By Ant Wingard @AntWingard
Photo: David Layden Photography
Yeronga South Brisbane v Bond University
Saturday May 12, 3:45PM
Leyshon Park, Yeronga
Bond University’s short stay in the top division of women’s football in Queensland has thus far proved a rousing success. After a nervy competition debut in Round 1, the Bullsharks have won their last three matches and enter Round 5 as one of the in-form teams of the Bond University QWAFL.
After claiming the premiership in 2017, Yeronga has since struggled in its title defence and will enter Round 5 with just one win to their name. The Devils have produced over 30 points just once in their four outings thus far, but will be undoubtably bolstered by several key ins.
Inaugural Brisbane Lions AFL Women’s Best and Fairest winner, Emily Bates, will play her first game of the season, joining Lions teammates Jordan Zanchetta and Jesse Keefe in the Devils’ line up. But just how much can Yeronga improve with the return of one of the country’s best midfielders?
Coolangatta Tweed v University of Queensland
Saturday May 12, 4:45PM
Corpsure Oval, Coolangatta Tweed
The Red Lions remain on the bottom of the QWAFL standings four weeks into the season and are desperate to clinch their first win of the season. After succumbing to a rampant Bond University in Round 4, the competition is yet to see UQ produce a complete performance like the side who won three of their first five games in 2017.
Despite their struggles, the Red Lions have been better than what their win-loss record suggests. UQ has produced more points than both Yeronga and Maroochydore, which sits above the Red Lions in the QWAFL standings, so far this year.
The third-placed Coolangatta side will enter the contest as the more favoured team and given their handful of performances this year, it’s easy to see why. The Bluebirds have executed a game plan in which they concede the fewest points of any team on average while also ranking second in the competition for points for. Eight players have already kicked multiple goals this year for Coolangatta in 2018.
Maroochydore v Coorparoo
Saturday May 12, 4:45PM
Maroochydore Multisports Complex, Maroochydore
The round’s final games looms as the most even contest. Both Maroochydore and Coorparoo have had their ups and downs so far in season 2018, and as the two sides sit fourth and fifth on the ladder respectively, the stakes couldn’t be higher.
Maroochydore has averaged just 14 points on the scoreboard over their past two contests, albeit against the competition’s two most prolific scoring teams in Wilston Grange and Coolangatta. The Roos’ Round 1 performance against UQ, in which they scored 71 points, shows what the Roos are truly capable of.
Coorparoo’s season has panned out in strikingly similar fashion, with their lone win falling in Round 1 against Yeronga. The Kings have since struggles with losses against contenders Wilston Grange and Bond University. If anything though, Coorparoo may be considered the dark horse of the QWAFL – the Kings produced 40 points against the Gorillas who haven’t conceded over 20-points in any other game. Coorparoo will also welcome back midfielder Emma Zielke for the contest.