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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.

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: 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.

Fantastic Five: Memorable moments from the weekend

WITH a new TAC Cup Girls premier and the future of the AFLW on show, it was a weekend to sit back and enjoy what looks to be an enjoyable few years as women’s football continues to go from strength to strength.

Geelong Falcons win inaugural Grand Final

Nothing is more memorable than a premiership and Geelong Falcons’ grand final win over a spirited Northern Knights side was one to remember. They had their work cut out for them, but a few positional changes and the belief within the group to fight back from a two-goal half-time deficit saw them etch their names into history. The likes of Denby Taylor, Olivia Purcell, Tarryn Love and Nina Morrison led the way, while captain Lucy McEvoy was everywhere.

AFLW future talent on show

Following on from the memorable moment of a premiership, it is impossible not to sit back and enjoy what will be the future of AFL Women’s in the next three years. Aside from the clear top-end talent to come out of this year’s draft at the end of the season, bottom agers Gabby Newton, Britney Gutknecht, Nell Morris-Dalton, Ciara FitzgeraldSarah Sansonetti, Lucy McEvoy, Abbey Chapman and Luka Lesosky Hay were all impressive. Throw in some of the best 15/16 year-olds in the competition in Ellie McKenzie, Alyssa Bannan, Abigail Bennett, Ashleigh Snow, Jess Fitzgerald, Laura Gardiner, Renee Tierney and Jerusha Devarakonda and the 2020 draft crop is already at an advanced level compared to their predecessors.

Brisbane Lions’ maiden win

It was a long time coming, but the Brisbane Lions cubs finally recorded their first win, coming from behind in the opening term to storm home and claim a memorable victory over Hawthorn. It was extra special for veteran Luke Hodge against his old side, while Matt Eagles and Charlie Cameron celebrated their first AFL and Brisbane Lions’ wins respectively. After a few lean years, the Lions are providing supporters with some serious hope going forward.

Big bags are back in fashion

There is nothing quite like a dominant key position forward in a game where athleticism and scoreboard pressure from smalls has been placed at a premium. On the weekend we saw not one, not two, but three key position forwards booting bags of goals. Murray Bushrangers’ Hudson Garoni continued his sensational form with seven majors, while Corey Ellison (Dandenong Stingrays) and Jordan Rossiter (Eastern Ranges) booted six each. Harry Bede who is no shrimp himself, booting four in the Sandringham Dragons’ win.

Teenagers step up to the big time

We are already seeing a number of talented TAC Cup Girls make the transition through to the Victorian Football League (VFL) Women’s competition. With a number of players suiting up for different VFL Women’s sides, and not having the National Under 18 Championships on the horizon, Oakleigh Chargers’ Isabella Gietzmann and Eastern Ranges’ Ashleigh Allsopp donned the Carlton and Southern Saints’ jumpers respectively.

Queensland weekly wrap: Q-Clash weekend provides thrillers

THE Q-Clash was the centre of focus in Queensland football this week at both the AFL and Under 18 levels. While the senior Suns clung on to victory at the Gabba, the Lions academy claimed bragging rights to even the ledger. The other big story of the week was the landmark occasion of the first ever QAFL games being live-streamed.

AFL Round 5 | Q-Clash 15 – Gold Coast Suns vs. Brisbane Lions

Gold Coast were able to edge out Brisbane on Sunday afternoon to win the fifteenth Q-Clash by just five points. It gave the Suns their third win of the season, whilst the Lions remain winless after five rounds.  The Suns led by as much as 27 points in the third term and had to withstand a final quarter Lions comeback, but hung on to win 11.10 (76) to 10.11 (71) after successive losses in Perth. Brisbane’s number one draft pick Cam Rayner had a flying shot at goal from 50m in the final seconds to draw the contest but pulled it wide for a behind.

Touk Miller of the Gold Coast Suns showed how to play a team role to perfection at the Gabba. Miller went to Dayne Zorko and made the Lions star’s night a miserable one. At every opportunity, Miller got stuck into the All Australian, pushing, shoving and giving him no breathing space.  Zorko finished with a paltry 10 disposals and had minimal influence, while Miller became more and more involved as the night wore on, racking up 21 touches, including seven clearances. Co-captain Steven May played easily his best game of the season, while David Swallow, Brayden Fiorini and Jarrod Harbrow also excelled.  The goal of the night was a toss-up between Fiorini’s one step bomb from a stoppage just outside forward 50, and Charlie Cameron’s snap goal in the final term.

The loss will sting the Lions. It is the fourth time in five rounds they have had a chance to win in the final term, yet they remain winless.

Final Scores:

BRISBANE          2.3     4.7      7.9      10.11     (71)                 
GOLD COAST     4.2     7.3     10.6     11.10     (76)         

Goals:

Brisbane:  Hipwood 3, Cameron 2, Taylor, Bailey, Rayner, Zorko, McStay.
Gold Coast: MacPherson 2, Lynch 2, Fiorini 2, Lyons, Young, Day, Holman, May.

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Under-18 Academy Series – Brisbane Academy vs. Gold Coast Academy

The Q-Clash rivalry was in full effect in the second round of the Under 18 Academy Series as the Lions and Suns faced off. A brilliant seven goals to zero first term by the Lions helped set up their 12-point victory. The Suns would claw their way back throughout the match kicking 11 goals to four over the final three terms in a display of guts and determination.  

Standout performers for the Lions included small midfielder Jesse Quint, racking up 20 touches and a goal. Caleb Franks totalled a massive 37 disposals to lead all the ground in that category, while snagging two goals himself. Thomas Griffiths was also impressive gathering 25 touches and rebounding well across half-back.

For the Suns, Bailey Scott again was in the best players, collecting 19 disposals and two goals. Labrador midfielder Cooper Portelli had 25 disposals and eight marks, while Matthew Smith kicked three goals up forward.

Final Scores:

BRISBANE LIONS           7.1       9.5       10.10   12.11 (83)
GOLD COAST SUNS        0.0       5.3       7.4       11.5 (71)

Goals:

Brisbane: Franks, McFadyen, Tomkinson 2, Pettigrove, Quint, Matthews, Jeffrey, Smith, Ansell
Gold Coast: Smith 3, Scott 2, Portelli, Katsiris, Haua, Wingrove, Burke, Miles

BEST

Brisbane: Quint, Tomkinson, Franks, Stackelberg, Matthews, Pettigrove
Gold Coast: Portelli, Smith, Scott, Gore, Stone

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First ever QAFL games live streamed

AFL Queensland provided their first complete live streams of QAFL matches over the weekend.  On Saturday, QAFL viewers were treated to an absolute thriller between senior sides Mt Gravatt and the Western Magpies. In a game that was neck and neck throughout, the Mt Gravatt Vultures escaped six-point winners at home.

On Sunday, the second live streamed match was between Surfers Paradise and last year’s runners up Labrador. After a three goals to zero opening stand by Labrador, Surfers responded in the second term, kicking five goals to two to lead by four points at the half. The sides would go back and forth in the second half with Surfers helping themselves to a big opening round upset thanks to having 28 scoring shots to Labrador’s 17.  

At a minimum, one QAFL game each week will be streamed at www.aflq.com.au/qafl-live throughout the season. An additional six games will also be broadcast to showcase the bigger matchups of the year.

Queensland weekly wrap: Lions win Youth Girls Academy Series

BRISBANE Lions Youth Girls Academy were the top performers at the weekend’s Northern Academy Series, while their AFL counterparts pushed Port Adelaide all the way in Adelaide, but the Gold Coast Suns went down to Fremantle in a “home” game at Optus Stadium.

Lions and Suns compete in Youth Girls Northern Academy Series

Brisbane Lions have triumphed in the Youth Girls Northern Academy Series with three victories over the GIANTS, Gold Coast Suns and Sydney Swans. The Lions defeated the GIANTS by one point in the opening game, before a 46-point victory over the Suns and 20-point victory over the Sydney Swans followed. The Suns won their two other matches with a 23-point victory over Sydney and a 42-point victory over the GIANTS, restricting both sides to a combined two behinds in their matches. A total of 60 players took part in the series from Queensland, with 28 representing Brisbane Lions and 32 representing the Gold Coast SUNS.

For more information on how the series went down, head to the AFL Queensland website.

AFL Round 3 

Brisbane Lions vs Port Adelaide Power

Port Adelaide survived a goalless last quarter to beat the incredibly brave and luckless Brisbane Lions by five points at Adelaide Oval on Saturday. Inspired by Stefan Martin, who had an amazing 30 disposals and 48 hit-outs, the Lions came back from 18 points down at three-quarter time and battled hard. The Power looked completely drained after a six-day break from a tough away encounter against the Sydney Swans. Port was expected to win – they have been touted by many to finish in the top four – but the Lions seemed to believe they were always a chance.

The Lions turned up in hot conditions ready to produce a highly respectful performance, going down fighting to the bitter end. Charlie Cameron started at full-forward and kicked three telling early goals on his old hunting ground, and for Brisbane to lead by 11 points at half-time was a huge wake-up call for the Power. When they did, they were back to their controlling best, but again not without needing to work hard for each possession. Port regrouped after half-time and found their cleaner flow, definitely with more vigour. They tested the resilience of the Lions, switching the play and forcing them into growing errors amidst the extended pressure.

For 43 of the first 75 minutes of match play the Lions led and looked like deserving winners. Of course, ultimately Port clawed their way back through tenacity and a rise in intensity, but for the Lions to hang in there for so long speaks volumes for the path coach Chris Fagan is taking them on. There were Brisbane’s hardy perennials like Luke Hodge who masterminded the defence, Dayne Zorko who was brilliant in the midfield, and Mitch Robinson who was inspirational with his attack on the ball, but it was Stefan Martin with some magnificent ruck work that really gave the Lions a big chance. Port kicked seven goals to the Lions’ five in the second half to escape with the game which went right down to the wire. Next Saturday afternoon the Lions face reigning premiers Richmond at the MCG.

Final Scores: Port Adelaide 14.13 (97) defeated Brisbane 14.8 (92)  

Gold Coast Suns vs. Fremantle Dockers

Gold Coast Suns’ undefeated run came to an end on the weekend at the hands of a Nat Fyfe-inspired Fremantle Dockers outfit at Optus Stadium. With the Commonwealth Games in full swing on the coast, the Suns sold their home game to the Dockers and it proved to be a winning factor in the game. While the crowd wasn’t nearly as strong as the previous numbers Perth’s new stadium has yielded, the Freo fans surely helped to will their side over the line. It took special performances from Michael Walters (23 disposals, six tackles, two goals) and Ed Langdon (27 disposals, five marks, five tackles), alongside their skipper, for Fremantle to break the half-time deadlock and come away with the four points.

While it was a fairly even contest for most of the game, the Dockers ended up dominating the key stats – winning the disposal count 387-324, clearances 37-29 and contested possessions 154-135 – and the margin could have been more had they kicked more accurately in front of goal with 31 scoring shots to 18. For the Suns, Jarryd Lyons continued his admirable early season form with a complete performance of 30 disposals, ten tackles, seven clearances and two goals. Jack Martin pitched in with 21 disposals, six marks and a goal alongside Kade Kolodjashnij (22 disposals, seven marks) and Touk Miller (19 disposals, six tackles, five clearances).

One of the more pleasing performances came from the injury riddled Sam Day, who booted three goals from his ten disposals and five marks with Tom Lynch kept quiet. Besides the loss, coach Stewart Dew will also face the concern of potentially losing star wingman Pearce Hanley to another shoulder injury after he suffered a dislocation in the first half. Overall, the result came from a mix of Fremantle’s brilliance and a somewhat disappointing Gold Coast effort. The Suns will again head to Optus Stadium to face West Coast in round four. Final Scores: Fremantle 13.18 (96) defeated Gold Coast 10.8 (68)

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: New opportunities open in thriving women’s football

A BUSY week in Queensland football has been dominated by the women’s game, with more exposure and a growing list of clubs highlighting the effect of the Brisbane Lions’ success in AFLW.

QWFA changes

This season will continue to see exponential growth in women’s AFL in Queensland, with an overhaul of the Queensland Women’s Football Association’s (QWFA) 2nd Division.

Seven additional teams will enter the competition, which results in the existing QWFA Division 2 split into the North and South divisions. The seven new teams are: Ipswich, Griffith Moorooka, Alexandra Hills, Mt Gravatt, Robina, Morningside and Surfers Paradise. The QWFA Division 2 North and South fixtures both commence on April 28, featuring eight and seven teams respectively.

The grand finals for both the North and South divisions will be held on the final weekend of August.

These new additions are a showcase of how the fever of women’s AFL grips the whole state, promoting a strong future for the game.

Commentators Wanted for Streaming QAFL Matches in 2018:

In a notable step forward for Queensland AFL, the QAFL will now have a number of games live-streamed throughout the 2018 season. AFL Queensland announced that 25 matches across the 2018 QAFL season, in addition to all six finals matches, will be streamed live and free online.

At least one QAFL game will be streamed with play-by-play commentary per week on aflq.com.au, with an additional six games to be broadcast throughout the season to showcase the biggest clashes of the year.  

As a result, AFL Queensland are now seeking voluntary commentators to call the streamed games. The selection criteria stresses that desired commentators will have sound interest and knowledge of the QAFL and a willingness to help shape the identity of the league. To express your interest in a position contact christopher.davis@afl.com.au for more information.  Applications close March 10.

AFLW Lions Remain at the Top:

AFLW Round 4 | Brisbane Lions vs. Fremantle Dockers

Brisbane:  0.0   1.1   2.2   3.4 (22)
Fremantle: 0.1   0.2   1.3   2.3 (15)

GOALS:

Brisbane: Wuetschner 2, Gibson.
Fremantle: Barr, Atkins.

BEST:

Brisbane: Lutkins, Wuetschner, Stanton, Anderson, Exon
Fremantle: Filocamo, Donnellan, O’Sullivan, Antonio, Atkins

The Brisbane Lions remain equal top of the AFLW ladder following a hard fought seven-point victory over the Fremantle Dockers. The conditions were wet and dreary at the South Pine Sports Complex, with over 150mm of rainfall in the 24 hours leading up to the game.

The first quarter conditions made it extremely difficult for both sides to create scoring opportunities, with the Dockers registering the lone behind of the term. It took until the second quarter for the first goal of the game to be scored, with Jess Wuetschner finishing smartly off the ground in the goal square from a Sabrina Frederick-Traub assist. The half ended with the Lions leading by 5 points.

Brittany Gibson extended the lead midway through the third term, converting a 40-meter snap around the body. The Dockers  managed one goal in the term thanks to Stacey Barr, keeping the score very close going into three-quarter time.  

With the game at knife’s edge the whole day and into the final term, goal kicking maestro Jess Wuetschner came up clutch for the Lions. Wuetschner intuitively poked through another goal from the square to secure a Lions victory.  

Brisbane will travel to Casey Fields Friday night to take on third-placed Melbourne, who suffered their second loss of the season to Collingwood in Alice Springs. This game promises to be another cracker, with two flag fancies facing off. First bounce is at 7:05pm (AEDT).

JLT Community Series and Councillors Cup:

The Brisbane Lions will kick off their preseason campaign against the Sydney Swans on Saturday, March 3 at the Moreton Bay Sports Complex. Lions coach Chris Fagan will likely name a near full-strength side after the cancellation of the Lions’ second intra-club last Friday due to the wet weather.

The match holds much anticipation as it introduces big-name recruits Luke Hodge and Charlie Cameron, who may pull on the Lions jersey for the first time. Furthermore, this match comes quickly off the back of great success in the AFLX competition where both fresh faces and senior players showed great preseason form. The Lions’ team for Saturday’s JLT match against the Swans will be named on Thursday at 2pm AEST.  

The Moreton Bay Sports Complex will also host a curtain raiser to the Lions and Swans fixture. Local rivals will square off in the Councillors Cup when the home team Moreton Bay Lions play the Redcliffe Tigers in a showcase of Moreton Bay AFL. The game begins at 12:30PM.