Match of the round:
Saturday 4:45pm – Coolangatta Tweed Vs. Yeronga South Brisbane (Coolangatta Tweed, Peak Oval)
It’s the Grand Final rematch we’ve all been waiting for. Originally scheduled for round one, which was wiped out with heavy rain, Yeronga get to take on Coolangatta for a chance at redemption after going down by two points in the big dance last year.
Both sides have taken personnel hits this week; Coolangatta will have eight regular players missing while Yeronga has Courtney Bromage playing in the Queensland Under 18 team, among other outs.
This one will be won in the midfield. With both sides possessing strong marking options up forward, the team who is able to deliver the ball into their forward line best will most likely come away with the four points.
I’m predicting Yeronga to come out strong and take the four points after being bested by the Bluebirds last year.
With Queensland playing in the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships in Sydney this weekend, many up-and-coming stars will be missing from state league action. Coorparoo has five girls in the squad, while Coolangatta and UQ both have four . They are followed by Maroochydore with three, Zillmere with two, and Yeronga with one. These omissions give opportunities to some of the fringe players in the competition to step up and press their case for a permanent spot.
Kings on the rise:
After a slow start to the season and a tough loss to UQ last week, Coorparoo is in need of a big win to start to gain some momentum. They have an opportunity this week against Maroochydore, but will need to make sure they execute better than last week. On multiple occasions they were found guilty of getting a key clearance out of defence but then failing to back it up by hitting targets and linking up, causing in a turnover.
After registering a scoreless first quarter in that match, the Kings can’t afford to get off to another slow start against the Roos, who can be dangerous once they get some confidence. Kelly Woods will be a key for the Roos with her ability to break lines so effectively, and if she gets going, we might see another upset.
Round 7 Matches:
Saturday May 20
4:45pm – Coolangatta Tweed Vs. Yeronga South Brisbane
Venue: Coolangatta Tweed – Peak Oval
4:45pm – Coorparoo Vs. Maroochydore
Venue: Coorparoo – Giffin Park
4:45pm – Zillmere Eagles Vs. University of Queensland
Venue: Zillmere – O’Callaghan Park
BYE: Wilston Grange
By Josh Cheadle Twitter: @JoshCheadle20
(Josh Cheadle will be travelling with the Queensland Under 18 side this weekend. For NAB AFL Under 18 Championship updates this weekend, follow https://www.facebook.com/AFLQUEENSLAND/ and https://twitter.com/AFLQ)