2016 Queensland State Team Squad Announced

AFL Queensland has announced an initial 45-man squad for the 2016 Queensland State Team, who will take on the Western Australian Amateur Football League (WAAFL) in a state representative match on June 3.

The squad is made up of 41 players who are listed to QAFL clubs, and four who have shared their time between the NEAFL and QAFL this year.

Ladder leaders Morningside head the pack with nine representatives, followed closely by Labrador with eight.

Chairman of selectors, David Lake, said he is pleased with the balance of the squad.

“We are really happy with the 45 we have picked; it’s a fantastic mix of youth and experience,” Lake said.

“The makeup of the whole squad is excellent, and they all have a great opportunity. Being able to represent your state in the 150-year celebrations is a very special thing.

“If we get the buy-in from the players from the moment they arrive, it’s going to be a competitive side.”

The mix Lake speaks of ranges from Connor Stackelberg, a 19-year-old Sandgate player, right through to Morningside’s Ashley Evans, who is 33.

Also announced was the assistant coaching panel for the team.

Palm Beach Currumbin’s Chad Owens, Wilston Grange’s Matt Trewhella and Labrador coach Perry Meka – all current QAFL senior coaches – will be in the box on the night to support senior coach John Blair.

“The coaches have been really supportive; it’s been a seamless process,” Lake said.

Training will commence on May 11 at Mt Gravatt at 6:30pm.

The squad will take part in four training sessions before the game against the WAAFL on July 3 at Yeronga, kicking off at 7:00pm

The 45-man squad will be trimmed to 23 closer to the game.

 

2016 QUEENSLAND STATE TEAM SQUAD

First Name Surname Club
Jason Ainsworth Aspley/Sandgate
Douglas Lawrence Aspley/Western Magpies
Ryan Pantic Broadbeach
Nathan Quick Broadbeach
Josh Baxter Labrador
Matthew Daniel Labrador
Ryan Davey Labrador
Bill Hicks Labrador
Wayde Mills Labrador
Bryce Retzlaff Labrador
Thomas Thorsen Labrador
Jayden Young Labrador
Ryley Buntain Morningside
Joseph Dalton Morningside
Ashley Evans Morningside
Nathan Kinch Morningside
Matthew Logan Morningside
Peter Mollison Morningside
Adam Mueller Morningside
Alastair Nash Morningside
Lachlan Russ Morningside
Todd Carbone Mt Gravatt
Rhys Estall Mt Gravatt
Will Hamill Mt Gravatt
Joseph Murphy Mt Gravatt
Andrew Smith Mt Gravatt
Jonathan Croad Palm Beach Currumbin
Jesse Derrick Palm Beach Currumbin
Jarryd Douglas Palm Beach Currumbin
Jackson Emblem Palm Beach Currumbin
Josh Woolley Palm Beach Currumbin
Samuel Godfrey Redland/Mt Gravatt
Soul Cormick Sandgate
Aden Rutledge Sandgate
Connor Stackleberg Sandgate/Aspley
Harrison Fraser Surfers Paradise
Daniel Green Surfers Paradise
John Macansh Surfers Paradise
Fraser Pope Surfers Paradise
Ben Woolford Surfers Paradise
George Hannaford University of Queensland
Callum Carseldine Western Magpies
Val Pope Western Magpies
Luke Scott Western Magpies
Brent Staker Western Magpies
Steven Brittain Wilston Grange
Fletcher McIvor Wilston Grange/Aspley
Lachlan Nixon-Smith Wilston Grange

 

MATCH DETAILS

Friday June 3, Leyshon Park, Yeronga

5:15pm – Masters exhibition game
South East Queensland Masters vs. North Queensland Masters

7:00pm – State representative match
Queensland vs. Western Australian Amateur Football Association


By Andrew Wiles

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