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Surfers Paradise (4th) v Broadbeach (2nd)
At Sir Bruce Small Park, 2pm Saturday
Ins: Surfers Paradise – Matt Green, Jack Taylor. Broadbeach – Harrison Arnold, Kai Sheers, Ethan Reeves. Outs: Surfers Paradise – Rene LeFeuvre (ill), Tom Miller (Southport). Broadbeach – Rhys Finn, Elijah Semaan, Bailey Reeves (all omit).
Last time they met: Surfers Paradise 12.4 (76) d Broadbeach 9.5 (59), Round 5 at Subaru Oval.
It has been a great year so far for the Broadbeach Cats, yet there is one thing that is missing from their record.
That is a win against a top-four side, which is something coach Beau Zorko is desperate to rectify when they play arch rivals Surfers Paradise in a big Gold Coast derby at Sir Bruce Small Park on Saturday.
This is a clash between second-placed Broadbeach and fourth-placed Surfers Paradise, the club where Zorko coached from 2011 to 2014 before spending 2018 there as assistant to Brad Moore.
“I’m looking forward to next few weeks and seeing how much we’ve improved,” said Zorko.
“But it is a fact that we haven’t beaten the other three sides currently in the top four this year, so that has to be a motivation for the players.
“They don’t need a reputation of being flat track bullies.”
Surfers come into the derby after snapping a three-match losing streak and are confident they can repeat a 17-point victory over the Cats at Subaru Oval in the fifth round.
Yet Moore is more than aware of what the Cats can do to opposition when they fire up.
The Cats have had eight wins and four losses and their percentage indicates what they can do to rivals if let loose. That percentage is 149.6.
“We know what they’ve been doing is when they’ve beaten sides they’ve really dominated them,” said Moore.
“Beau has them playing really good football.”
Surfers have made three changes to the side that beat Wilston Grange before last weekend’s bye.
Matt Green is back to fill the centre half-forward vacancy and defender Jack Taylor is in for the ill Rene LeFeuvre.
In the Cattery three changes were made to the side that thrashed Wilston Grange last round.
Harrison Arnold, Ethan Reeves and Kai Sheers are back from Southport and have replaced Rhys Finn and rookies Elijah Semaan and Bailey Reeves in the side.
It is interesting to note that Ethan has gone in for younger brother Bailey in a family swap.
Zorko said both Reeves (Bailey) and Semaan did well in their debuts and that time will come soon for their return to the firsts.
Mt Gravatt (5th) v Morningside (3rd)
At Dittmer Park, 2pm Saturday
Ins: Mt Gravatt – Joel Leahy, Michael Hamill, Troy Jamieson, Robert Blood, Jarrod Huddy, Jonah Licht. Morningside – Jimmy Rayner, Isaiah Edwards, Luke Rogerson, Lachlan Dignan, Sam Lunde-Jenkins Outs: Mt Gravatt – Harrison Gobbie, Jack Wratten, Dominic McEwen, Zac Stone, James London, Michael Doust (all omitted). Morningside – Eddie Mallan (unavail), Sam Godfrey (unavail), Dylan Swann (omit), Aaron Robertson (inj), Michael Graham (inj).
Last time they met: Morningside 16.10 (106) d Mt Gravatt 13.5 (83), Round 10 at Jack Esplen Oval.
The big guns are primed for a heck of a ruck battle when Brisbane heavyweights Mt Gravatt and Morningside clash in a huge derby at Dittmer Park on Saturday.
The availability for Mt Gravatt of Redland-listed big man Jarrod Huddy has set the scene for a ruckathon teaming with in-form skipper Andrew Smith up against the Morningside duo of equally in-form Brad Hodge and skipper Peter Mollison.
It is a clash that is exciting Morningside coach Clint Watts and one that will no doubt shape the outcome of the clash.
“Both teams have two genuine ruckmen now and it certainly adds to their tam with Huddy back in there,” said Watts.
Also helping the Vultures is the return of handy key position utility Jonah Licht, another Redland player.
Actually, Watts noticed that the Vultures have named seven Redland-listed players in their reserves side for the weekend as an indication of depth in their ranks this weekend.
This is a big day at Dittmar Park where the Vultures are hosting their annual Fred Reid Medal Day to honour one of their former players who sadly passed away from cancer a few years ago.
Mt Gravatt made seven changes to their side and all of them are omissions.
Morningside, though, have five changes of personnel, including the losses of Eddie Mallan, Sam Godfrey and Aaron Robertson.
The Panthers have Isaiah Edwards from Redland , the fiery Jimmy Rayner resumes and Sam Lundie-Jenkins is back for his first game of the year.
“Eddie does leave a big hole up forward for us,” said Watts. “He was really, really good for us last week.
“But Lundie-Jenkins comes in and he gets his chance as a small forward.”
Watts said it is inevitable that the Vultures will lift on a special day for the club.
“It’s a big day, Ferg Reid Day – they always get up and about for it.”
Labrador (6th) v Wilston Grange (8th)
At Cooke-Murphy Oval, 2pm Saturday
Ins: Labrador – Max Johnston, Lachlan Davidson, Jacob Sands. Wilston Grange – Blake Nelis, Jimmy Aganas, Dan Henderson, Jackson Coulter. Outs: Labrador – Andy Hollis (inj), Corey Mullins (unavail), Tom Davidson (inj). Wilston Grange – Jordan McDonald (omit), Myles Lawler (omit), Hamish Warren (omit), Ryan Thompson (inj).
Last time they met: Labrador 12.11 (83) d Wilston Grange 7.14 (56), Round 7 at Hickey Park.
A strong first-half effort last weekend against reigning premiers Palm Bach Currumbin has convinced the Labrador Tigers they are still in with a great chance of playing finals this year.
Labrador are playing Wilston Grange, the competition’s most difficult team to follow, at Cooke-Murphy Oval on Saturday and the Tigers simply have to win to keep their finals chances afloat.
The Tigers are sixth on standings on 20 points, a win behind Mt Gravatt who have a tough one this weekend against Morningside.
Of course it all depends on what happens to Mt Gravatt over the rest of the season because that appears to be the only spot in the final five that the Tigers can snatch.
If they can live up to last weekend’s first half showing then the Tigers should beat the Gorillas.
“I thought that effort was reasonable,” said coach Liam Burke. “So now it’s another chance to get that consistency for four quarters.”
The Tigers have lost ruckman Andy Hollis, probably for the season with a knee injury, as one of three changes from last weekend.
Lachlan Davidson gets another shot at No.1 ruck duties in the place of Hollis while Max Johnston is in for his first seniors game of the season alongside wingman/flanker Jacob Sands.
The Gorillas have Aspley-listed Jimmy Aganas and Blake Nelis returning to the side which will be coached this weekend by Luke Morgan, deputising for Barry O’Brien who is in Darwin for a funeral.
Morgan linked with Wilston Grange this year after being an assistant coach at Old Ivanhoe Grammarians in Melbourne.
Morgan was asked if he could put a finger on why the Gorillas have been so hot and cold this season.
“I think it’s just confidence with the boys,” he said.
“We need to go back to the basics and why they want to play and enjoy the game.”
Western Magpies (7th) v Sandgate (9th)
At McCarthy Homes Oval, 2pm Saturday.
Ins: Western Magpies – Claye Beams, Macauley Lonergan, Liam Dwyer, Jordan Bonney. Sandgate – Brandon Batchelor, Michael Hutchinson, Jordan Maynard, Lochlan Harrop. Outs: Western Magpies – Samson Ryan (Redland), Dan Edwards (unavail), Aaron Highlands (unavail), Rhett Lloyd (omit).
Last time they met: Western Magpies 10.14 (74) d Sandgate 10.2 (62), Round 5 at Lemke Road Oval.
Western Magpies are walking a finals tightrope with the club needing to win every one of their remaining fixtures to be a chance of making the top five.
The Magpies host Sandgate at McCarthy Homes Oval on Saturday knowing that a loss to the bottom-placed Hawks would mean a start to planning for the 2020 season.
With only three wins this season, the Magpies are seventh on the ladder but they have only four games to go – they have a bye in round 17 – which means the best they can finish the preliminary rounds off with is 28 points.
Right now Palm Beach Currumbin (48 points), Broadbeach (32), Morningside (32) and Surfers Paradise (28) have reached that cut-off mark.
Mt Gravatt, with five games to play, are fifth on 24 points and Labrador are sixth on 20, so if the Magpies are to get into the finals they have to get past both the Vultures and the Tigers – but with a poor percentage working against them.
So the Maggies are at long odds to play finals, although coach Brydan Morgan says while there is life there is hope.
For the visit of Sandgate the Magpies regain ex-Brisbane Lion Claye Beams among four changes.
But the Magpies have lost young ruckman Samson Ryan to Redland in the NEAFL and also missing is tall utility Aaron Highlands.
One of the inclusions is teenager Jordan Bonney for his first seniors game.
Morgan said Bonney provides a great example of what hard work and dedication can achieve.
“He was a big kid through the juniors and played mainly forward,” Morgan said of Bonney.
“But since he stopped growing he has transitioned into a midfielder/forward.,
“He has worked hard and has dropped about eight kilograms and I can’t remember him missing a training session.”
Sandgate should benefit by getting Aspley-listed pair Brandon Batchelor and Michael Hutchinson back alongside state U16 Lochlan Harrop and Jordan Maynard.
The Hawks are getting there slowly and last weekend did well for a half against Mt Gravatt.
“I was pretty happy with a majority of our game against Mt Gravatt and before that the first three quarters against Palm Beach,” said coach Jarad Marsh.
University of Queensland face a do-or-die showdown in Round 11 against Coolangatta Tweed – a side who accounted for the Red Lions easily in their previous fixture this season.
The Red Lions have won just two games of their past five – wins over Aspley and Maroochydore to sit awkwardly in sixth place.
Currently, they trail the finals bracket by the one win and bagging the four points on an equally topsy-turvy Coolangatta side would certainly propel them into the mid-table logjam; especially given their superior percentage.
A loss though, would only widen the gap between them at the top four and with just two weeks to go following this weekend’s action, it could be a case of too much left too late.
The game is the most crucial of the season for the Red Lions but the task won’t be any easier as they’ll be without their two leading goal kickers, Megan Hunt and Dakota Davidson, who have contributed more goals as a pair that any other two players in the competition this season.
The duo have been incorporated in the AFL Queensland Emerging Talent team that will play in Perth this weekend. The team also features key defensive Bluebirds Alex Hamlyn and Selina Preist, making this week’s QAFLW showdown even the more intriguing.
Coorparoo v Maroochydore
Coorparoo have called in the big guns for their must-win clash with Maroochydore with Mackay product Lily Tarlinton set to make her QAFLW debut for the Kings.
Tarlinton, a tall ruck-defender that played a pivotal role in Queensland’s Under 18 National Championships campaign, will play for the Kings as one of many state inclusions for the home team.
Ellie Hampson, Hayley Moore, Macie Brown and Tarni White will all return for the navy blue in a crucial clash between the two sides jostling for the final spot in the top four.
As it stands, the Kings and Roos remain on par with six wins and five losses and with just over one percent separating the two clubs.
As we near the end of the season, a win here could well set up a finals spot – something which Maroochydore are still chasing in their three years in the QAFLW competition.
Maroochydore will too usher back in a trio of state Under 18 representatives with Lily Postlethwaite, Belle Dawes and Chloe Gregory, a trio of the best performers for the maroons over the carnival, all set to return for the clash.
The Roos will be without diminutive midfielder Kate Surman though while Coorparoo have also lost Mary Ross, Sally Young and Jade Ellenger among a host of changes.
Bond University v Wilston Grange
Bond University’s merry-go-round of talent will continue in Round 11 with as many as nine changes expected for the Bull Sharks, who could definitively sew up a finals berth with a win over Wilston Grange.
Given the sheer amount of talent within the Bull Sharks ranks, it’s unsurprising to see so many changes especially considering the return of their Under 18 state contingent – a figure higher than any other club.
Emmii-Lee Zanker Close, Serene Watson, Charlotte Hammans, Maddison Levi, Georgia Eller, Briley Bradfield, Annie Muir, Taylor Smith and Haze-lee Martin are all named to return for the Bull Sharks – eight of which donned the maroon for Queensland last week.
While all talented in their own right, state representatives – given their commitments – haven’t been able to play copious amounts of QAFLW football this season meaning this weekend’s clash won’t just be a test to qualify for finals but to quickly gel with the team on-field.
It’s likely though that Bond University, given all of their dominance throughout the 2019 season, will qualify for finals and if not this week, it will happen in the weeks to come.
For Wilston Grange, the Gorillas fall on the other side of the spectrum. Five straight losses have rendered their hopes of going back to back, or even making finals, not possible but that certainly won’t stop them from ruffling some ladder positions in the run home.
For the clash, Wilston Grange have lost the likes of Amy Kelly, Emma Gerke and Cathy Svarc while gaining Lauren Shakleton, Emily Bashforth and Madeline Edmunds.
Yeronga South Brisbane v Aspley
Yeronga’s hopes of a return to finals action for the first time since their 2017 premiership could rest solely on the boot of gun forward Jade Ransfield.
The Devils need just one win to all but seal their fate in the post-season and they have the opportunity to do so against the Hornets on their home deck.
Ransfield though, may hold the key.
She has been their best forward this season – booting 21 goals to date to rank third in the competition – and without fellow talls Demi Leach and Madison Goodwin, her influence could turn the game in the red and black’s favour.
She’s been a consistent threat at the goal face the entire season and even notched 150 career goals with the Devils last month.
That’s not to say however that Ransfield is without other goal kicking teammates in the clash though. You’d only have to look for Courtney McDonnell who ranks second in the team this season as another capable of locking away a finals place.
Jordan Zanchetta and Emily Bates will return this weekend while Jessy Keefe, Jacqui Yorston and Jade Pregelj will all miss.
For the Hornets, an upset would lift them above the ladder’s floor as they’d leapfrog Wilston Grange – a side they are still yet to play again this season.
Gold Coaster Jacob Dawson will become the 32nd Queenslander to play in the AFL this season following his recall to the Suns side after an absence of almost 12 months.
Dawson, captain of the 2017 Suns Academy side, will play against Carlton at Marvel Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
The 19-year-old inside midfielder, a junior product of the Burleigh Bombers via Palm Beach Currumbin and a 2018 Rookie Draft pick-up, will play his fourth AFL game after he played in Rounds 11-17-18 last year.
Oddly, the Gold Coast’s Jacob Dawson will get his chance as the Sydney Swans’ Jacob Dawson, one of the real finds of the 2019 season, will miss through suspension.
Averaging 29 possessions in his last three NEAFL games, the Gold Coast Dawson will look to correct a statistical imbalance from his first crack at the AFL in 2018, when he had 13 kicks and 33 handballs in his three games.
Dawson will be the 37th different player to represent the Suns in the AFL this year, hoisting them to the top of this list alongside Melbourne and Richmond, and leave just seven players on the list without a game.
They are the injured Rory Thompson and Harrison Wigg, plus long-time absentee Tom Nicholls, Brayden Crossley and the untried Caleb Graham, Jaz McLennan and Connor Nutting.
Dawson, son of former NBL basketballer Paul Dawson, has got his chance as the Queensland AFL ‘family’ enjoyed mixed news at selection for Round 18 of the Toyota premiership.
Teammate Lachie Weller will miss through illness and Brad Scheer was omitted, and Brisbane welcome back Eric Hipwood from injury but omitted Ben Keays, a late inclusion last week, after his good showing in the big over Port Adelaide.
Significantly, Richmond have retained exciting ruck/forward prospect Mabior Chol as they mount a strong late season charge. He will play his fifth game in a row and his sixth overall, and is mounting a case that will make it difficult for coach Damien Hardwick to leave him out.
AFL Queensland will make history on July 27 with the first ever Pride Round, to be played across the state.
Pride Round, which follows on from Queensland’s inaugural AFL Pride Cup held last year between the Robina Roos and Surfers Paradise Demons women’s teams, will be Australia’s first ever dedicated multi-league LGBTIQ+ carnival. The Bond University QAFLW will headline Pride Round, with all eight competition clubs playing out of the one venue, Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex, on the same day.
The round forms part of AFL Queensland’s Community Month and aims to combat homophobia by establishing an inclusive environment for the LGBTIQ+ community within the sporting landscape.
Across the state players will sport rainbow socks, with a number of clubs also donning custom pride-themed gurnseys. In addition, umpires will wave rainbow coloured flags and the goal lines at every venue will bear a splash of pride thanks to ABS Signs donating rainbow goal covers. The 50m arcs will also be transformed into rainbows, thanks to Signet Paint, in support of Pride Round.
AFL Queensland’s Women’s Competition Manager Joanna Main said AFL Queensland are looking forward to the opportunity to celebrate diversity and further educate people on the LGBTIQ+ community.
“AFL Queensland are pleased to take a leadership position on LGBTIQ+ issues, as we strive to meet our vision of being the most progressive and accessible team sport in Queensland,” Main told aflq.com.au.
“We believe sport plays an important role in promoting inclusion and bringing people from diverse backgrounds and experiences together.”
Wilston Grange, one of the clubs partaking in the QAFLW Pride Round, have a strong presence within the LGBTIQ+ community and hope to use the weekend to emphasise the positive messaging surrounding the games.
Wilston Grange Women’s Football Manager Laura Kidd said the club can’t wait to take part in Pride Round given the personal connection it bares with many club members.
“At Wilston Grange we place great emphasis on acceptance and inclusivity. Pride Round for our club is something we have been trying to start for a number of years,” Ms Kidd said.
“This is a very personal round for a lot of our club members as we have a number of men and women who identify as LGBTIQ+, as well as an endless number of supporters who support the community.”
Kidd also emphasised the need for the club to not only be a place where on-field success is achieved, but also kicked goals at a more societal level.
“We feel very strongly about providing an environment that is not only competitive but is an environment that is safe and supportive for every member of our club,” she added.
“We congratulate AFL Queensland for recognising such an important round and we cannot wait to run out in our pride round jerseys.”
Clubs in the NEAFL and QFAW competitions will be joining in the Pride Round activities across various cluster venues, with more clubs across the state expected to join the list of matches celebrating on July 27.
Last year Robina QFAW Division 2 South hosted Queensland’s first Pride Cup match and are set to commemorate the occasion again this year, alongside other teams.
The NEAFL will also be supporting Pride Round at Voxson Oval when Aspley Hornets host Sydney University, in what is shaping up to be a top 6 clash.
Pride Cup Australia is working closely with AFL Queensland for Pride Round and will have a presence on the day at Moreton Bay, with other organisations such as Queensland AIDS Council and Open Doors also involved.
Pride Cup works to unite all players in footy and will be holding an education session in the lead up to the round for players and AFL Queensland staff.
For those unable to make it to watch games live, the QAFLW and NEAFL games will be live streamed.
For more details on AFL Queensland’s Pride Round, including live streaming, check out the Facebook event here.
Missed the action from Day One of the AFL Inclusion Carnival? Check the day one wrap right here.
Queensland v South Australia
Queensland entered day two of the Inclusion Carnival in sixth place and faced a tough test first up against the third seeded South Australia.
Regardless though, the Big Q burst out of the blocks in the first half and got the early jump on the Croweaters.
South Australia soon gained the momentum in the contest and had two goals on the scoreboard to show for it as their two-way running became the highlight of the game.
Queensland though, to their credit, sticked in the contest through a Brad Lawrence just before the main break against the run of place.
The second half saw South Australia again flex their muscles as in much the same vein, they kicked two goals to all but seal the win for the tricolours.
Again, Queensland would hit back late, kicking their second major through Josh Correa however the damage on the scoreboard was eventually too much to overcome.
Queensland: 2.0 (12) def. by South Australia: 4.3 (27)
Queensland goals: J. Correa, B. Lawrence.
Queensland v West Australia
Queensland’s gun forward Graydon Poulsen has proved his worth on more than one occasion throughout the 2019 AFL Inclusion Carnival and against West Australia, that sentiment was no different.
Poulsen booted four goals on the opening day of play and kicked another two as Queensland etched out a 12-point win over the sandgropers – the side’s second win of the carnival.
Throughout both halves, Queensland remained strong around the ball and showed an improved knack of tackling.
Their pressure around the ball made life different for their opponents and paved the way for Poulsen’s two goals.
Overall, the win was a strong team effort as the team held their nerve to hang on and claim the four points after a few close losses yesterday along with the draw against Victoria Country.
Queensland: 2.1 (13) def. West Australia 0.1 (1)
Queensland goals: Graydon Poulsen 2.
Queensland v Tasmania
Queensland’s hopes of qualifying for Division One for the third straight year were dashed as Tasmania prevailed by a single point in both side’s final game in the lightening round.
The loss was Queensland’s second of the carnival by two points or less having gone down by another slim margin against Victoria Metro.
Emotions remained high for both sides throughout the game with so much at stake and the open play, which often resulted in many possessions lasting from one end of the ground to the other, allowed both team ample scoring opportunities.
Queensland took a one-point deficit into the main break where they could regroup and reset for the second half.
Little separated both sides in the second half however with both teams adding a second goal before Tasmania would hold on for the smallest of victories.
Labrador talent Hugo Barry was a kid growing up in Aussie rules territory in Adelaide but it was not the national game that had his attention, it was soccer.
Barry was good enough to represent the Croweaters in both indoor and outdoor soccer in under-age groups.
A tall youngster who played striker in the round-ball code, it was inevitable that Barry turned his prowess to Australian rules football at high school because that was the code all his mates were playing.
He played with the Walkerville club then was lured over to North Adelaide where he played colts.
As a growing teen Barry was good enough to make the South Australian squad for the national under-18 title.
Now, after overcoming a couple of bad injuries, Barry has won the round 14 nomination for the QAFL’s Rising Star Award.
After getting over a shoulder injury, Barry has been good for the Tigers in their past two games and is keen to help get the club into the finals this year after a slowish start.
“We think we’re a good chance of playing finals,” the 20-year-old said.
Go back a few years and Barry was making a success of his switch of codes.
But it was during his only game with SA’s Under 18s that he ripped an anterior cruciate ligament playing against the Allies at Adelaide Oval.
That probably made up his mind to enlist for a degree in law at Bond University on the Gold Coast and he actually played one reserves and one seniors match for the Bullsharks in QFA Division 2 late last year.
That was when Labrador people took an interest in him and shortly after he agreed to head up to Cooke-Murphy Oval for a crack at the QAFL.
He played the first five matches in seniors for the Tigers but then did a shoulder, which sidelined him for a few weeks.
Standing at 193cmm and weighing inn at 85kg, Barry has the ideal physique to become one of the leading lights of the QAFL forwards.
And he is being helped along the way by former Brisbane Lions forward Bryce Retzlaff who has been a tremendous help.
“Bryce has been a good role model and teacher,” he said.
“He has helped with my leading patterns but most importantly how to use the body in contests.”
In his SA under-18 days Barry played with some talented performers who are now part of the AFL system.
Whether he gets to that level remains to be seen because his priority is to complete his law degree.
“At this stage I’m more focused on uni,” he said when asked if he has a dream of playing AFL.
Still, the move to the Gold Coast has had some benefits away from the football field.
“I’m trying to learn how to surf,” he said. “At least the water’s warmer up here.”
The Rams, who were playing on their home field in Sydney’s west managed to get the fast start in the contest however Queensland weathered their early push to show composure.
The Big Q soon worked their way into the contest and controlled most of the first half. A handful of opportunities were created although the teams’ conversion was lacking as Queensland took a two-point lead into the main break.
With the game up for grabs, the second half followed in much the same vein as the first one with plenty of scoring opportunities created.
Graydon Poulsen soon booted the breakthrough goal for either side – a score that would ultimately pay dividends as Queensland would go on and win their opening matchup.
Queensland: 1.4 (10). Def. NSW/ACT: 0.2 (2).
Queensland goals: G. Poulson.
Queensland v Northern Territory
Queensland suffered their first loss of the carnival when they fell to the Northern Territory in their second game of the day.
Despite solid performances from the likes of Dylan Evans, Nathaniel Gill and Josh Correa, Queensland couldn’t match it with the side from the top end, who burst out of the blocks and looked a slick and well-polished unit.
Contrastingly, Queensland lacked some clean hands and composure around the ball and allowed Northern Territory to kick away with two majors in the first half and another four in the second.
With more games to come in the lightening round, Queensland took plenty away from the loss that will assist throughout the remainder of the carnival.
Queensland: 0.1 (1) def. by Northern Territory: 6.3 (39)
Queensland v Victoria Metro
A fast start from Queensland wasn’t enough to withstand the talented Victoria Metro outfit in the team’s third game of the day, as the Big Q fell agonisingly short from the breakthrough win by just two points.
Queensland dominated much of the first half, with play almost exclusively held in the maroon’s attacking end.
Two goals from Graydon Poulsen provided the scoreboard pressure as Queensland took an incredible 13-poitn lead into the main break.
The opening minutes of the second half were a frantic affair and after three minutes of play, Victoria Metro had worked their way back into the contest in large due to their clearance winning midfielders.
An arm wrestle soon ensued with neither team looking likely of breaking the deadlock. Queensland soon burst forward and had a chance to win the game however the shot sailed wide.
Victoria Metro on the other hand, made the most of their opportunities and scored two late behinds to claim an unlikely come-from-behind win.
Queensland: 2.1 (13) def. by Victoria Metro: 2.3 (15).
Queensland goals: G. Poulsen 2.
Queensland v Victoria Country
With hopes of qualifying for Division One, just as they had in recent years, Queensland were out for a win in their final game of the day against Victoria Country.
Ultimately though, the game would end in a draw – a result built largely on the back of a second-half fight back from the Queenslanders.
Victoria Country burst out of the blocks in the opening half and quickly asserted their dominance on the game.
They quickly established a two-goal lead and looked the team most likely to claim the win.
After a break however, Queensland worked there was back into the contest on the back of some great work from Josh Correa and Brad Lawrence.
It quickly became evident that Queensland had the momentum in the contest and Graydon Poulsen, just like he had done for much of the day, kicked away and ensured the team’s hard work wouldn’t without a score.
Poulsen again added his name to the goal scorers sheet in the second half, taking his carnival tally to four already, and along with Robbie Van Allen, lifted Queensland back into the fray. Neither side could add anymore as time ran out and a draw ensued.
Queensland: 2.1 (13) drew Victoria Country: 2.1 (13)
Queenslander Tom Hickey has inadvertently found himself the number on ruckman in an AFL premiership team hoping to defend its title. And they’re looking like they may be a very good chance.
At his third AFL club after stints with the Gold Coast and St Kilda, Hickey has skyrocketed in importance to the West Coast Eagles after first choice ruckman Nic Naitanui was injured again over the weekend.
Naitainui, only three games back from a 12-month lay-off following a second knee reconstruction, has gone down with a syndesmosis strain in his ankle.
It is an injury that occurred in last Friday night’s loss to Collingwood in Perth, but did not leak out until Monday afternoon.
The club confirmed the damage but did not put any sort of time-frame on Naitanui’s likely return.
The West Australian reported there was a possibility Naitanui could miss the rest of the season, although the paper conceded it was more likely he would play again.
Worrying, though, is the fact that this sort of industry is particularly troublesome for a big and athletic ruckman like Naitanui, who needs to be able to run and jump to be most effective.
According to AFL medical sources, a significant syndesmosis tear could result in a length lay-off, as Carlton’s Marc Murphy discovered in 2016. But a slighter strain may be only four weeks.
Hickey arrived at West Coast this year to replace 2018 premiership ruckman Scott Lycett following his move to Port Adelaide.
The 28-year-old former Alexandra Hills junior and Morningside QAFL player has played 12 of 16 games for the Eagles this season, missing four through injury, and had gone past 2018 premiership ruck back-up Nathan Vardy to be first-choice partner for Naitanui the past three weeks.
Having averaged 10 possessions, 19.5 hit-outs, 4.6 clearances and 3.0 tackles while kicking six handy goals, Hickey will now find himself carrying the load as the Eagles look to defend their 2018 flag,
He had 11 possessions, 14 hit-outs and a goal last Friday against Collingwood playing 67% game time.
It was a Round 17 in which 16 Queenslanders played, and only four had a win.
That was the Lions foursome of Dayne Zorko, Harris Andrews, 100th-gamer Charlie Cameron and late inclusion Ben Keays, who were part of a brilliant win over Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval on Sunday.
Cameron was a standout with four goals to earn six votes in the Coach’s Association Player of the Year award, while Zorko earned eight votes for 24 possessions and three goals in the Lions’ first win from seven visits to Adelaide Oval.
Andrews, too, continued his excellent season, while Keays, a late inclusion for Hugh McCluggage, played possibly his best AFL game for 15 disposals, two goal assists and some excellent decisions under heavy pressure.
Alex Sexton was the best of six Queenslanders on the wrong end of the Gold Coast Suns’ heavy loss to Adelaide at Metricon Stadium, kicking three goals to go with 13 possessions.
Jarrod Harbrow (15 possessions), Lachie Weller (14), Jacob Heron (13), Brad Scheer (12) Jesse Joyce (11) also were part of at the Suns’ ninth loss in a row.
Brayden Preuss had seven possessions and 17 hit-outs for Melbourne in their loss to St.Kilda, Sydney’s Aliir Aliir had 15 possessions and 12 hit-outs playing in the ruck in the loss to Carlton, Charlie Dixon kicked a goal and had 12 possessions for Port against Brisbane, Sam Reid seven possessions for GWS against Richmond.
Mabior Chol continued his impressive form for Richmond after holding his spot the return of full forward Jack Riewoldt from injury. Chol, playing his fourth game in a row and the fifth of his career, looked right at home as he picked up 10 disposals, eight hit-outs and a goal.
The Queensland team rounded out the NAB AFL U16 National Championships in blitzing fashion, dominating the Northern Territory en route to a 52-point win.
This win ensured the Queensland side finished the national campaign undefeated on home soil, and coach Leigh Harding said he was pleased with how the boys came together.
“From day one we wanted to concentrate on fundamental skills, I think that came into fruition in games two and three,” he told aflq.com.au
Noah MacFayden consistently proved his worth in the representative team throughout the Championships, cementing this as he rounded out the final match by booting eight goals, racking up 14 disposals and seven marks last Saturday at Voxsan Oval, Aspley.
Austin Harris finished the match with a massive 23 disposals, while Jye Lockett booted two goals for his side.
Adding 16 points to the scoreboard was Lochlan Harrop, his performance was integral in the match against the Northern Territory gaining 21 disposals, 11 kicks and four marks.
Harding says this high-performance program and competition is a way to introduce young talent to the AFL system and help them work towards their future footballing goals.
“We’ve got them at 16, by the time [the players] are 18 the foundations have already been set,” he said.
“Hopefully they can take the learnings all the way through. So that’s basically what we are trying to do, set up a high-performance program for a kid at 16, and then show them the way forward.”
The boys will now continue their club seasons, in preparation for potential selection in a couple of years.