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Queensland weekly wrap: Colts fixtures released; juniors embrace AFLX

IN the past week, Queensland football lovers have seen the release of the QAFL and QFA Colts 2018 fixtures released, as well as an AFLX trial at the Under 14 Cross-Conference Invitational.

QAFL and QFA Colts 2018 Fixtures Released

AFL Queensland has announced the finalised structure and fixtures for the Under 18 Colts competition ahead of the 2018 season. The updated structure includes six new teams that will participate in the Colts format in 2018; increasing the total number of clubs involved to 24 – four more than last year. The structure aims to align teams with their existing senior competitions, with the 24 teams grouped into three separate competitions.

The alignment aims to assist in the transition of players from the youth ranks to senior football. As a result, most matches in the fixture will commence at 9:30am, prior to each club’s respective senior fixtures. All three competitions feature a 19-round home and away season, before a finals series at its conclusion. Grand Finals will be held on September 15 (QFA Colts Maroon), September 16 (QFA Colts White) and September 22/23 (QAFL Colts) adding to the theatre of existing Grand Final days.

All Colts competition games commence on April 21.

AFLX takes centre stage at Under 14 Cross-Conference Invitational

AFLX made its first venture into Queensland youth football last weekend as 18 teams across the Wide Bay and South East Queensland regions competed in the Under 14 Youth Boys Cross-Conference Carnival Invitationals. Rules from the latest footballing initiative such as ten-point ‘zooper’ goals, kick-ins after all scores and play on form posts were all incorporated in the carnival, however games were still played on a traditional football oval.

Both Wynnum and the Sunshine Coast hosted one-day carnivals on March 25th for several Under 14 clubs as part of their preseason preparations. Ten teams from the Wide Bay, Brisbane and Sunshine Coast leagues participated at the Sunshine Coast event at North Shore AFC, whilst eight teams from the Brisbane and Gold Coast regions partook in the Wynnum carnival.

Feedback from clubs across the offseason as part of the Youth Male Strategy highlighted a desire for more variety in the games played and the opportunity for an alternative match day experience. As a result, AFL Queensland developed the initiative to provide South East Queensland junior AFL clubs with increased variety of opposition in the preseason as teams from different competitions and regions played against each other.

Each team across both carnivals played four games throughout the day with everyone receiving a participation medal for their contribution on the day.

AFL Round Two:  

Brisbane Lions vs. Melbourne Demons

Melbourne survived a huge scare, holding off a ferocious Brisbane comeback to win by 26 points at the Gabba on Saturday night. The clash marked the first home game of the season for the Lions and Luke Hodge’s first appearance at the Gabba in Lions’ colours.  For the second week in a row the Lions have given their opposition the start as the Demons kicked five goals to the Lions’ three behinds in the first term. This had Brisbane down by 31 points heading into the second term. Again, the Lions were to aggressive with ball in hand to the point of recklessness, blazing away when they needed to slow the game down. The result was a glut of turnovers, particularly entering attack, leaving them stranded as the ball rebounded the other way.

In the second term both sides were on level pegging, but for the majority of the second half the Lions were much more dominant. Between the seven-minute mark of the third quarter and the 17-minute mark of the last, the Demons didn’t kick a goal. The Lions drew level through Allen Christensen’s third major, and had the momentum to roll over the top of the visitors. But critical mistakes cost them, and the Demons rallied to pull away in the last 10 minutes.

Jesse Hogan and Jeff Garlett were particularly instrumental for the Demons. Hogan was dominant, setting up Melbourne’s victory with three goals from 14 possessions and seven marks in the first half, with two more final quarter goals sealing the win. Garlett as usual needed only a couple of half-chances to have an impact, kicking two and giving away another to Nathan Jones in the first half. Like Hogan, he kicked two more in the last when his side needed a spark.

There were bright spots for the Lions. On top of the courage shown to come all the way back to level the scores at one stage, Crows import Charlie Cameron was the Lions’ best player and barely wasted a touch. But Melbourne were a stronger unit, beating the Lions inside for contested ball. The Lions drop to 0-2 ahead of trips to play Port Adelaide and Richmond in the next fortnight.

Final Scores:

Brisbane 10.14 (74) defeated by Melbourne 14.16 (100)

Goals:

Brisbane: Cameron 3, Christensen 3, Bewick, Zorko, Hipwood, Cox.
Melbourne: Hogan 5, Garlett 4, Jones 2, Fritsch 2, Neal-Bullen.

Best:

Brisbane: Cameron, Christensen, Cox, Taylor, Zorko
Melbourne: Hogan, Garlett, Oliver, Jones, Petracca

Gold Coast Suns vs. Carlton Blues

In-demand power forward Tom Lynch booted eight goals to help Gold Coast Suns to a convincing 28-point win over Carlton, keeping their undefeated record intact. The Suns led from start to finish, bursting out of the blocks with five goals to one in the opening term to set up a handy buffer. Their relentless pressure ensured that the Blues could find no easy way back into the game, highlighting the new brand of football that coach Stuart Dew has swiftly enforced.

Pocket rockets Darcy Macpherson and Jarryd Lyons were in the thick of things with game-highs in tackles (10) and contested possessions (26) respectively. They were supported well by former Blue Nick Holman, who continued his impressive return to AFL football with 15 disposals and 10 tackles. Their collective impact made all the difference on the day, as the Blues won the disposal and inside 50 counts comfortably, but found themselves butchering the ball in important areas under the pressure of 93 Gold Coast tackles. 

The home side were up against it before the ball was even bounced, with their ever-reliable ruckman Matthew Kreuzer a late out, replaced by midfielder Cameron Polson. It proved to be telling, as Jarrod Witts took full advantage of the less-experienced rotation of Levi Casboult, Charlie Curnow and Cam O’Shea, who was on debut. While Curnow put in a solid shift with his two goals alongside his brother Ed, who was ever-present with his 38 disposals and 10 tackles, the Blues lacked a spark in the forward half and were swiftly found out for it.

For the second time in their history the Suns will go into round three with a perfect record, looking to improve to a 3-0 record with a win against Fremantle Dockers at home. Their early season form is a far-cry from what many expected out of the young Suns squad, and there is sure to be some excitement up on the Gold Coast with the Commonwealth Games due to commence this week.    

Final Scores:

Gold Coast 15.11 (101) defeated Carlton 9.13 (67)

Goals:

Carlton: Wright 2, C. Curnow 2, Cripps, Fisher, Weitering, Lamb, Murphy.
Gold Coast: Lynch 8, Martin 3, Macpherson, Lyons, Ainsworth, Young.

Best:

Carlton: Cripps, E. Curnow, C. Curnow, Simpson, Petrevski-Seton, Murphy
Gold Coast: Lynch, Witts, Swallow, Martin, Lyons, Hall, Thompson

Queensland weekly wrap – Senior sides success; QWAFL fixture released

THE past week in Queensland footy has been highlighted by the success of the Brisbane Lions’ mens and womens teams, along with big news for the Queensland Women’s Australian Football League (QWAFL) competition in 2018.

Sensational Saturday for the Lions

The Brisbane Lions could do no wrong on Saturday – the women ran out convincing winners over Carlton in their AFLW clash, while the men won the night three fixture of the new AFLX competition in Sydney.

AFLW Round 3 | Carlton Blues 2.6 (18) def. by Brisbane Lions 6.4 (40)

GOALS:

BL: Conway 2, Gibson, Wuetschner, Ashmore, Exon.
CAR: Vescio, Gay.

BEST:

BL: Bates, Lutkins, Stanton, McCarthy.
CAR: Harrington, Gay, Stevens, Moody.

CROWD: 6,200 at Ikon Park

The Lions came into this match against ladder leaders Carlton in fourth place, looking to legitimise their status as premiership contenders. The first quarter was a low-scoring affair with the Lions heading into the break leading by just the one behind, despite a 12-5 advantage in inside 50s.

The goal drought was broken 13 minutes into the second term when Lion Kaitlyn Ashmore converted the only goal of a tight and scrappy quarter. At half-time, the Lions were up 1.2 (8) to Carlton 0.2 (2).  

The Lions came out swinging after the main break. Just 90 seconds into the third term, prolific goal kicker Jessica Wuetschner showed off her skill with a trademark left foot snap from the boundary. A few minutes later, Brittany Gibson marked and drilled a 30-metre shot to suddenly give the Lions a three-goal lead, crushing the Blues’ spirits.

The Blues managed their first goal 14 minutes into the third term when Maddison Gay found herself on the end of a handball in the goal-square and converted, cutting the lead to 11 points at the last change. The final term went all the Lions’ way, kicking three more goals to the Blues’ one to run out 22-point victors.  

The Lions and Blues have now traded ladder positions after round three. Looking ahead to round four, the Lions will face fifth placed Fremantle on Saturday February 24 at 3:35pm in front of their home fans at the South Pine Sports Complex.

AFLX Night Three:

Game 1: Brisbane 4.3.8 (66) def Richmond 4.3.3 (61)
Game 2: Brisbane 3.5.4 (64) def Giants 2.6.2 (58)

Grand Final: Brisbane 5.2.5 (67) def Sydney 2.3.3 (41)

The Brisbane Lions AFL side have kick-started their year, surprising almost everyone by winning night three of the new AFLX competition. They join the Adelaide Crows and Melbourne Demons in winning their AFLX fixture.

The Lions took a 14-man squad mixed with young talent and experience consisting of: Ben Keays, Allen Christensen, Mitch Robinson, Tom Bell, Rohan Bewick, Daniel Rich, Jacob Allison, Cedric Cox, Tom Cutler, Zac Bailey, Rhys Mathieson, Corey Lyons, Mitchell Hinge and Jake Barrett.

Experienced campaigners Daniel Rich, Mitch Robinson and Tom Bell provided enormous presence in all three games, using their football smarts in the frantic-paced games. Following a recent history of shoulder issues, Allen Christensen enjoyed his return to the AFL scene showing off his creativity in front of goal, which Lions fans hope he replicates throughout the AFL season.

There were also notable and consistent contributions from young guns Ben Keays, Jacob Allison and new draftee Zac Bailey. Both the young and older Lions players produced three games of quality, which is sure to give the organisation and fans more to look forward to as the season soon kicks into gear.

QWAFL Fixtures Released:

Earlier this week, AFL Queensland announced the 2018 Bond University Queensland Women’s Australian Football League (QWAFL) fixture for the upcoming 2018 season. The QWAFL is the premier women’s football league in Queensland, directly feeding talent into the AFLW competition.

The 17-round season sees the inclusion of new team Bond University, rounding out the seven teams competing.

QWAFL Competition Manager, Fiona Jones, says the fixture will bring out the best of women’s football in Queensland. Talking to AFL Queensland she said, “there’s plenty of anticipation off the back of the thrilling Grand Final last year between Yeronga and Coorparoo, the continued success of the Brisbane Lions AFL Women’s team and the increase of participation numbers at QWAFL clubs around the south east region.”

The QWAFL will take another step forward in 2018 with all matches to be filmed, giving clubs access to vision for talent development and identification purposes. The new season goes straight into top gear with the grand final rematch between Yeronga and Coorparoo in Round 1.

2018 QWAFL Fixture Highlights:

Round 1: Grand Final rematch between Yeronga and Coorparoo

Round 2: Bond University host first QWAFL home game against local rivals Coolangatta

QWAFL Finals Series: August 11-26

QWAFL Grand Final: August 26/27

Grogan Medal Dinner: September 16

Draftees named for AFLX

RICHMOND and Western Bulldogs have loaded up on youth in the AFL’s newest pre-season competition, AFLX. In the final night of the three-night competition, a total of 16 draftees from the 2017 National and Rookie drafts have been named, of which the Tigers and Bulldogs have supplied nine. At the other end of the scale, Zac Bailey (Norwood now Brisbane) and mature-ager Nick Holman (Central District now Gold Coast) were the only two from the northern states.

The top-end talent on show will certainly bring plenty of fans through the gates, with Richmond’s top pick Jack Higgins (Oakleigh Chargers), excitement machine Aiden Bonar (Dandenong Stingrays now GWS Giants) and top 10 pick Aaron Naughton (Peel Thunder now Western Bulldogs) are all named to play throughout the round robin format. Higgins could face ex-teammate Ed Richards if the Tigers meet the Dogs, while talented talls Noah Balta (Calder Cannons now Richmond), Ben Miller (Subiaco now Richmond) and Tom McCartin (Geelong Falcons now Sydney) were also named in their respective teams.

Gippsland Power’s sole draftee Callum Porter will also don the red, blue and white, as will a mature-ager who is very  familiar with the colours, having played with Footscray VFL last year after a stint at Carlton. Another former blue, Dylan Buckley will be out to impress for his new  side GWS, while Liam Baker will reunite with former Subiaco teammate Miller at the Tigers. Others that have been named in the sides are Nick Shipley (GWS Academy now GWS Giants) and Angus Styles (Sandringham Dragons now Sydney). Derek Eggmolesse-Smith played with Bendigo Pioneers last year and spent time with Richmond’s VFL side and now will front up for the senior team.

The AFLX competition is played on a ground with dimensions of between 100-120m in length and 60-70m in width, with four posts at each end and two 40m arcs. Each team will consist of 10 players per game – seven on the field and three on the bench – and there are no restrictions on rotations. No marks will be paid on backwards kicks (except in the forward 40m area) and the last touch out of bounds is a free kick. Kick-ins will occur after each score – even goals – while at least two players from each team must start each quarter inside each 40m arc and any deliberate rushed behinds will result in a free shot to the opposition team from the forward 40m arc resulting in a potential 10-point goal.

The full list of 2017 draftees named in the AFLX squads for Saturday evening are:

Brisbane: Zac Bailey (Norwood),

Gold Coast: Nick Holman (Central District)

GWS Giants: Aiden Bonar (Dandenong Stingrays), Nick Shipley (GWS Academy), Dylan Buckley (Carlton)

Richmond: Jack Higgins (Oakleigh Chargers), Noah Balta (Calder Cannons), Ben Miller (Subiaco), Derek Eggmolesse-Smith (Bendigo Pioneers), Liam Baker (Subiaco)

Sydney: Tom McCartin (Geelong Falcons), Angus Styles (Sandringham Dragons)

Western Bulldogs: Aaron Naughton (Peel Thunder), Ed Richards (Oakleigh Chargers), Callum Porter (Gippsland Power), Billy Gowers (Footscray VFL)

FIXTURE:

4.10pm – GWS Giants v Richmond
4.38pm – Sydney v Western Bulldogs
5.06pm – Richmond v Brisbane
5.34pm – Western Bulldogs v Gold Coast
6.02pm – Brisbane v GWS Giants
6.30pm – Gold Coast v Sydney
7.03pm – Grand Final

Draftees named for AFLX

TWENTY-one draftees from the 2017 National Draft will get an early taste of senior football in the AFL’s newest competition – AFLX. Among them are three former Sandringham Dragons, two Bendigo Pioneers and two Eastern Ranges, while Lachlan Fogarty (Western Jets), Gryan Miers (Geelong Falcons) and Jack Petruccelle (Northeren Knights) are the sole players named from their TAC Cup sides.

The tournament begins on Thursday night with six sides – Adelaide, Collingwood, Fremantle, Geelong, Port Adelaide and West Coast – playing shortened 20-minute matches in a round robin format in two pools from which the winner of each pool advances to the grand final at the end of the night. Two further AFLX round robins will be played on Friday and Saturday night respectively.

Played at Hindmarsh Stadium in South Australia, former Sturt players Patrick Wilson (Adelaide) and Mitchell Crowden (Fremantle) have been named, as have Jackson Edwards (Glenelg now Adelaide), Stefan Giro (Norwood now Fremantle), Dom Barry (Glenelg now Port Adelaide) and Lachlan Murphy (Adelaide SANFL now Adelaide). Mature-ager Tim Kelly (South Fremantle now Geelong), Bailey Banfield (Claremont now Fremantle), Brayden Ainsworth (Subiaco now West Coast), Jake Patmore (Claremont now Port Adelaide) and Ryan Burrows (South Fremantle now West Coast) are the West Australians involved.

Along with the thrill that comes with representing an AFL club, there is the potential for a number of former teammates to face off on the elite stage. Former Sandringham Dragons Nathan Murphy and Hamish Brayshaw could go head to head when the Magpies face the Eagles, while Brayshaw could also face off against his brother Andrew if both West Coast and Fremantle make the grand final. Glenelg pair Jackson Edwards and Dom Barry could go head-to-head if the South Australian sides make the grand final, as could Eastern Ranges’ exports Jaidyn Stephenson and his former captain Joel Garner if the Magpies meet the Power in the decider. Other former teammates that could face off include Patrick Wilson and Mitchell Crowden (Sturt), Tim Kelly and Ryan Burrows (South Fremantle), and Kane Farrell and Jarrod Brander (Bendigo Pioneers).

The AFLX competition is played on a ground with dimensions of between 100-120m in length and 60-70m in width, with four posts at each end and two 40m arcs. Each team will consist of 10 players per game – seven on the field and three on the bench – and there are no restrictions on rotations. No marks will be paid on backwards kicks (except in the forward 40m area) and the last touch out of bounds is a free kick. Kick-ins will occur after each score – even goals – while at least two players from each team must start each quarter inside each 40m arc and any deliberate rushed behinds will result in a free shot to the opposition team from the forward 40m arc resulting in a potential 10-point goal.

The full list of draftees named for the first night for the AFLX competition is:

Adelaide: Patrick Wilson (Sturt), Lachlan Murphy (Adelaide SANFL), Jackson Edwards (Glenelg)

Collingwood: Jaidyn Stephenson (Eastern Ranges), Nathan Murphy (Sandringham Dragons)

Fremantle: Andrew Brayshaw (Sandringham Dragons), Mitchell Crowden (Sturt), Bailey Banfield (Claremont), Stefan Giro (Norwood)

Geelong: Lachlan Fogarty (Western Jets), Tim Kelly (South Fremantle), Gryan Miers (Geelong Falcons)

Port Adelaide: Kane Farrell (Bendigo Pioneers), Jake Patmore (Claremont), Joel Garner (Eastern Ranges), Dom Barry (Glenelg)

West Coast: Jarrod Brander (Bendigo Pioneers), Brayden Ainsworth (Subiaco), Jack Petruccelle (Northern Knights), Hamish Brayshaw (Sandringham Dragons), Ryan Burrows (South Fremantle)

FIXTURES:

6.10pm – Port Adelaide v Geelong
6.38pm – Adelaide v Collingwood
7.06pm – Geelong v Fremantle
7.34pm – West Coast v Adelaide
8.02pm – Fremantle v Port Adelaide
8.30pm – Collingwood v West Coast
9.03pm – Grand Final