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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Image Credit: Brooke Sleep Photography via AFLQ

Tasmania doubles up with Under 16s triumph

THE gripping Under 16 Division Two National Championships came to an end last Saturday in Yeronga, with Tasmania coming out on top by percentage alone. The Mariners, NSW/ACT and Queensland each picked up two wins, while Northern Territory were the only side to remain winless. 

NSW/ACT’s Errol Gulden was named the Alan McLean Medallist as Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the tournament, claiming the same honour for his state side. Meanwhile, Saxon Crozier was adjudged Queensland’s MVP, with Deacon Braun and Sam Collins named best for Northern Territory and Tasmania respectively. 

There were many players outside of the MVPs to put their hands up and have their names noted for the future. NSW/ACT’s Braeden Campbell joined Gulden in the Under-16 All Australian squad as NSW/ACT’s sole contributors after impressing off half-back, while the likes of Marc Sheather and Pierce Roseby were also standouts. For the home side, Queensland, Tahj Abberley proved a smooth mover with damaging traits, with Riley Johnson providing a more than capable option up forward.

Champions Tasmania had a wealth of contributors; key forward Jackson Callow booted 10 goals and averaged almost nine marks per game, Oliver Davis won the ball prolifically through midfield to average 20 disposals and be named alongside Collins and Callow in the All Australian side. Jye Menzie was another Mariner to hit the scoreboard with his six goals from the wing/half-forward.

Despite going winless, Northern Territory also uncovered some eye-catching talent in the form of Jeffrey Simon, who contributed well through midfield, and Malcolm Rosas, who was their only All Australian representative. Richmond fans are already hyped about the potential of Maurice Rioli, who pitched in with a couple of goals and looks to have all the traits his pedigree would suggest.    

Results:

Round 1:
Tasmania 11.9 (75) defeated Queensland 7.11 (53)

GOALS
Tasmania: Callow 3, Bearman 3, Menzie 2, Barwick, Davis.
Queensland: Briskey 2, Davies 2, Gates, Johnson, McGory.

BEST
Tasmania: Collins, Upton, Harper, Menzie, Bearman, Callow
Queensland: Clohesy, Abberley, Davies, Johnson, Crozier, Bulley

NSW/ACT 16.9 (105) defeated NT 6.7 (43)

GOALS
NSW/ACT: Gulden 5, Cullen 2, Steele 2, Eynaud 2, Monaghan, Wilson, Roseby, Dunstan, Dignam.
Northern Territory: Tipiloura 2, Ford, Jeffrey, Barlow, Rioli.

BEST
NSW/ACT: Wilson, Gulden, Pfrengle, Roseby, Steele, Cullen.
Northern Territory: Moniz-Wakefield, Lake, Lynch, Baird, Brock, Rioli 

Round 2:
Queensland 13.5.83 defeated NSW/ACT 10.8.68

GOALS
Queensland: Johnson 3, Crozier 2, Abberley, Cashen-Harris, Coleman, Fidler, Langan, O’Brien, Pickering, Sheriff.
NSW/ACT: Rossman 2, Sheather 2, Okerenyang, Dunstan, Parnell, Cullen, Monaghan, Steele.

BEST
Queensland: Crozier, Abberley, R.Johnson, Coleman, O’Brien, J.Johnson
NSW/ACT: Roseby, Gulden, Campbell, Sheather, Steele, Pfrengle

Tasmania 19.10.124 defeated Northern Territory 7.7.49

GOALS
Tasmania: Callow 4, Harper 4, Menzie 3, Borsboom 2, Barwick 2, Sanders, Norton, Walker, Bearman.
Northern Territory: Lake 2, M.Rioli, A. Moniz-Wakefield, B. Rioli. Rosas, Long.

BEST
Tasmania: Davis, Harper, Steele, Banks, Collins, Sanders, Menzie
Northern Territory: Braun, Forbes, A.Moniz-Wakefield, Lui, Rosas, Patrick

Round 3:
Tasmania 10.8 (68) defeated by NSW/ACT 12.7 (79)

GOALS
Tasmania: Callow 3, Harper 2, Bearman, Butterworth, Menzie, Norton, Sanders.
NSW/ACT: Rossman 3, Campbell 2, Gabila 2, Byrne, Wilson, Gulden, Roseby, Parnell.

BEST
Tasmania: Davis, Steele, Butterworth, Banks, Collins, Callow
NSW/ACT: Campbell, Dunstan, Roseby, Gulden, Eynaud, Byrne

Northern Territory 8.11 (59) defeated by Queensland 10.7 (67)

GOALS
Queensland: Coleman 2, Johnson 2, Langan 2, Abberley, Logi, O’Brien, Rowles.
Northern Territory: Ford 4, Brock, Jeffrey, Long, G. Moniz-Wakefield.

BEST
Queensland: Davies, Nicholls, Johnson, Coleman, O’Brien, Fidler
Northern Territory: Braun, Lui, Simon, Jeffrey, M. Rioli, Rosas

Scouting Notes: U16 National Championships – Division Two

WE headed down to Metricon Stadium on Tuesday to watch Tasmania take on Northern Territory and Queensland face off against NSW/ACT in the Under 16 National Championships. Michael Alvaro was on hand to take notes at the games.

Tasmania vs. Northern Territory

Tasmania:

#12 Will Harper

Harper was arguably the best afield with a dominant performance in the forward half. Starting from a deeper position, the solidly built Launceston product slotted home a set shot in the first term to get his game going. His contested marking came to the fore in the second term as he pushed further up the field, bullying his smaller NT opponents and adding another goal to his tally. Blessed with a booming left foot kick, Harper continued the trend and claimed majors in each quarter with a snap in the third and a long-range set shot in the fourth to cap off an outstanding day.

#14 Samuel Collins

A rock down back, Collins started the game well with hard attacks on the ball and clean use coming out of defence. The North Hobart boy showed an impressive work rate to make and effect a heap of contests, intercepting most that came his way and calmly rebounding. While Harper was quieter in the second half, he rarely put a foot wrong all day.

#15 Oliver Davis

A constant in the midfield, Davis dug in well to allow the Mariners first use while also showing some outside class. He tended to stay a kick behind the ball in the early stages, and used his wits to hit up Lachlan Borsboom and Harper inside 50. Davis’ harder edge came out in the third term as he took an impressive overhead mark, which he followed up by again finding Borsboom inside 50 for his second goal. He continued that form with some handy clearance work and deft hands in-close in a solid outing.

#16 Patrick Walker

Walker pushed up hard from a half-back/wing position to provide a real threat going forward. Like Collins, he was both clever and calm with ball in hand and accumulated well throughout the game. One of Walker’s highlights was a darting pass to Jye Menzie in the last quarter, which resulted in a goal to Jacques Berwick, showing impressive vision. Walker’s defensive work was good too, with some hard tackling and aerial work seeing him play a complete game.

#22 Samuel Banks

Playing deep in defence, Banks quelled a number of dangerous NT attacks and was solid with his intercept marking. His point of difference was the run he created out of the back half, taking the game on at each opportunity. Most of Banks’ best work was done in the second half as the game opened up and he could easily snap up the quick kicks sent his way.

#26 Jye Menzie

Menzie was a lively attacking presence in the first half, booting three goals as he found space pushing forward from the wing. His first was a straight-forward set shot from 20 meters, and his two in the second quarter came amongst some impressive tackling and pressure. Menzie was quieter in the second half, but popped up with an assist for one of Berwick’s two final quarter goals.

#33 Jackson Callow

Callow had an extraordinary purple patch in the second half, marking almost everything that came forward of centre, and kicking three of his four goals. The hulking full forward has strong hands and is a beautiful kick for goal, giving him a good base to work on as he develops. Those skills were on show as he sunk a multiple set shots and demanded the ball on the lead, providing a real and dangerous presence from the goal-square to centre-wing.

 

Northern Territory:

#5 Malcolm Rosas

Rosas was a constant feature in the NT midfield and added some real zip out of the congestion. Standing at 175cm, his hands overhead were surprisingly strong and he managed to win a couple of impressive one-on-one marks. His left foot was effective when given the chance to use it, and he provided some nice inside-50 entries.  

#15 Jeffrey Simon

Another to spend most of his time through the midfield, Simon competed well in a range of areas. He managed to burst away from the stoppages early with good pace, and spent the rest of the game accumulating possessions around the ground. He also showed off a decent leap and willing attack on the ball.

#16 Jamal Lynch

Lynch started the game in brilliant form off half-back, providing good run and carry while showing a more physical side with a solid one-on-one bump to win the ball. With the ball very much locked in the Tasmanian forward 50 in the first half, Lynch had a decent amount of it and tried to be creative going forward. One of his party tricks was attempting to run on to a handball around his opponent, and his diving trap shortly after made it clear that he is very much a natural footballer.

#17 Maurice Rioli

The latest of the Rioli clan, Maurice has all of the traits you’d expect given his pedigree. While he didn’t find a heap of the ball in the forward half, he looked dangerous in possession and started the game off perfectly with a snap after slipping his opponent. While he is still very raw, Rioli has plenty of talent to work with and isn’t afraid to pull off a party trick at full pace. At 171cm, he is not quite yet ready for a spot in the midfield by was given a run at a centre bounce in the third quarter.

 

Queensland vs. NSW/ACT

Queensland:

#8 Tahj Abberley

Abberley was a clever user throughout the game, nipping around with good pace and agility form the midfield, forward. He started well with a goal from a free kick after sharking the ball cleanly but being taken high. His left foot was damaging too with some handy forward 50 entries helping the Maroons to push the pace.

#11 Liam O’Brien

The bite-sized winger had an immediate impact with the first goal of the match, coming from a long range set shot. Gathering a good amount of the ball throughout the game, O’Brien’s best moments came in the third quarter when he pulled down a couple of strong marks.

#17 Blake Coleman 

Coleman was superb forward all day, marking well leading up to the arc and kicking well inside 50. He supplied two assists in the second term to Crozier and Johnson in that manner and looked dangeous when the ball passed centre-wing. While he didn’t manage to hit the scoreboard himself, he was a reliable avenue forward and caused a good amount of damage.

#22 Saxon Crozier

Crozier was another who pushed hard forward from the wing and found space around the arc, allowing him to impact the scoreboard. His two second-quarter goals were Queensland’s only majors for the term, with one impressively coming on the run. Crozier proved to be a solid ball winner with his high work rate allowing him to get to a number of contests. His strength contested situation was also notable as he showed good hands overhead and won a key shoulder-to-shoulder duel down the wing against Braeden Campbell.

#28 Riley Johnson 

Like Crozier, Johnson started up the ground but timed his forward runs to a tee early on to get on the end of easy passes in a paddock of space inside 50. His two first quarter goals came that way, with the tall Southport prospect slotting both set shot opportunities that came his way. His other goal came in the third quarter with a smart snap finish to make him Queensland’s most influencial player scoreboard-wise.

#29 Alex Davies 

Davies was impressive at the stoppages with a number of clearance opportunities falling his way. Attending a good number of contests, Davies was able to either flick out handballs with composure or scramble a clearing kick forward to set Queensland on the front foot. He racked up plenty of the ball and looked at home in the middle, with the bench even asking him to stay on at a crucial time instead of coming off for his rotation.

 

NSW/ACT:

#2 Errol Gulden 

Gulden is one of a number of hard at it Rams smalls who can contribute in multiple areas of the ground. Zipping in and out of traffic, the Marouba Saints man likes to take it on and has the ability to burst past opponents. He showed a good amount of grunt, but mixed it with class as he speared in a nice ball inside 50 in the second term. He may have enjoyed that effort a little too much however, as he turned it over trying the same thing shortly after.

#4 Pierce Roseby 

Roseby was one who racked up plenty of the ball in a consistent effort, doing all of the hard stuff in the midfield. His work rate was solid, and he tackled hard to set the tone for many of the other Rams mids.

#5 Cooper Wilson 

Working in a similar way to Gulden, Wilson spent a lot of his time on half-back and the wing bursting his way forward aggressively. At 172cm, his tackle on Queensland giant Mitchell Langan to catch him holding the ball was impressive, and he is deceptively strong. His hands overhead were just as good, and he wasn’t to be fazed by bigger bodies in one-on-one contests. Wilson was amongst the best based on pure tenacity and work rate, I like his game.

#7 Braeden Campbell 

Campbell caught the eye with a willing second half performance that nearly dragged the Rams back to level pegging. The industrious midfielder was aggressive and did all of the one-percenters early on while showing good composure with ball in hand. Campbell went on to put in a shift at the stoppages with some fighting clearances and drive out of the contest, accumilating well. His courageous contested mark going back with the flight in the third term epitomised his effort.

#12 Marc Sheather 

The versatile Sheather was on track for a best on ground performance after a blistering first half where he was in everything. His hard edge and combativeness was matched with poise and class on the ball as he gave repeat efforts and skipped through opponents with ease. While his work rate and ball winning ability from the wing was effective, Sheather was thrown deep forward for most of the second quarter, onwards in hopes of utilising his marking prowess. He turned his opponent to snap a handy goal in the second term and was a presence in the 50 for the remainder of the game.

Queensland weekly wrap: Future stars do Queensland proud on centre stage

WITH both the Under 18 girls and Under 16 boys National Championships hitting the Gold Coast, there was a rare chance for Queensland youngsters to strut their stuff in front of a home crowd on the big stage. With important wins across all levels, it’s fair to say they did the State proud.

Strong performances by QLD state sides

In the midst of National Championships across ages and genders, Queensland more than held their own this past week. On Monday was Queensland’s first game in AFLW Under 18 Championships against likely favourites Vic Country at Metricon Stadium. Although our girls went down 67-11, there were several standout performers putting their hands up for All-Australian honours. Zimmorlei Farquharson was the star for Queensland alongside Ellie HampsonLily Postlethwaite and Kitara Farrar.

In Queensland’s second encounter with Vic Metro it was a game of history with the Maroons getting up by eight points. AFL Queensland’s Ant Wingard brought to attention that it was Queensland’s first ever win over Vic Metro. The Maroons’ win came off the back of a goalless first quarter where only one Vic Metro behind was scored. The reminder of the clash was tight and Queensland’s grunt proved the difference in the 27-13 win. Postlethwaite and Farquharson were again fantastic, as was Isabel Dawes in a great team effort.

In the boys Under 16 Division 2 National Championships, Queensland had a hard-fought win over state of origin rivals, NSW/ACT from Metricon Stadium on Tuesday.  It was a tale of two quarters in the first half as Queensland assumed the lead with five first quarter goals. NSW/ACT wrestled back control in the second cutting the margin to five at the half.

The Maroons put the pedal down in the third quarter with four goals to establish a 21-point lead before a tense last term with NSW/ACT dominating the ball in their forward half but could not capitalise, allowing the Maroons to win 83-68.

Shanta Cashen-Harris was inspirational in the third to help turn the tide of the game for Queensland whilst Riley Johnson managed two impressive set shot goals.

In the Under 17 Futures game at Southport on Wednesday, Queensland again stuck it to our state rivals, beating NSW/ACT by 32 points. With the game on a knife’s edge at the start of the fourth and Queensland up by 10 points, the home side managed to storm home strong. The final score was 74-42.

It was William Martyn grabbing 30 touches and laying 10 tackles who was best on ground alongside strong performances from Queenslanders Corey Joyce with 24 touches and Tom Jeffrey with two goals and nine marks.

 

Lions roar at the Gabba, while Sun sets over Gold Coast at Etihad

In front of their home fans desperate to see another win, the Brisbane Lions were clinical in beating fellow cellar dwellers Carlton 120-55 on Saturday afternoon. After a tight first quarter where the Lions took a two-point lead, Brisbane accelerated away and never looked back. The Lions would kick 15 goals to Carlton’s five over the next three quarters with Dayne Beams racking up 40 touches.

In perhaps a breakout game, Eric Hipwood showed all his ability when things go right, kicking six goals from an efficient 15 disposals. Hipwood was the beneficiary over some silver service from midfielders Alex Witherdan with 31 touches and Tom Cutler with 28. Daniel Rich and Luke Hodge also continued their dominant half-back tandem with 28 and 25 possessions respectively.

Charlie and Ed Curnow were the shining lights for the Blues with Charlie kicking three goals and Ed collecting 26 disposals in a far outplayed side.

The win is the Lions’ third for the year ahead of a tough game against the Hawks at their Tasmanian fortress Saturday afternoon.

Meanwhile in another frustrating day for the Gold Coast Suns, they went down to the North Melbourne Kangaroos 95-58 from Etihad Stadium on Sunday. After the Roos surged out of the blocks kicking four goals to one in the opening stance, Gold Coast fought back with four goals in the second to be down 46-35 with a real sniff.

Unfortunately, it was more of the same for the Suns as they conceded five goals to one in third to make things almost impossible in the last term to comeback. The final quarter was predictable with both sides kicking two goals apiece to finish proceedings with a North Melbourne victory.

For Gold Coast, Jarryd Lyons was impressive with 26 possessions and seven tackles alongside Jarrod Harbrow and Lachie Weller with 25 touches each.

The Suns face Essendon Saturday night from Metricon Stadium.

Maroons and Mariners victorious at Metricon

IT was a day to remember for Queensland’s Under 16 side as they held off a tough NSW/ACT team in front of their home crowd at Metricon Stadium in the National Under 16 Championships. In the earlier game, Tasmania impressed in their 75-point drubbing of Northern Territory.

Tasmania 19.10 (124) defeated Northern Territory 7.7 (49)

Tasmania stormed out of the blocks in the first half to set up an emphatic 75-point win over the Northern Territory (NT) Thunder.

The Mariners revelled in perfect conditions at Metricon Stadium with fast ball movement and strong marking forming the basis of their game. Their mix of strength and speed through the middle of the ground proved to be vital, while the likes of Jacob Steele, Samuel Collins and Samuel Banks dominated the airways in defence against their smaller NT opponents.

Despite the scoreboard, it was not all bad for the Thunder as they had some solid individual performers. The game started off with the newest Rioli, Maurice booting the first goal, with Jeffrey Simon and Jamal Lynch showing serious class from midfield and half back. Meanwhile, Jye Menzie and Will Harper combined for almost half of Tasmania’s first half goals with three and two respectively, with another six individual goal kickers helping them to a commanding 63-point half time lead. The message made vocal by the Mariners leaders was that there was ‘still another half’ to play, and they would put NT to the sword in the second half.

Northern Territory came out with a point to prove in the third term, as Graham Moniz-Wakefield slotted the first goal. Tasmania soon clicked back into gear to put on four goals to NT’s three. The Thunder would go on to score another three majors to close out the game, with Brodie Lake claiming two of them. The Mariners also continued their good scoring form with another four goals meaning the margin was almost identical to the previous term.

Jackson Callow had an impressive second half to end with four goals from full forward, clunking some big marks on the lead and demanding the ball. Harper was also among the best with his four-goal effort, while the likes of Oliver Davis and Patrick Walker were industrious from midfield.

For the Thunder, Rioli looked lively with ball in hand up forward, while Simon was consistent through the middle with Malcolm Rosas.

 

Queensland 13.5 (83) defeated NSW/ACT 10.8 (68)

Queensland held on for a solid win in front of a home crowd against a spirited NSW/ACT side by 15 points.

With the scoring favouring their end, Queensland were poised to get off to a good start. The Maroons burst out of the gate with five first-quarter goals in a free flowing opener, with the Rams managing two of their own to keep in touch. Riley Johnson found space on the outer side to bag a double from set shots, while Liam O’Brien also troubled the scorers with his goal pushing up from the wing.

The second term saw the visitors take advantage of the conditions and boot four of their own majors, with the likes of Marc Sheather and Errol Gulden taking over the game. Sheather was superb initially on the wing, and eventually deep forward as he took down some impressive overhead contested marks, sliced paths through opponents with good agility and booted an important major. With Saxon Crozier helping to keep NSW/ACT at bay with two goals for Queensland, Marco Rossman’s second goal for the term cut the margin to five points at the main break.

The third term proved to be the ‘premiership quarter’ as The Maroons extended the gap out to 21 points with four goals. Shanta Cashen-Harris started to impose himself on the contest with his clean hands and inside 50 pressure, and his lone goal for the game at the end of the term was a vital one. With the game well and truly still on, NSW/ACT threw everything they could at Queensland in the final term as the ball stuck around in their forward half. Braeden Campbell was a bull through the midfield, with Coopa Steele helping him to will the Rams forward. It was to no avail though, as their three goals fell just short, with Hugh Fidler adding six points to the score after the siren to cap off a memorable day of football.