Category: Queensland

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 storm home to knock off Rams

QUEENSLAND went close to doubling their three-quarter time score with five-final quarter goals, helping them to a 32-point win over Division Two rivals, NSW/ACT in the Under 17 Futures game at Southport.

It was somewhat of an arm-wrestle to open the game as the two sides went goal for goal, seeing the visitors hold a slender one-point margin at the first break. With the advantage of the scoring end, Queensland kicked away to a handy buffer of just under three goals at the main break, but the Rams managed to close the margin to just 10 points at the final change to be in with a huge chance of knocking off the hosts.

Kicking to the scoring end once again, an inspired Queensland came home strongly to seal the victory and showcase their stars for the future.

William Martyn was easily the leading possession getter and best-on with 30 touches coming with 10 tackles, seven marks, six clearances and a goal in a hard working display. Corey Joyce was damaging through the midfield with his 24 disposals, including six marks, four clearances and four rebound 50s. He looks a natural footballer who wins his own ball with a bit of zip. Up forward, Tom Jeffrey put on an outstanding display of marking with nine coming from his 21 disposals to go with six tackles, five inside 50’s and two goals. Jeffrey worked hard up the ground and was strong overhead, while reeling in a highlight reel one-on-one one-hander that had the crowd excited. He worked largely in tandem with Tom Wischnat, who played deeper forward and used his strong frame to boot two of his own goals.

For the Rams, Sydney Swans Academy member Josh Rayner showed why he has been touted as a potential 2019 first rounder as he collected 17 disposals, four clearances, three marks, three tackles and three inside 50s. While his numbers were not massive, Rayner was ultra impressive in the first half with his work rate and attack on the ball, and his big frame came into use as he read the ball well to take some nice overhead marks. Jackson Barling was the Rams’ leading ball winner with 23, doing his best work in-close to rack up six clearances and five tackles while also adding a snapped goal.

Others to impact the game were Lachlan Swaney, who had it 15 times and laid 13 tackles, while Swans Academy teammate Ky McGrath laid an impressive 15.

Final Scores:

Queensland: 11.8 (74) defeated NSW/ACT 5.12 (42)

GOALS:

Queensland: J. Gore 3, T. Jeffrey, T. Wischnat 2, W. Martyn, J. Hammond, B. Birch, L. Barry
NSW/ACT: J. Barling, J. Parks, N. Casalini, L. Delahunty, M. Kannan

BEST:
Queensland: W. Martyn, T. Jeffrey, C. Joyce, T. Wischnat, J. Gore
NSW/ACT: J. Rayner, J. Barling, L. Swaney, L. Parks, M. D’Agostino

Queensland weekly wrap: Suns, Lions go down; spirited Inclusion Carnival finish

THIS week in Queensland football was highlighted by the efforts of Queensland’s squad in the National Inclusion Carnival. Despite not registering a win in the second division, the team fought hard to represent their state with pride against the best in the country. Elsewhere, both AFL teams suffered losses while the Brisbane’s AFLW side notched their second win in the Winter Series.

Queensland successful at National Inclusion Carnival

Queensland produced a successful campaign at the 2018 AFL National Inclusion Carnival, finishing the week-long event with a fourth-place finish overall. The AFL National Inclusion Carnival aimed at bringing together footballers with intellectual disabilities from across Australia in a round-robin style carnival to provide them with the chance to represent their state or territory.

Queensland played very well on Tuesday June 19 in the Lighting Rounds where all teams played off to determine division allocation. Queensland won enough games to qualify in Division 1 alongside Vic Metro, Vic Country and South Australia. Queensland showed off their Queenslander spirit despite not winning a game in Division 1, playing with pride having already achieved a great feat to just be in Division 1. A further achievement for the state was the naming of captain Josh Correa and vice-captain Brad Lawrence in the 2018 AFL All-Australian Inclusion Team.

To cap off the carnival, all teams watched the Hawthorn vs. Gold Coast match at UTAS Stadium and did a lap of honour on the field at half-time.

Lions and Suns go down

The Lions and Suns both suffered losses in the AFL this past round. First up on Saturday was the Suns and Hawks from Tasmania where Gold Coast got off to a good start to lead 22-13 at quarter time thanks to two goals from Tom Lynch. The Hawks kicked into gear though after quarter time though, seizing control by kicking 11 goals to two over the final three terms including a hat-trick to Jack Gunston to run out 96-43 winners.

Jarryd Lyons was impressive for the Suns with 29 disposals bettering his season average of 24. Peter Wright and Tom Lynch were the Suns’ multiple goal kickers with Lynch taking his goal kicking tally to 20 for the season thus far.

The Suns next face Collingwood on Saturday night at Metricon from 7:25pm.

The Lions went down 109-82 to the GWS Giants at the Gabba in game highlighted by a massive hit from Jeremy Cameron on Lions star Harris Andrews. Eleven minutes into the contest Andrews copped an intentional flying elbow from Cameron in a marking contest that would halt the game for a few minutes. Andrews was taken off the field and would play no further part in the match, a big blow for the Lions. Incidentally, Cameron would later cop a five-match ban from the AFL Tribunal.

The loss of Andrews would prove costly as the Giants big forwards Cameron and Jon Patton kicked three goals apiece to lead their side home.

Eric Hipwood brought his kicking boots drilling three straight goals whilst Allen Christensen kicked two along with 17 touches. Luke Hodge and Daniel Rich were brilliant of half back despite the losing effort collecting 30 disposals each. Josh Kelly also had 30 to lead the way for GWS.

The Lions the Dockers on Sunday afternoon from Optus Stadium Perth at 4:40pm.

Lions win second AFLW Winter Series game

The Brisbane Lions’ AFLW side made it two from two in the Winter Series with a strong victory over GWS North on Saturday at Graham Road.

It was the Lions’ fast start that set up their victory. A three goals to zero opening quarter was the difference in the end as GWS North would storm back with four goals to two over the next three terms. Unfortunately for GWS North it was too little too late as the Lions walked away eleven point victors. It could have been a bigger win if not for the Lions’ inaccuracy in front of goal.

Sophie Conway kicked two goals in a great performance up forward whilst Emily Bates was terrific in the midfield, along with ruck Jessy Keeffe.

Lions 3.3 4.4 5.9 5.10 (40)
GWS North 0.1 3.2 3.2 4.5 (29)

The Lions’ next Winter Series match is against the Gold Coast Suns on Saturday, July 14, at 4.40pm at Metricon Stadium.

Queensland weekly wrap: Queensland impress at National Inclusion Carnival

WITH the bye keeping the Brisbane Lions out of action, it was a rather quiet week in Queensland footy. The Suns were stunned at home by a resurgent Saints outfit, while Queensland’s own managed to qualify for Division One of the AFL National Inclusion Carnival.

Queenslanders pick up wins at National Inclusion Carnival

Queensland has been quite impressive over the first two days of the 2018 National Inclusion Carnival, winning four of their total eight games to qualify for Division One in the tournament. The AFL National Inclusion Carnival brings together footballers with intellectual disabilities from across the country to take part in a round-robin carnival with teams representing the Northern Territory (NT), NSW/ACT, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria Country, Victoria Metro, and Western Australia.   

The Lightning Carnival was held on Tuesday June 19, where all states and territories played off against each other to determine which sides would make up the two divisions. In a great show of endurance, the lads from Queensland played seven games over the course of the day and picked up four wins. Queensland got off to a flyer with two wins against NSW/ACT by nine points and the NT by four. Then they hit a speed bump when they had to play Vic Metro and Vic Country, and South Australia the next three games who are the strongest sides at the carnival and now fellow Division One rivals. Queensland though came home with a wet sail beating hosts Tasmania and then Western Australia to qualify for Division One.

The first round of Division One contests kicked off on Wednesday June 20 when Vic Metro flexed their muscles defeating South Australia 76-8 whilst Queensland went down to Vic Country 67-28. Queensland played South Australia today and will face Vic Metro on Friday June 22.

Suns downed by Saints in a thriller

With Brisbane having the bye this weekend and pressure mounting on both St Kilda and Gold Coast for a win, these two desperate sides didn’t disappoint. St Kilda managed to put together a miraculous final quarter comeback to overrun a stunned Gold Coast by two points at Metricon Stadium on Saturday night. The Saints trailed by 31 points at the final change, but stormed home, kicking five unanswered goals to win 11.14 (80) to 11.12 (78) and snap a seven-game losing streak.

Small forward Jade Gresham was the hero, snapping a goal from deep in the right forward pocket with one-minute remaining to give Alan Richardson’s men a much-deserved win. Gold Coast did not score a single point in the final quarter, continuing a miserable run of final terms in the past month, in which they have scored just two behinds.

Lachie Weller, Alex Sexton, Tom Lynch, Jarrod Witts and Jarrod Harbrow were among Gold Coast’s best with Lynch and Sexton kicking three goals apiece to lead the Suns. Looking forward, Gold Coast travel to Tasmania to face Hawthorn on Saturday afternoon.

Queensland weekly wrap: Scott stars for Allies; U16s go down

WITH the National Championships underway at the Under 16 and 18 levels, there has been plenty of opportunity for Queensland youngsters to strut their stuff on the big stage. Meanwhile at the elite level, it was a disappointing weekend for the AFL sides, but the Lions AFLW side roared in their winter series opener.

Suns academy prospect stars for Allies

Potential father-son and Gold Coast academy prospect Bailey Scott played a starring role in the Allies’ Round One victory over Vic Country in the under 18 National Championships. Scott was in the conversation for best on ground grabbing 23 touches and kicking two goals. The 186cm midfielder also had five clearances and five tackles to round out a complete game.

Brisbane Lions Academy’s Connor McFadyen was very solid also collecting 19 disposals, an impressive feat for a 190cm key position player who also spent some time in the midfield.

Queensland representatives in the Allies squad have a tough matchup this Saturday when they face Vic Metro, who looked in full control against Western Australia in their first-round win. Scott particularly will have his work cut out when he goes face to face with Vic Metro’s gun midfielders Bailey Smith and Rhylee West. Tip-off is 11:00am from Southport AFC, Saturday June 16.

Queensland U16 go down to Tassie

The NAB AFL Under 16 Championships started on Monday when the division two sides battled in Blacktown. Tasmania, Queensland, NSW-ACT and the Northern Territory will fight it out for the title over three rounds, with the division one state sides opening their championships later this month.

Queensland went down to Tasmania by 22 points. Read the full report here.

Tough week for Suns and Lions

It was a hard pill to swallow for the Gold Coast Suns, going down by over 100 points to fellow expansion team Greater Western Sydney. Aaron Young kicked two goals to be the Suns only multiple goal scorer whilst Jarrad Harbrow was busy off half-back with 27 touches. It’s been a tough few weeks with the loss in Shanghai to Port and now two big defeats on the trot. The Suns though have only had one true home game this season and should smell a win this coming round when they face St Kilda at Metricon Saturday afternoon.

The Lions may only have themselves to blame for their loss to Essendon. The Lions were without arguably their two most influential players in Charlie Cameron and Mitch Robinson and they proved to be big losses not being out on the field for Brisbane. The Bombers ran out 84-62 victors in a game of lacklustre finishing in front of goal.

The Lions were missing Cameron’s class in front of goal all day and it was no more evident than in the last term when three consecutive misses for goal. Daniel McStay missed from 15 metres out in front which would have put the Lions right back in it after a day where he took some great marks. Essendon did enough to win by 22 in the end, with Jake Stringer kicking three for the Bombers and Zach Merrett grabbing 29 possessions. For the Lions, Daniel Rich and Alex Witherdan got 29 apiece also with Harris Andrews also a fair case for best on ground.

The Lions have the bye next week then face the Giants at the Gabba in Round 14 on a Saturday afternoon.

Fagan pops his hammy

During the 2018 Big Freeze where coaches slid in on the Monday clash between Melbourne and Collingwood, Chris Fagan bizarrely managed to injure himself. Fagan requires surgery after scans showed he ruptured his hamstring tendon after slipping during Monday’s Big Freeze MND event at the MCG. Fagan fell awkwardly as he left the icy pool of water following his turn to take the plunge to raise money for motor neurone disease research. Fagan’s slip is another sight of bad luck for the brave Lions during this one-win season.

Lions roar in AFLW Winter Series opener

The Brisbane Lions AFLW side opened their Winter Series with a monster 18.8 (106) to 0.0 (0) victory over the GWS Giants South side. Jess Wuetschner and Sophie Conway benefitted most up forward kicking seven majors between them. The scoreboard might not suggest it, but GWS did have numerous attacking opportunities, but the Lions’ defence was rock-solid and rebounded the ball back every time.

Next up for the Lions is a home match against GWS North in two weeks’ time at Graham Road Aspley on Saturday, June 23 from 11am.

Mariners, Rams kick-off U16 Championships with victories

TASMANIA and NSW/ACT have started the National Under 16s Division Two Championships off on the right foot, with two wins on the opening weekend. In the three-week series, each of the four sides will play the other three teams, with the first round held at Blacktown.

Tasmania knocked off Queensland by 22 points with North Launceston’s Jackson Callow and Glenorchy’s Jye Bearmanbooting three goals each to be the difference on the scoreboard. North Hobart’s Jye Menzie booted two majors and was named among the best with the other two key goal scorers. But Menzie’s North Hobart teammate Sam Collins was named best on ground in the 11.9 to 7.11 victory, while Launceston pair Toby Upsom and Will Harper – the only two Blues in the team, were also named among the best. For Queensland, Darling Downs’ Jack Briskey and Cairns’ Alex Davies booted two goals each, while the Tweed/Coolangatta’s Sam Clohesy was named Queensland’s best player in the loss. Moreton Bay’s Tahj Abberley, Davies and Wests’ Saxon Crozier were also named among the best for the losers.

In the other game, NSW/ACT were too good for Northern Territory, running away with a 62-point win. Maroubra’s small forward Errol Gulden was the star of the show, booting five goals and was named among the best. Lightly built Manly product Cooper Wilson was the Rams’ best on the day however, booting a goal and always looking busy. Kye PfrenglePierce Roseby and Coopa Steele (two goals) were also named among the best in the victory, while 198cm, 94kg, Jack Cullen was strong up forward booting two goals and also named among the best. For the losers, 14 year-old Andy Moniz-Wakefield was the star, while Brodie LakeJamal Lynch and Clarence Baird were also impressive.

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, Upsom, 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

In the Under 17 Futures match, Josh Rayner was the dominant player up forward for NSW/ACT in the Rams’ win over Tasmania. NSW/ACT won by 49-points with Rayner booting five goals in the victory, while Jackson Barling booted three majors, and over-ager George Kendall finished with the two. For Tasmania, Oliver Burrows-Cheng was named the Mariners best, one of seven individual goal scorers on the day. Others named in the best were Jack McCullochBailey Gordon and Tyler McGinniss in the loss.

U17 Futures:

NSW/ACT 14.11 (95) defeated Tasmania 7.4 (46) 

GOALS
NSW/ACT: Rayner 5, Barling 3, Kendall 2, Pope, Conlan, Edwards, Thorne
Tasmania: Burrows-Cheng, McCulloch, Reeves, Viney, Bailey, Peppin, Stuart

BEST
NSW/ACT: Parks, Rayner, Barling, Edwards, Thorne, Whyte
Tasmania: Burrows-Cheng, McCulloch, Gordon, McGinniss, Peppin, Shaw

Queensland weekly wrap: QAFL Round 7 wrap; AFL teams smashed

THE completion of Round 7 of the Queensland Australian Football League (QAFL) sees the ladder taking shape quite nicely, with two teams clear at the top. Meanwhile, it was a disappointing weekend for fans of the Queensland AFL clubs as both sides were comprehensively beaten.  

QAFL Seniors Round 7 wrap:

Seven rounds into the QAFL season and the pecking order has begun to take shape on the QAFL ladder. At the top are two clear favourites, Palm Beach and Mt Gravatt. The pair are unbeaten so far with both having had a bye thus far. We have to wait until Round 10 to see a potential grand final warm up match between the two sides. Both Palm Beach and Mt Gravatt have two players each high on the Syd Guildford Medal leaderboard after seven rounds; Jarryd Douglas (Palm Beach, 28 votes), Nicholas Crawley (20 votes), Andrew Smith (Mt Gravatt, 20 votes) and Jayden Crawley (19 votes). Premiership favouritism must go Palm Beach’s way, after all they are the reigning premiers.

Broadbeach, Morningside and Surfers Paradise are the three teams sitting around where many would expect at this stage. Broadbeach are outright third with four wins so far and should not be counted too far out of the premiership race. They have come very close to Palm Beach and Mt Gravatt in their clashes – losing 87-79 against the Vultures and 83-62 to Palm Beach. The Broadbeach Cats boast a healthy percentage, the current leader in Syd Guilford voting Blake Erickson on 31 votes, and two very winnable games against Sandgate and the Gorillas coming up. Do not sleep on the Cats!

Morningside have two wins this season and sit in sixth. There is no lack of top level talent at Morningside with three players in the top 10 of the Syd Guildford leaderboard thus far, combined with some strong key forwards up front. Morningside will be ruing that loss to Sandgate recently as a third win would have put them with the Magpies and Surfers Paradise in equal fourth. After resting with the bye this round, Morningside will test themselves against Mt Gravatt and look to prove they belong in finals contention.

Surfers Paradise are the typical middle of the road team at the moment with a 3-3 record so far. They have beaten teams they should have in Labrador, Morningside and Sandgate and lost ones they were expected externally to lose against Broadbeach, the Magpies and Mt Gravatt. The Surfers Paradise Demons are definitely keen to be in the mix come finals and their close losses to top teams show that. The Demons loss by 13 points to Mt Gravatt and 19 to Broadbeach so they are not far off the pace. Cassidy Haberfield has amassed a strong year thus far with 22 votes in the Syd Guildford tally, good for fourth in the competition.

After a string of three close losses in the first month of footy, the Western Magpies have found the winning formula, rattling off three consecutive wins. They have all been 10+ goal victories against Surfers Paradise, Wilston Grange and Sandgate. They now sit in fourth place with 12 points like Surfers Paradise but the Magpies boast a percentage of 149.76, good for the second best in the league. Magpies forward Jake De Winter put in the performance of the season so far with a monstrous 10 goals against Surfers Paradise in Round 5 which has helped him shoot to second in the leading goal kicker tally only behind Jarryd Douglas of Palm Beach.

If someone told the Sandgate coaching staff they would have the same number of wins as Labrador after seven rounds they would think you were crazy, but that is how things stand now. The Sandgate Hawks are joined by Labrador and Wilston Grange with one win each after seven rounds. The fall of Labrador is the main mitigating factor of this three-team logjam for the wooden spoon. The Hawks jagged an impressive win over Morningside in Round 5 by 12 points away from home, showing their very young side are not the pushovers many expected them to be. Furthermore, the Hawks were very competitive against the Vultures last round as they led the equal ladder leaders at halftime but fell away in the second half.

The Wilston Grange Gorillas have shown they are only a level off the best in games where just a slight lack of class and experience cost them. It has been a tough stretch since their season-opening win against Sandgate and it has been compounded by big losses in recent weeks to the Magpies and Palm Beach. The Gorillas face Broadbeach this coming round in a game where both teams have much to play for. The Gorillas will be wanting a show of pride and skill to separate themselves from the bottom teams whilst Broadbeach will be looking for a big victory to close in on Palm Beach and Mt Gravatt.

Finally, how the mighty Labrador have fallen this season. After a disappointing finals campaign last year, that form has continued this year. Labrador have just a 121-92 win over the Gorillas in Round 4 to show for their season thus far. It is hard to pinpoint the one big issue for Labrador this season and they have suffered recent big losses to Morningside and Broadbeach. Round 8 sees them playing the young Sandgate Hawks in a must win performance to show they are not a bottom side by afterwards having wins against the Gorillas and Hawks to show for it. Key talls Jake Goldsmith and Bryce Retzlaff will be hoping for others around them to step up this week and for the remainder of the year.

Round 8 will see Morningside, Mt Gravatt and the Western Magpies all have byes.

AFL Round 11 – Suns and Lions get pummelled:

In Gary Ablett’s return to Metricon, he was on an absolute tear all game as the star Cat collected 37 touches and kicked three goals against the Suns. He was joined by teammates Joel Selwood, Mitch Duncan, Sam Menegola and Patrick Dangerfield as leading ball winners on the ground. Touk Miller was the best for Gold Coast with 27 disposals and a goal continuing a good year for him. After a competitive first term where the Cats kicked 3.5 to the Suns’ 2.4, the game was all one-way traffic. Geelong piled on 14 goals to the Suns’ two over the last three quarters including a seven goal to zip second term to silence the home crowd. Not a whole lot of positives for the Suns this round and they need to put this game behind them when they face the Giants on Saturday afternoon, who are coming off a gritty win against the Crows in Adelaide.

The Lions went down 141-87 against North Melbourne at Etihad, which began with a five goal to zero blowout in the first term by the Kangaroos. It was a tough day for the Lions with injuries to Charlie Cameron and Allen Christensen early on severely limiting their rotations. The Kangaroos ran the Lions off their feet kicking 12 goals to three in the first half and putting the game to bed. The Lions though were not ready to be tucked in quite yet, fighting back hard in the second half. Both sides kicked nine goals apiece in the second half.

Shaun Higgins and Luke McDonald were superb for North Melbourne with 38 and 34 disposals respectively while Dayne Beams was inspirational for the Lions, somehow kicking five goals and getting 32 touches in a side that lost by over 50 points.

The Lions will quietly fancy their chances when they face the Bombers Sunday afternoon at the Gabba.

Queensland weekly wrap: Queenslanders excite in trial games

THIS weekend was all about the kids, as plenty of talented Queensland prospects put their hand up to be named in the final Allies squad in their hit-outs against the Victorian sides. Meanwhile at the elite level, the Lions just fell short in tough conditions against the might of the Swans.

Queenslanders impress in trial games:

In what is seen as an annual scratch match for the Allies and two Victorian sides, the double header at Ikon Park treated spectators to two close contests. The Allies came from the behind in game one to run over the top of Vic Country, while in the second game, Vic Metro did enough to hold off the Allies and get the job done. There was no shortage of Queensland talent on display for the Allies, and they played key roles in the Allies’ strong performances.  In total, there were 15 Queensland player across the two Allies squads.

In the Allies game one victory, 190cm Brisbane Lions Academy forward Connor McFayden made a case for the Allies’ best on ground as he booted four goals and was a strong target all game. Fellow Lions Academy prospect Keidan Coleman and Gold Coast Suns Academy prospect Connor Budarick demonstrated their class and polish with passages of great play.

Game two against Vic metro saw 187cm Gold Coast prospect Ryan Gilmore impress. Playing down back, Gilmore was able to attack the footy hard and use it cleanly when he had it. He also showed off his intercept marking ability.

The action ramps up in June when the 2018 Under 18 Division One National Championships kick off for the Allies, who will look to prove themselves again against the best in the nation.

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Lions go down swinging in the wet:

Lions hard nut Mitch Robinson had a day out in a wet weather contest against the Swans at the Gabba on Saturday afternoon. Robinson bettered club icon Simon Black for a place in the Lions’ record book with 26 contested possessions against the Swans. The previous best by a Lions player since the statistic was introduced in 1999 was Black’s 25 in an effort that won him the Norm Smith Medal in the 2003 Grand Final.

The Lions fought hard like Robinson all game, but you could sense it was a perfect storm for big bodied and contested footy specialists Sydney Swans to beat the Lions. After a tough week, former skipper Dayne Beams was marvellous in totalling 38 possessions – the third most he’s ever had. Darcy Gardiner was impressive as he kept the ever-dangerous Lance Franklin to just one goal and 13 touches.

The first quarter was virtually even with scores separated by just 4 at the first change. The Swans, however, would wear down the Lions over time, kicking seven goals to the Lions’ four over the remaining three quarters to run out 18-point victors.

The Lions face North Melbourne next round whilst the Gold Coast Suns play the Cats at Metricon, fresh off a bye.

Queensland weekly wrap: State Inclusion squad announced; Suns’ Shanghai stint hangs in balance

THERE were many talking points to come out of this week for Queensland AFL fans. At the highest level, Brisbane clocked up their first win of the year, while the Suns faltered again in Shanghai to put their Chinese venture under threat. Meanwhile more locally, the State Inclusion squad was announced ahead of June’s national carnival. 

Lions get first win, Suns lose in China:

BRISBANE Lions managed to scratch the huge monkey off their backs by winning their first AFL game of 2018 last Sunday afternoon. In front of around 20,000 fans at the Gabba, they claimed a nice scalp smashing Hawthorn by 56 points in a milestone victory for the club. It was as if it was scripted for Lions coach Chris Fagan and legendary recruit Luke Hodge to beat their old side and to get off the mark for the Lions. Hodge was excellent against the team he played 305 games and won four premierships with, but it was a mix of old and new that helped the Lions get off the mark in 2018.

The stars of the day for the Lions included Eric Hipwood who had glue on his hands, marking every ball the came his way en route to kicking four goals. Second-year midfielder Hugh McCluggage finished with a career-high 27 disposals (16 contested) and had a major influence while the match was up for grabs. Captain Dayne Beams was back near his best with 28 disposals and two goals, Dayne Zorko continued his form resurgence with 30 touches, 11 tackles and a goal, while Charlie Cameron produced a Mark of the Year contender to go with two goals. The game was capped off with last series winner of The Recruit, 28-year-old Matt Eagles kicking his first goal in AFL footy in the last term. The Lions face Sydney next round.

Meanwhile, the trip to Shanghai wasn’t pleasant for the Gold Coast Suns players who suffered a 40-point loss to Port Adelaide in wet conditions at Jiangwan Stadium. The Suns fought hard to deliver an improved performance from their drubbing in last year’s inaugural China game, but were no match for the resurgent Power. Port’s 11.16 (82) to 6.6 (42) victory on Saturday lifts them to fourth on the ladder.

Gold Coast teenager Jacob Heron joined the exclusive group of players to make his AFL debut outside of Australia and slot a goal with his first kick. Both sides have the bye next week to recover from the long trek to Shanghai, but after a week off, the Suns finally return to Metricon Stadium where they will face Geelong.

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Suns Shanghai experiment in the air:

Reports have been flowing in the last few days around the AFL that the Gold Coast Suns could lose their right to AFL in Shanghai to a Victorian club. AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan has declared he will open discussions over next year’s Shanghai match to Victorian teams. Also, Victorian Trade Minister Philip Dalidakis has been in Shanghai this week lobbying hard for a Melbourne team to take over next year. St Kilda have been rumoured as the most eager club to take over the Shangai expeditions, perhaps with plans to help erase their millions in debts.

This story is sure to develop over the coming weeks.

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2018 Queensland State Inclusion team announced:

Last Friday AFL Queensland announced the 2018 State Inclusion team after trials were held in May. The squad includes 16 players and three emergencies. The Queensland side will take part in the AFL National Inclusion Carnival starting June 18 in Launceston. The AFL National Inclusion Carnival is round robin tournament for talented footballers with an intellectual disability.

2018 Queensland State Inclusion Team:

Luke O’Neal
Damien Harvey
Joshua Correa
Nathanial Gill
Joshua McGrath
Brad Lawrence
Brent Morris
Shaun McKee
Dylan Evans
Robbie Van Allen
Connor Dixon
Matt Bedford
Joseph Ryan
Johnny Lawrence
Reagan Taylor
Zachary Kimber

Emergencies:

Ben Haack
Phil King
Andrew King

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Celebrating National Volunteer Week in Queensland AFL:

National Volunteer Week takes place from May 21-27, celebrating and commending AFL volunteers from the around the state. Every day this week, AFL Queensland honours special volunteers that have had a profound impact on developing and nurturing footy across the state. To see the tributes and for more information follow the #AFLQvolunteerweek and #THANKYOU hashtags across social media.

Queensland weekly wrap: Mixed bag for Queensland academies

THIS weekend saw the continuation of the Under 18 Academy Series, with mixed results for the Queensland sides across an even competition. More locally, the state’s Under 16 Academy Championships commenced, setting up what looks to be a competitive series.

Under 18 Academy Series – Round Three

For the Queensland academy sides, round three of the Under 18 Academy Series produced polar opposite results. The Gold Coast Suns Academy produced their first victory of the competition whilst the Brisbane Lions Academy were touched up by the Tassie Mariners.  

The Suns ran out 20-point victors over the Giants thanks largely to a blinder from possible father-son prospect Bailey Scott. At Broadbeach on Saturday, Scott notched a team-high 22 disposals, four clearances and  a goal in another strong showing in his third game of the Under 18 Academy Series. He is eligible to be drafted by three clubs (as well as having the option of entering the open draft), as the son of former Cat (132 games) and Kangaroos (111 games) player Robert Scott, as well as being a part of the Gold Coast Academy.

The Suns came out fast kicking three goals to zip in the opening term to help setup the win. Their second term was also strong for the homes side, kicking four goals to two, giving them a 46-20 lead at the half. The second half was much more competitive with the sides going almost goal for goal, but the Suns escaped as victors. They face the winless Northern Territory next round.

The Lions Academy were simply poor against the undefeated Tassie Mariners. The Mariners stamped their authority from the outset kicking four goals to one in the opening stanza. The second term was a scoreless one for the boys from Brisbane as Tasmania put through another four in the term to have an unassailable 54-6 advantage at the half. The second half was pretty much an carbon copy of the first as the Mariners never took the foot of the pedal to easily run out 110-14 victors in a day to forget for the Lions, who face the Giants next weekend.

Queensland Under 16 State Championships

Last weekend saw the 2018 Queensland U16 State Academy Championships get underway at Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex in Burpengary. It was the battle of the Story Bridge to get the championship underway between Brisbane North and South. Brisbane North walked away 35-point victors and must wait until Thursday afternoon to determine who they will face next, as do all other teams. Meanwhile, the representatives from the Gold Coast region had a comprehensive win in their opening game against Sunshine Coast-Wide Bay, getting up by 64 points.

The ladder will be determined at the conclusion of round one, thus deciding the match-ups for round two. Round three is the concluding round where first will face second, third plays fourth, and fifth takes on sixth to finalise the standings. The final game of round one will be at Maroochydore from 12:30 between the South Pacific and North Queensland.