Bulldogs holding a 28-point lead over their opponents following a couple of one-sided quarters. The Sabres refused to give up, fighting hard in the fourth quarter to bring the margin back down, but ultimately couldn’t complete the fightback. For the Bulldogs, it was midfielder Jarrod Schiller who led the way, finishing the game with 26 touches, 10 tackles and a massive 12 clearances, and provided a strong contest with Sabre Tom Lewis, who had 24 touches, eight tackles and five clearances of his own.

Moving to Coopers Stadium, Norwood was able to overcome inaccuracy to defeat the Adelaide Crows by 48 points on Saturday afternoon. The Redlegs kicked 12.20, showing that the margin could have been a lot worse for the Crows had their opponents found the big sticks more. For the Redlegs, Tasmanian forward Jackson Callow was a victim of inaccurate kicking, booting 3.7 from 24 touches, while veteran Richard Douglas controlled things through the midfield with 31 disposals. For the Crows, youngster Will Hamill was influential with his 30 disposals.

At Alberton Oval, the Port Adelaide Power were able to scrape past the North Adelaide Roosters on their way to an eight-point win on Saturday afternoon. A big final term from both sides looked like the game could go either way, but ultimately, it was the class of the Power that got them over the line, with a late goal to Taj Schofield that sealed the result for his side. For the victors, midfielder, Sam Mayes was instrumental in his side controlling the ball, finishing the match with 32 disposals. For the Roosters, Andrew Moore found plenty of the ball through the middle and floated forward to boot a goal in the third term.

In the final match of the round, Glenelg were able to remain undefeated after seven matches, taking down the South Adelaide Panthers by 40 points at Flinders University Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Panthers delivered a strong first half challenge, but the Tigers were able to find the form that has worked for them all year, as they booted nine goals to three in the second half to walk away winners. For the winners, Matthew Allen and Chris Curran found plenty of the ball, while Liam McBean booted three goals up forward. For the Panthers, Bryce Gibbs was typically strong in the midfield, finding the ball 31 times and booting a goal.

Western Australia:

The WAFL resumed following a week off, and the action started at New Choice Homes Park, with Claremont proving too strong for East Fremantle, storming away 42-point victors on Saturday afternoon. Claremont started the game in dominant fashion, booting six goals to one in the first term, and never slowing down from there on their way to a fifth win for the season. For Claremont, Lachlan Martinis found plenty of the ball as he has done so many times this season, and was well aided by Jye Bolton as the pair racked up 33 disposals each. For East Fremantle, Luke English ended the match with 29 disposals in a promising outing.

At David Grays Arena, West Perth were able to keep their form rolling with a strong 28-point triumph over Peel Thunder on Saturday afternoon. Despite coming into the match with one less win, West Perth were clinical in the premiership quarter, booting four goals to none to find themselves with an eventual match-winning lead. For West Perth, Keegan Knott’s six goals proved vital in the end, while Shane Nelson had 37 touches through the midfield. For Peel Thunder, former Bomber Jackson Merrett displayed his knack for finding the ball, racking up 37 disposals through the middle.

The crowd at Mineral Resources Park were treated to an upset, as Perth knocked off South Fremantle by a margin of 20 points on Saturday afternoon. Despite finding more of the ball as a team, South Fremantle’s inaccuracy kept them out of the hunt in the second half, as Perth were able to take their chances on a consistent basis. For Perth, Kristian Cary booted four crucial goals, while ruckman Christian Eyres impressed. For South Fremantle, Dylan Main was the star with 34 disposals and two goals in an eye-catching performance.

East Perth finally notched their first win of the season, as they took down West Coast by 57 points at Leederville Oval on Saturday afternoon. Both sides entered the clash at 0-5, and East Perth took the opportunity for a first win against a struggling West Coast side. A seven-goal last term cemented the result, while West Coast’s woes continue. For East Perth, Rohan Kerr stuffed the stat sheet with 31 disposals and 12 marks, while Aiden Lynch had 29 touches and a goal. For West Coast, Mark Hutchings fought all day through the midfield, gathering 28 touches.

Subiaco were able to remain in the top two on the ladder with a thrilling win over Swan Districts at Steel Blue Oval on Saturday afternoon. Swan Districts delivered a serious challenge to Subiaco, who were on top of the ladder heading into the clash, but just fell short in the final term. For Subiaco, Gregory Clark was dominant with 30 disposals, 12 tackles, six marks and two goals in a match-winning performance. For Swan Districts, ruckman Corey Gault amassed a whopping 50 hitouts to give his midfielders first use.

Queensland:

There were plenty of big scores from the victorious teams over the QAFL’s eighth round of action. This began at Maroochydore Multisports Complex on Saturday afternoon, as Maroochydore were triumphant over Wilston Grange to the tune of 27 points. A tense clash for the first three quarters, the home side was able to break away in the final term on their way to their fifth win of the season. The match proved to be a shootout, as Maroochydore’s Mitchell Scholard (14 goals in three weeks) and Wilston Grange’s Sam Gribble each booted five goals, but ultimately Scholard got the last laugh with the win.

A massive third term has seen Morningside take home a 27-point win over Palm Beach Currumbin at Jack Esplen Oval on Saturday afternoon. Despite trailing by 17 points at half time, Morningside booted eight goals to none in the third term to completely turn the game in their favour, and never looked back from there. For the victors, Darcy Cameron-Reeves claimed best on ground honours, while Thomas Griffiths also impressed. For Palm Beach Currumbin, Corey Joyce’s strong form continued, ending as his side’s best for the second time in three weeks.

Over at Southside Toyota Oval, Mt Gravatt were clinical in their 88-point thrashing of Noosa on Saturday afternoon. With a strong 55-point lead at half time, Mt Gravatt never gave their opponents a hint of a comeback, dominating on all areas of the field as they sent a statement to the rest of the league. For Mt Gravatt, Jonah Licht booted five snags up forward, while teammate Luke O’Sullivan also caught the eye of coaches and spectators. For Noosa, Aaron Laskey battled hard all day despite the heavy loss.

Moving to Totally Workwear Park, Redland-Victoria Point were unable to match the intensity of Surfers Paradise, eventually falling by 17 points on Saturday afternoon. Surfers Paradise set the tone early, taking a three-goal lead into the first break. While their opponents fought valiantly to attempt a comeback, the victors proved too strong. For Surfers Paradise, Harrison Fraser delivered his strongest performance of the year, and would have impressed his coaches. For Redland-Victoria Point, Peter Yagmoor was terrific in a losing side, booting two goals.

The final match of the round saw an upset as Sherwood Districts shocked the league to take down Labrador by 40 points at Sherwood Oval on Saturday afternoon. Booting seven goals in the first quarter, Sherwood Districts dominated all day as Labrador struggled to keep up with the home side. For Sherwood Districts, Thomas Baulch booted six goals up forward, as Labrador defenders tried to find an answer for his clinical play.

Tasmania:

TSL’s eighth round of action kicked off in extraordinary fashion on Friday night, with North Launceston upsetting Launceston with a 15-point triumph at UTAS Stadium. The reigning premiers led at halftime, but were stunned in the second half, as North Launceston simply outplayed them to run away with a fantastic win that would surely give the rest of the league hope. For the victors, Jay Foon was outstanding, booting two goals on his way to a best on ground performance, while Jack Rushton also stood out. For Launceston, Jake Smith fought hard, particularly in the first half.

Over at Blundstone Arena, Clarence were dominant as they took down Lauderdale to the tune of 76 points on Saturday afternoon. The contest was closely battled in the first term, with just eight points separating the sides, before Clarence’s seven-goal second term saw them gain an unassailable lead. For Clarence, Ethan Jackson was terrific all day, while Oliver Preshaw booted three goals. For Lauderdale, skipper Allen Christensen battled hard all day to rally his troops.

The final match of round eight saw a clinical performance from the Tigers, as they smashed North Hobart by 89 points at Kingston Twin Ovals on Saturday afternoon. A seven-goal haul from Tyler Carter was the headline of the day, as he claimed best afield honours for the second week in a row. With fluctuating form over recent weeks, the win will surely inject some life into the Tigers’ season. North Hobart’s Samuel Caswell fought hard all day despite the margin.

State leagues wrap: Teams kicking big scores as season rolls on

WITH no SANFL or WAFL action over the weekend, the state league action was slightly quieter over the weekend. However, there was no shortage of entertainment as plenty of sides went head-to-head in thrilling contests.

VFL:

The VFL kicked off on Thursday night, with the Lions travelling to Metricon Stadium to deliver a 10-goal belting to the Gold Coast Suns. The Lions kicked 11 goals in the second half in a dominant display in the first Q-Clash to take place in Victoria. Big-bodied midfielder Cam Ellis-Yolman was outstanding in his first VFL game for the year, competing hard through the midfield to finish the match with 39 disposals, seven marks and seven tackles as he pushes for an AFL recall for the Lions. Teammate Will Tasker booted five goals from 21 disposals in a fantastic outing to continue his strong form. For the Suns, Brayden Fiorini continues to adjust to his new role off half-back, ending the contest with a team-high 32 disposals, eight marks and a goal, while Will Brodie had 27 touches through the midfield.

The closest match of the round was played out on Saturday afternoon, as the Casey Demons escaped with a one-point win over the Geelong Cats at Casey Fields. The Demons’ inaccuracy nearly cost them, finishing the game with 22 scoring shots to Geelong’s 16, but the footy gods rewarded those who wait, as they regained the lead 13 minutes into the final term and were able to hold on to remain undefeated. Demon Mitch Brown kicked four snags from seven scoring shots in an important performance which would likely impress the AFL selection panel, while Tom Sparrow continues to find the ball, ending the game with 32 touches and six tackles. Cat Charlie Constable was outstanding through the middle, finding the ball 32 times and booting a goal, while Josh Jenkins followed up his seven goals last round with a three-goal haul on Saturday.

Richmond put on a clinical performance on Saturday afternoon, as they dominated GWS by a whopping 97 points at Swinburne Centre. The Giants were held scoreless in the first term, and the Tigers continued to put them to the sword for the remaining three quarters. Richmond big man Callum Coleman-Jones stuffed the stat sheet with 19 disposals, seven marks, 17 hitouts and five goals in a powerful performance. Teammates Josh Caddy (32 disposals, eight tackles and two goals) and Will Martyn (32 disposals, seven tackles and seven marks) were strong through the midfield. Nick Shipley was the standout for the Giants, finishing with 28 touches in a day where the Giants struggled to get their hands on the footy.

Moving up to the SCG, the Swans defended their home deck to take down the Pies by 33 points on Saturday afternoon. The Swans struggled to capitalise on the scoreboard in the first quarter as they dominated play but booted only 1.5 in the first term. This would improve as the game went on as they would run out winners with a four goal to none final quarter. Swan Ryan Clarke delivered one of the best individual performances of the round, ending the contest with 41 disposals, 11 marks and three goals to be the clear best on ground. He was well assisted by teammate Dylan Stephens, who had 37 touches of his own. For the Pies, Finlay Macrae was promising through the midfield with 25 touches and five tackles.

Hawthorn were able to run rampant as they belted North Melbourne by 108 points at Box Hill City Oval on Sunday afternoon. The game was one-sided for all four quarters, but the second half was where the Hawks really got on a roll. Booting 16 goals in the final two quarters, the floodgates opened as North Melbourne were helpless as the Hawks constantly pumped the ball forward, and Kangaroos players simply waited for the final siren. Hawk Josh Morris booted five goals in a performance that would excite Hawthorn fans, while Daniel Howe responded to his AFL omission with 37 disposals, nine tackles and two goals from the midfield. The Kangaroos did have a positive in the form of Bailey Scott, who contributed 28 disposals in a promising outing.

Queensland:

There were plenty of big scores in round seven of the QAFL, starting at Subaru Oval, where Broadbeach hammered Mt Gravatt to the tune of 85 points on Saturday afternoon. It was a four-quarter performance from the home side, who were simply too strong for their opponents, and deserved the monstrous win. Broadbeach key forward Jordan Moncrieff somehow bested his Round 6 bag of nine goals by kicking a bag of 10 against Mt Gravatt. In a remarkable display, he booted five goals in a row in the final quarter alone, when the game was busted wide open. Seemingly a master of his craft, he will prove difficult to contain in upcoming weeks. For Mt Gravatt, wingman Daine Macdonald competed all day in trying circumstances.

A strong second half from Morningside denied Noosa a chance at their first win as they eventually fell by 28 points at Rococo Oval on Saturday afternoon. Noosa remained competitive for the first quarter and a half, before a purple patch for Morningside gave them a comfortable lead that was never surrendered. For the second week in a row, Noosa showed promising signs but could not string together four quarters, but their first victory does not seem too far away. For the victors, ruckman Bradley Hodge was fantastic, giving his midfielders first use, and even floating forward to boot two goals of his own. For Noosa, centre half-forward Sebastian Rogers competed well to boot two goals and challenge in the air.

Labrador stamped their premiership credentials for the 2021 season with a 70-point triumph over Palm Beach Currumbin at Salk Oval on Saturday afternoon. Despite trailing at quarter time, Labrador dominated for the next three quarters as they gain some serious momentum heading into the next round. Labrador forward Bryce Retzlaff was the star, kicking seven goals in a monstrous performance that he had threatening to deliver in the previous weeks. For Palm Beach Currumbin, ruckman Jonathan Croad put in a valiant performance despite the loss.

Heading over to Totally Workwear Park, Redland-Victoria Point walked away with a crucial win over Maroochydore to the tune of 16 points on Saturday afternoon. It was a battle of the half-forward flanks, as Redland-Victoria Point’s Jacob Murphy and Maroochydore’s Mitchell Scholard each booting five goals in an entertaining shootout. Ultimately it was Murphy who finished the game with the chocolates with his side claiming the victory. The win keeps Redland-Victoria Point in the hunt for top spot as they close the gap on those above them.

The final contest of the round saw Wilston Grange fall nine points short of Sherwood Districts on Saturday afternoon at Hickey Park. Sherwood Districts had strong first and third quarters, but Wilston Grange still found ways to close the gap and keep themselves well within reach of their second win of the season, but Sherwood Districts were too good. For the winners, midfielder William Fletcher booted two goals from the engine room and was outstanding all day, while Hugh Fidler was Wilston Grange’s best for the second week in a row.

Tasmania:

The TSL had some big scores throughout their seventh round of action, kicking off with North Launceston’s 85-point demolition of Glenorchy at KGV on Saturday afternoon. The win sees North Launceston continue their outstanding form, and if cross-town rivals Launceston lose a game, they will be eager to try and grab top spot on the ladder. North Launceston ruckman Alexander Lee was voted the strongest performer of the day as he consistently gave his midfielders first use. Glenorchy half-back Daniel Joseph fought all day despite being under constant duress.

Blundstone Arena nearly saw the upset of the round with North Hobart falling just one point short of Clarence in Saturday afternoon. North Hobart are sitting in last place with just the one win, while Clarence are notoriously strong on their home deck at Blundstone, so a boilover here would have sent shockwaves throughout the league. For Clarence, Tyler Penwright impressed across half-forward in the win, while North Hobart’s Jack Mcculloch was strong in the ruck throughout the day.

Launceston survived their biggest scare, but displayed their class on their way to a 48-point triumph over a brave Lauderdale side at Windsor Park on Saturday afternoon. Lauderdale faced the toughest task in the league, and performed admirably against the reigning premiers, but Launceston are simply on a roll, and its hard to see anyone putting a stop to this anytime soon. Launceston superstar Jake Hinds continued his exceptional season, claiming best afield honours once again to maintain his strong reputation. For Lauderdale, backman Tom Ratcliffe was a clear standout with his defensive work.