Category: Queensland

Allied states representatives named for revamped AFL Academy

TASMANIA and the Sydney Swans Academy lead all-comers for the most players in the revamped state-based AFL Academies from the Allied sides, with six players each making the the new academy. Both Queensland academies have five players each in the side, while Greater Western Sydney (GWS) GIANTS Academy and Northern Territory have three players each. Two New South Wales representatives, Charlie Byrne and Will Chandler have also made the academy.

The Allies camp will be held from December 3-December 14, with Luke Power named as the Academy coach.

AFL Head of Talent Tristan Salter said it is an exciting time for the country’s best young talent.

“The new approach to the national Academy will ensure more of our most talented players have access to AFL facilities, while receiving the best quality coaching, high performance and wellbeing services in the country,” he said. “Importantly these players will spend more time in their home state, with year-round first-class support that will enhance their opportunity to perform at an elite level through the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships. “I congratulate all who have been named in squads today and I look forward to watching their development over the next 12-24 months.”

Allies

Jackson Barling          Sydney Swans/Willoughby Mosman
Connor Budarick         Gold Coast Suns/Labrador
Charlie Byrne              Murray Bushrangers/Albury
Jackson Callow           Tasmania/North Launceston
Braedon Campbell      Sydney Swans/Westbrook
Will Chandler              Murray Bushrangers/Corowa-Rutherglen
Sam Collins                 Tasmania/North Hobart
Ashton Crossley          Gold Coast Suns/Burleigh/Palm Beach Currumbin
Saxon Crozier             Brisbane Lions/Wests
Jared Dakin                 Tasmania/Launceston
Alex Davies                 Gold Coast Suns/Cairns Hawks
Oliver Davis                Tasmania/Clarence
Liam Delahunty           GWS Giants/Coolamon
Hamish Ellem              Sydney Swans/Manly Warringah
Tom Griffiths               Brisbane Lions/Maroochydore
Tom Green                  GWS Giants/Marist
Errol Gulden                Sydney Swans/Maroubra
Joel Jeffrey                 Northern Territory/Wanderers
Jack Johnston             Gold Coast Suns/Palm Beach Currumbin
Ben Jungfer                Northern Territory/Warpaths/Woodville-West Torrens
Will Martyn                  Brisbane Lions/Aspley
Matt McGrory              GWS Giants/Gungahlin
Mitch O’Neill                Tasmania/North Hobart
Luke Parks                  Sydney Swans/North Shore
Hewago Paul-Oea      Gold Coast Suns/PNG/Broadbeach
Will Peppin                  Tasmania/North Hobart
Josh Rayner                Sydney Swans/North Shore
Malcolm Rosas Jnr     Northern Territory/Darwin
Bruce Reville               Brisbane Lions/Western Magpies/Maryborough
Kobe Tozer                 Brisbane Lions/Aspley/Bribie Island

AFLW Draft preview: Brisbane

BRISBANE has lost a fair few names from its best side over the off-season, but has terrific depth which has seen the Lions make two consecutive Grand Finals. Lauren Arnell arrives at the club to give some vital experience, while young gun Brianna McFarlane signed on as a rookie last week. With the young talent coming through Queensland, it is expected Brisbane will have plenty of new faces walking through the door, and join the likes of Sabrina Frederick-Traub and Jessica Wuetschner as dangerous players to opposition sides. The Lions will look to reload for 2019 and hope to go one better after two near misses.

Last year: 2nd

IN: Lauren Arnell, Brianna McFarlane
OUT: Kaitlyn Ashmore, Renee Cowan, Britt Gibson, Nicole Hildebrand, Kalinda Howarth, Tahlia Randall, Molly Ritson (rookie), Jamie Stanton.

BRISBANE AFLW list (25/30)

  • Ally Anderson
  • Lauren Arnell
  • Bella Ayre
  • Emily Bates
  • Ruby Blair
  • Shannon Campbell
  • Arianna Clarke
  • Gabby Collingwood
  • Sophie Conway
  • Nat Exon
  • Sabrina Frederick-Traub
  • Megan Hunt
  • Leah Kaslar
  • Jessy Keeffe
  • Breanna Koenan
  • Kate Lutkins
  • Kate McCarthy
  • Brianna McFarlane
  • Emma Pittman
  • Krystal Scott
  • Sam Virgo
  • Sharni Webb
  • Jessica Wuetschner
  • Jordan Zanchetta
  • Emma Zielke.

DRAFT PICKS

9, 22, 33, 44, 54, 60, 65

POSSIBLE DRAFT PROSPECTS

Brisbane is in the unique position of having the senior coach – Craig Starcevich – as the head coach for the Queensland Under 18s side, which had a terrific AFL Women’s Under 18 Championships. He will know not only the talent, but the characters of the players inside and out. Of those invited to the AFL Women’s Draft Combine, athletic ruck Lauren Bella could slot straight into the side to replace Tahlia Randall, coming off a strong performance at the championships, and impressive testing results at the combine. Under 18s state captain, Natalie Grider is another prospect expected to join her coach at the Lions, primarily playing off half-back at the championships and showing good composure and skills out of the back half. Jacqui Yorston was the third Queenslander invited to the combine, and will be able to slot straight into the Brisbane midfield if required. Only so many Queenslanders can make their way onto the Brisbane list, but Jade Ellenger, Tori Groves-Little and Jesse Wardlaw played off in a senior Grand Final in the Queensland Women’s Football League and did not look out of place. With Gold Coast coming in next year, even if some miss out this season, there will more opportunities available ahead of the 2020 season.

Queensland weekly wrap: Southport and Sydney to clash in NEAFL decider

THE North Eastern Australian Football League (NEAFL) decider is finally here, while the Queensland Australian Football League (QAFL) preliminary final will determine the second grand finalist in that league.

NEAFL Grand Final:

The NEAFLs big dance is on this Sunday afternoon from 1pm at Fankhauser Reserve, Southport who host the Sydney Swans. The Grand Final will be streamed live on NEAFL TV.

Southport’s 11.15 (81) to 6.8 (44) victory over Aspley in a wet preliminary final means the Sharks have gone from finishing ninth last year to hosting the club’s first NEAFL Grand Final in one season. The Sharks’ success is in no small part due to the appointment of Stephen Daniel as new head coach this season. Daniel also is the NEAFL Coach of the year for 2018, taking Southport to the minor premiership.

Sydney just missed the minor premiership on percentage but look set to take part in what promises to be a fantastic first against second grand final clash. The 18.10 (118) to 8.14 (62) preliminary final win over the Canberra Demons, sees the Swans reach their third Grand Final in as many years and keeps their hopes for an inaugural NEAFL flag alive.

Graphic: NEAFL

QAFL- Now There are Three:

It has reached the preliminary final stage across the seniors and reserves of the QAFL. The reserve grade certainly has a Gold Coast feel to it, with Labrador and Palm Beach playing this weekend to decide who will make the grand final against local rivals Broadbeach.

Minor premiers Broadbeach may prefer to face Palm Beach after they escaped with a two-point win over Labrador in week two of the finals. Labrador also managed to defeat second-placed Mt Gravatt in week one of the finals, and like Palm Beach, have had to go the hard way, playing every week of the finals.

Kick-off for the QAFL Reserves Preliminary Final is 11:30am this Saturday from Subaru Oval, Broadbeach.

This is followed by the Seniors preliminary final between hosts Broadbeach and Morningside.  Palm Beach have been the top side all year and await the winner. Morningside won a nine-point nail-biter against Surfers Paradise last weekend. However, in week one the Panthers were beaten 123-76 by Broadbeach at the same venue to be played this Saturday afternoon.

During the home and away season, Broadbeach and Morningside split a win apiece, perhaps making this one harder to predict. Regardless the winner will have the toughest task facing Palm Beach in the grand final next week.

Kick-off for the QAFL Seniors Preliminary Final is 2pm this Saturday from Subaru Oval, Broadbeach.

AFL9s Open Now:

Across the state, registrations for AFL9s are underway and include Mixed, Mens and Youth competitions across over 20 venues from Townsville to the Northern Rivers along the border. For more information head to the AFL9s Queensland Facebook page.

Queensland weekly wrap: Maroons set to star in futures showcase

WITH both Queensland AFL sides watching finals action from beyond the fence, all eyes are on the next generation of stars set to grace the hallowed MCG turf, as well as all of the off-field post season action which comes into effect shortly. 

Queensland prospects to play at the ‘Big Dance’

On Tuesday, the teams for the Under 17 Futures game were announced. Included amongst the two teams are some talented Queensland prospects who will strut their stuff before they’re eligible for the 2019 draft.

The two teams have been named after recently-retired AFL stars Nick Riewoldt and Jimmy Bartel

Gold Coast Academy’s Connor Budarick is the sole Queensland representative on Team Riewoldt while Team Bartel will feature Hewago Paul Oea (Gold Coast Academy), and Will Martyn (Brisbane Academy).  

Oea or ‘Ace’ is an exciting Papua New Guinea prospect that joined the Suns Academy earlier this year on a two year international scholarship. ‘Ace’ who began his journey with strong performances representing PNG in the Under 16 Queensland State Championships in 2017, and went on to play for Queensland in the national championships before being selected as the first PNG player to be part of the NAB AFL Academy.

The hype around Budarick is already substantial due to his proven ability to dominate games at the senior QAFL level. Along with teammate Oea, Budarick is one of only two players from his age level in Queensland to be selected in the National Academy, back in 2017.

Martyn, from the Brisbane Academy has had a strong year at the state level. This includes two best on ground performances – one against Vic Country where he kicked two goals late in the contest to almost power Queensland over the line, and the other against state rivals NSW/ACT back in July where Martyn really dominated, grabbing 30 touches and laying 10 tackles.  

The Under-17s ‘Futures’ game will be broadcast live from 10am on Grand Final day, and will be streamed on afl.com.au and the AFL Live Official App.

Lynch makes his choice

The race for free agent Tom Lynch is over with the Gold Coast Suns captain making his decision to go to Richmond. It is understood both Hawthorn and Collingwood have been told they have missed out on the most wanted out of contract player this off-season.

No official announcement on where he wants to sign is expected to be made until after the finals, or after Richmond have finished in the finals, which is likely to be one and the same thing with the top of the ladder Tigers expected to make the grand final.

AFL Queensland finals fever

Finals fever has hit Queensland AFL right now with grand finals decided across various divisions, as well as other competitors squarely in their finals campaigns. For more information head to the AFL Queensland website for a wrap of the whole state’s finals landscape.

Queensland weekly wrap: Finals time arrives

FINALS time has well and truly arrived across the country and Queensland, which means Queensland Australian Football League (QAFL) knockout action is about to get underway. Meanwhile at the elite level, both Brisbane and Gold Coast’s years are winding down having comfortably missed out on finals.

QAFL finals kick off

The QAFL Seniors and Reserves finals get underway this weekend and the competition in the Seniors couldn’t be any tighter. Palm Beach have been the top side all year and have the week off whilst Broadbeach face Morningside in a qualifying final, and Surfers Paradise face Mt Gravatt in a do or die elimination encounter.  

Broadbeach claimed second spot on the ladder with 11 wins this season, while 10 wins apiece from Morningside, Surfers Paradise and Mt Gravatt, puts them third to fifth in that order with only percentage separating them.  

In Reserve grade, it appears to be a two horse race for the QAFL Reserve crown between first placed Broadbeach and second placed Mt Gravatt. Broadbeach have 14 wins this season and Mt Gravatt have 13 to be a few games clear of their finals counterparts; Labrador, Palm Beach and Western Magpies. Much like the Seniors, Labrador (third), Palm Beach (fourth) and the Western Magpies (fifth), are all clustered together in the bottom half of the top five, making results very hard to predict.

Overall it should be a cracking finals series in both QAFL divisions. Head down to the games or catch all the action via the QAFL Facebook page.

 

Season over for Lions and Suns

The closing of the home and away season marks the end of the year for the Brisbane Lions and Gold Coast Suns. For Gold Coast it was not the ideal send off with a 102-point loss to eight place Geelong, but with speculation over Michael Barlow’s future, he did himself plenty of favours with a 35 possession game.

Alex Sexton ended the season as club leading goalkeeper with 28 whilst Touk Miller led the disposal count at 485. Jarrod Witts’ magnificent season ended with 854 hitouts, good for second in the AFL behind only All-Australian Ruckman Max Gawn.

From a team perspective the Suns are in a full rebuild, exemplified by Tom Lynch leaving the club. They will get high picks in the offseason to add to some impressive young talent that just needs time and experience. The Suns end the season in 17th with four wins, two down on last year’s total but taking into account a much more competitive competition this season.

The Brisbane Lions have ended their season with five wins, exactly the same as last season but the win-loss record doesn’t tell the whole story. The Lions have been much more competitive this season in no small part thanks to the additions of Luke Hodge and Charlie Cameron who provided immediate positive impact on the team. In addition, some Lions have had breakout seasons including the likes of; Eric Hipwood, Jarrod Berry, Alex Witherden and Hugh McCluggage.

A couple of Lions were unlucky not to be named in the final All-Australian squad. Harris Andrews and Dayne Beams made the 40-man squad but couldn’t make the final 22. Nevertheless, those two alongside veterans Dayne Zorko, and Mitch Robinson in particular had strong seasons.

Looking ahead, the future of the Lions looks very bright based off close losses this season against stiff opposition who have walked all over them in the past. With Chris Fagan and Hodge at the helm the sky is the limit for Brisbane.

Wilston Grange claims QWAFL flag with come-from-behind victory

WILSTON Grange has claimed the 2018 Queensland Women’s Australian Football League (QWAFL) premiership with a come-from-behind victory over a determined Coorparoo outfit on the weekend. The Grand Final was tight and contested as expected, and the Kings looked to be switched on from the first bounce. The tide turned on the back of an inspirational tackle from a 17 year-old Under 18s state representative, changing the course of the grand final.

The first key play of the day saw a mis-kick from Kings forward, Jenae Govan luckily landed in front of Brisbane AFL Women’s star, Jess Wuetschner who slid in, took the mark and then converted from 15 metres out to hand the Kings their first goal. Moments later, a 50 metre encroachment penalty helped Samantha Hurst move to almost point blank range, and within five minutes, the underdogs had two goals on the board. It took until the nineteenth minute for the minor premiers to get on the board, when an “overzealous” Wuetschner was penalised for a tackle on Gorilla opponent Jordan Membrey. From 15 metres out on a slight angle, Membrey shook the collective monkey off Wilston Grange’s back with a dead-eye goal. The Kings still held an eight-point lead at quarter time and were deserving leaders at the first break.

The highlight of the second term came when Tori Groves-Little pumped the ball long inside 50, but a smart Michaela Campbell, who had been prolific in rebounding out of the Gorillas’ defence, gave it off and received it back via Courtney Daniec. Her kick went long to a contest, but while it wrapped up the perfect work from the stoppage saw AFL Women’s Lions star, Kate Lutkins win the footy and pump it long. Creating a contest, Maddison Peeters forced the ball out for Tahlia Randall to give it off to Jamie Stanton who made no mistake off a couple of steps, putting the Gorillas back within a point and breaking the goal drought. A couple more chances went begging late in the term, but it gave Wilston Grange a two-point lead at the main break.

Emerging from the half-time break, Wuetschner opted for the long sleeves in the second half, and it seemed to work. After Ally Anderson won a free kick for another encroachment, Wuetschner knew her teammate could not make the distance and made a couple of leads, changing direction before Anderson drilled a pass onto her chest. She made no mistake, converting from straight in front and putting her side back in the lead just two and a half minutes into the third quarter. The pair had been amongst Coorparoo’s best to date, along with youngster Jade Ellenger, while for Wilston Grange, Campbell and Lutkins were superb in defence, and Isabel Dawes was creative in midfield.

Coorparoo teenager, Jesse Tawhiao-Wardlaw was battling hard in the ruck at times against the experienced All-Australian Lutkins. But if you are looking at big moments, none bigger came when bottom-ager Isabel Dawes stopped a certain free kick with a run-down tackle in the goal square. Tawhiao-Wardlaw blocked an opponent, handballed to Wuetschner who kicked into the vacant square where it was marked by Govan, who thought she would stroll in for the easiest of goals. But instead, Dawes blindsided her and brought her down before she could get boot to ball. Had she kicked it, Coorparoo would have gone 10 points up midway through the third term. Just two minutes later, Wilston Grange locked the ball inside 50 and Jemma Abbott chipped in to Membrey who took a step and nailed a goal from 35 metres out to hand the Gorillas the lead.

From there, the Gorillas never looked back. Another attack was thwarted by Ellenger who sidestepped an opponent on the last line and kicked out of defence, with the Queensland Under 18 representative among the top players on the day. The Kings were desperate in defence, but the Gorillas press was causing headaches. Unfortunately for Ellenger, she tried to get out of one too many tackles when she was caught holding the ball and Lutkins delivered from the set shot. A couple of minutes later, Brittany Gibson kicked a brilliant goal off a couple of steps and handed the Gorillas a vital 15-point lead. Wuetschner had a chance to cut the deficit, but played on and miskicked towards Govan in the square and the ball was rushed across the line for a three quarter time deficit of 14 points.

The final term saw just four behinds scored, as the damage was done. From that Dawes tackle to stop the Kings lead going into double figures, the Gorillas had booted the last three goals of the game. They were fierce in their attack going forward, with so many options looking to kick long inside 50 and seemingly putting pressure on the Kings defence. In response, the Kings held up strongly, but with Lutkins and Campbell in the back half, they could not penetrate the stringent defence, falling short and going down 5.7 (37) to 3.5 (23).

Anderson was arguably Coorparoo’s best in the defeat, quelled a little more by Dawes in the second half, but created great run and carry kicking long inside 50. Wuetschner had her chances up forward, converting two majors, while Ellenger was willing to take the game on in defence. For the winners, there was not shortage of top performers, but Lutkins, Campbell and Stanton were enormous, while Dawes was terrific in midfield.

WILSTON GRANGE 1.0 | 2.3 | 5.5 | 5.7 (37)
COORPAROO 2.2 | 2.2 | 3.3 | 3.5 (23)

GOALS:

Wilston Grange: J. Membrey 2, K. Lutkins, J. Stanton, B. Gibson.
Coorparoo: J. Wuetschner 2, S. Hurst.

QWAFL weekly wrap: Preliminary finals

IT was a great day for Coorparoo as both the Queensland Women’s Australian Football League (QWAFL) and Queensland Women’s Football Association (QWFA) Division One sides made it through to their respective grand finals after close wins in the preliminary final stage.

 

QWAFL:

COORPAROO 2.0 | 7.5 | 9.5 | 9.5 (59)
UNI OF QUEENSLAND 1.1 | 6.2 | 6.7 | 6.7 (43)

GOALS:

Coorparoo: T. Groves-Little 4, J. Wuetschner 2, M. Ingram 2, K. Geddes.
Uni of Queensland: D. Davidson , M. McGorm, E. Pericic, R. Vetter, S. Frederick-Traub, G. Collingwood.

BEST:

Coorparoo: L. Blue, J. Ellenger, K. Lawrence, S. Young, T. Groves-Little, K. Geddes
Uni of Queensland: S. Frederick-Traub, M. Hunt, A. McNabb, S. Webb, E. Pericic, G. Brennan

Coorparoo is through to the QWAFL Grand Final, earning the right to face minor premiers Wilston Grange once again after defeating University of Queensland by 16 points in an exciting contest. The Blues made the most of limited opportunities in the first term to boot 2.2 to the Red Lions’ 1.1. The second term was the complete opposite to the first quarter with a massive 10 goals scored between the sides, as both teams scored five apiece. Coming out in the second half, it was the Blues who made the most of their chances, booting the only two goals of the half, while the Red Lions peppered the goals with five behinds. Neither side scored in the final term which saw the second-placed team set up a meeting with their semi-final conquerors.

Tori Groves-Little was the difference up forward on the day for the Blues, booting four of the game’s 15 goals, while Brisbane Lions’ AFL Women’s star Jess Wuetschner finished the game with two majors, as did Matilda Ingram. The Red Lions had six individual goal kickers including Brisbane AFLW players Sabrina Frederick-Traub and Gabby Collingwood who each scored a major. Frederick-Traub was named the losing side’s best player, along with Megan Hunt, Alana McNabb and Sharni Webb. For the winners, Laura Blue was named the best on ground, along with Queensland Under-18 representative Jade Ellenger and Kylie Lawrence.

 

QWFA Division One:

COORPAROO 3.2 | 3.2 | 8.7 | 9.7 (61)
BURLEIGH 1.2 | 4.5 | 5.5 | 6.7 (43)

GOALS:

Coorparoo: M. Pullinger 6, M. Farmer 2, C. Osler.
Burleigh: Not supplied.

BEST:

Coorparoo: E. Rose, E. Dillon, K. Day, M. Walkington, M. Farmer, M. Pullinger
Burleigh: Not supplied

Coorparoo made it the double in the top two women’s grades, after running out winners over a determined Burleigh by 18 points to advance through to the QWAFA Division One Grand Final. The Blues finished top of the table after the regular season, but had a shock loss to second-placed Aspley Hornets in the semi-final stage to be forced to earn their way back into the decider. On the weekend, they fought back from a half-time deficit to record a three-goal win. Coorparoo started strongly, booting three goals to one in the opening term, but then the Bombettes hit back with the only three goals of the second term to head into half-time with a nine-point advantage. Coorparoo powered their way into the Grand Final with a five goals to one term in the premiership quarter, holding off the visitors to win and have another crack as Aspley. Meg Pullinger starred with six goals to be the difference between the sides, while Emily Rose and Emma Dillon were named the Blues’ best on the day.

Queensland weekly wrap: QFA finals set to go

WITH the AFL regular season all but wrapping up in a couple of rounds, after this weekend’s Q-Clash, the QFA finals series is set to get underway across the state. Elsewhere, Australian International Islamic College Brisbane claimed their second consecutive Bachar Houli Cup victory.

QFA finals footy gets underway

The first week of finals footy gets underway for a number of divisions in the QFA competitions. QFA Senior and Reserve divisions 3, 4, and 5 kick off across the weekend.  For details on the fixtures, click here and find your relevant competition.

Finals fever also hits regional Queensland this weekend in the Wide Bay and Capricornia areas. The Wide Bay Seniors finals series will kick off this weekend with the Hervey Bay Bombers, the Gympie Cats, the Bay Power and the Brothers Bulldogs qualifying for a chance at the flag.

In the Reserve grade it is the again the Hervey Bay Bombers, Gympie Cats, Brothers Bulldogs joined by Across the Waves Bundaberg AFC battling for the flag. Find more information on Wide Bay AFL here under the headings 2018 AFLWB Pacific Gold Macadamias Seniors, 2018 AFLWB Pacific Gold Macadamias Reserves.

And perhaps a grand final preview will occur in Capricornia finals with the Yeppoon Swans taking on the Glenmore Bulls in a first v second battle in the Seniors grade. The winner will advance to the big dance, and the loser plays a preliminary knockout match against the Boyne Island Tannum Sands Saints.

And in the Capricornia’s Reserves it’s Yeppoon facing off against Boyne Island’s reserves in another first vs second battle. The loser faces Glenmore’s reserves next week for a second bite of the Grand Final cherry.

Find more information on Capricornia AFL here.

 

AIIC Brisbane win Bachar Houli Cup

Australian International Islamic College Brisbane took out the 2018 Bachar Houli Cup last Friday at Yeronga. The competition saw three schools and 50 Islamic students partake, with the goal to improve participation numbers from the Islamic community in Aussie Rules. Australian International Islamic College Brisbane has now won the event for the second year in a row.

 

Saturday night Q-Clash

The most intense rivalry in Queensland AFL continues on Saturday night when the Brisbane Lions play the Gold Coast Suns at Metricon Stadium. Nearing the end of the season a lot of pride will be on the line for two sides not in the finals and wanting to get the better of their Queensland counterparts.

The Lions and Suns are both sitting on 16 competition points and coming off tough losses to premiership big guns last round. It will be an enticing battle; on one hand the Lions have shown plenty of promise and development this season across the board whilst at the same time losing close matches that they could’ve easily taken.

On the other hand, are the Suns who are amid the controversy of Tom Lynch leaving the club and perhaps other big names to join. This week Lion Nick Robertson labelled the Suns “soft” on radio, surely to spark to a response from the Gold Coast players and fans.

Tip-off is 7:25 from Metricon Stadium.

Ankle injury a blessing in disguise for Postlethwaite

DEVASTATION hit Queensland representative, Lily Postlethwaite last year when an ankle injury sidelined her from playing in her maiden AFL Women’s Under 18s tournament.

But being the positive person that she is, Postlethwaite used the injury as an opportunity to watch on and learn from the best young footballers in the country.

“I didn’t think I was really going to make Queensland last year so I was kind of surprised when Starce (Craig Starcevich, Brisbane AFLW coach and Queensland Under 18 Girls coach) picked me for that. “When I had my ankle (injury), I was just watching everything and seeing what the girls do. “We go from school girls straight into 18s. “It’s a big step-up in terms of professionalism and stuff.”

But coming into this year, the 17 year-old feels like this experience has put her ahead, as she has been able to turn the watching into doing. The star midfielder was named Queensland’s best-on-ground in all three of its games on the Gold Coast, showing her capability to tear a game apart. Perhaps the most memorable game was against Vic Metro, where her side recorded its first win of the tournament against a fancied opponent.

“It was amazing (winning),” Postlethwaite said. “First win in a Queensland jumper for myself and a fair few of the other girls. “We just came together and it was a great win. “Altogether we played really well so I was out there playing my role but altogether we did the team job.”

Postlethwaite has not been playing football for long, but has enjoyed a rapid rise to the top, as she is currently a member of the AFL Women’s Academy and the Brisbane Lions Academy. But before all this, the Queenslander used football as a means of bonding with her father.

“I didn’t start (football) that long ago,” Postlethwaite said. “I think this is my fourth club season. “I used to train with my dad at the masters club [a football club for people over 35 years old] to play just for a muck around. “Then they had a girls team there and dad’s like you should give it a go so I was like yeah why not. “From there, I didn’t look back.”

Fast forward to 2018 and the 17 year-old is enjoying being a member of two prestigious Australian Rules academies.

“That’s great, that’s been really good,” she said about the Brisbane Lions Academy. “Also we have the high performance academy for that as well on a Tuesday and sometimes a Thursday so that really helps with gym and stuff.”

The AFL Women’s Academy in particular has been a highlight for Postlethwaite, who has enjoyed developing her skills alongside the best Under-18 footballers in the country.

“That’s the best thing I’ve ever done, I love that,” she said. “All the girls from there and coming out here and playing against them has been a great experience. “Those Darwin and Melbourne trips, I’ll never forget them.”

Before she played football, Postlethwaite used to play Oztag, but gave up the sport due to its limited future options.

“I played Oztag for a fair few years for Queensland and stuff like that,” she said. “It was alright but it kind of wasn’t the sport to be in. “There wasn’t really any future for it. “I kind of wanted to change it up a bit.”

Since Postlethwaite has swapped the tag for the Sherrin, she has been able to witness the growth of female football in Australia, and now has her sights set on AFL Women’s.

“Once the AFLW opened up, watching all those girls perform well at that level, it’s something we can all aspire to for the future I guess,” she said. “It just gives us something to look forward to, we can give it our all now that we have something to aim for. “I’m just focusing on every step at the moment and working hard to get there. “Anything can happen, there’s still a long way to go.”

Weekly wrap: QWAFL – Semi-finals

WILSTON GRANGE has gone straight through to the Queensland Women’s Australian Football League (QWAFL) Grand Final after defeating Coorparoo in a tight contest. In the other game, University of Queensland knocked out Coolangatta Tweed to earn a face-off against Coorparoo next week.

 

UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND 2.3 | 2.3 | 6.4 | 8.5 (53)
COOLANGATTA TWEED 1.2 | 3.3 | 4.3 | 4.3 (27)

GOALS:

University of Queensland: M. McGorm 4, R. VettBer, M. Wood, S. Webb, N. Grider
Coolangatta Tweed: M. Roberts 2, B. McFarlane, S. Carter

BEST:

University of Queensland: M. Beaven, M. McGorm, J. Henning, N. Grider, S. Webb, J. Stone
Coolangatta Tweed: B. Pinchin, M. Roberts, E. Hagan, S. Goodman, Z. Wood, Z. Lattanzi

After leading at half time, Coolangatta Tweed did not score during the second half, as the Red Lions hit their straps and kicked six second half goals. Marnie McGorm was the hero for the University of Queensland, booting through four of her side’s eight majors. She was complemented by majors from Rachael Vetter, Maddison Wood, Brisbane AFLW player, Sharni Webb and Queensland Under-18 captain, Natalie Grider. McGorm, Webb and Grider were all named in the best as well for the winning side, and will have a chance to back up their efforts next week in a do-or-die preliminary final. For Coolangatta Tweed, Maddy Roberts kicked two goals while Eastern Allies Under-18 representative, Brianna McFarlane and Sandra Carter each kicked a major. Bethany Pinchin was named best-on-ground for the Blues and was complemented by good games from Emily Hagan, Selina Goodman, Zoe Wood and Zoe Lattanzi.

 

WILSTON GRANGE 1.5 | 3.6 | 3.13 | 4.14 (38)
COORPAROO 0.1 | 1.2 | 3.3 | 4.4 (28)

GOALS:

Wilston Grange: M. Peeters, M. Campbell, C. Daniec, J. Yorston.
Coorparoo: J. Wuetschner, J. Govan, J. Tawhiao-Wardlaw, L. Blue.

BEST:

Wilston Grange: Not supplied.
Coorparoo: E. Mckenzie, C. Edmunds, E. Gibson, J. Ellenger, J. Wuetschner, L. Blue.

It was a hard-fought win for Wilston Grange, whose inaccuracy kept Coorparoo in the game. Both teams kicked four goals but the Gorillas’ superior behinds got them over the line. Maddison Peeters, Michaela Campbell, Courtney Daniec and Queensland Under 18 representative, Jacqueline Yorston were the goal kickers for Wilston Grange. Coorparoo’s goals came from Brisbane AFLW forward, Jess Wuetschner, QWAFL leading goal kicker, Jenae Govan, Queensland Under 18 player, Jesse Tawhiao-Wardlaw and Laura Blue. Emma Gibson was judged best afield for the losing side while Queensland Under 18 duo, Jade Ellenger and Tori Groves-Little were in the mix. State teammate, Isabel Dawes featured in the Gorillas’ win and could play a key role in the Grand Final.

 

QWAFA Division One:

Aspley Hornets 9.5 (59) defeated Coorparoo 2.1 (13)
Burleigh 7.5 (47) defeated Moreton Bay 1.7 (13)

In a remarkable round of finals action, two upsets occurred in the semi-finals stage, with second placed Aspley Hornets moving through to the Grand Final after toppling minor premiers Coorparoo by 46 points, while fifth placed Burleigh stunned third placed Moreton Bay, with a 34-point win, to knock the Lions out of the flag race. Four goals from Kylie Guarino was the standout performer for the Hornets, named best on ground for her impressive forward haul. Anna Van De Wiel and Teegan Stevenson were also named among the winners best, while for Coorparoo, Matilda Ingram was the top player. In the other game, Burleigh had emphatic win over Moreton Bay, booting three goals in the last term to run out comfortable winners and move through to the preliminary final. The goals or bests were not supplied, but for Moreton Bay, Under 18s star Lily Postlethwaite was named best in Lions colours once again.