This week's match of the round saw Year 10 Brisbane Boys’ College take on Brisbane State High School.
The season opener of the inaugural GPS Division of the AFL SportsReady Cup didn’t disappoint with a tug-of-war contest between BBC and Brisbane State High School at Wests Juniors AFC.
Brisbane State High caught their opponents by surprise early, kicking two quick goals and holding BBC scoreless by the end of the quarter, 2.1.13 to 0.0.0.
In the second quarter BBC lifted and stayed goal-for-goal with State High, kicking two goals each. Going into half time it was still State High leading BBC 4.3.27 to 2.0.12.
In the third quarter you could have been forgiven for thinking the game was all but over with ferocious work from State High’s Remy Riess, Tyson William and Captain Joe Bingley, kicking 2.1 to BBC’s solitary point, giving State High a 27 point lead at the final break.
The smaller-sized Wests was always going to offer teams quick opportunities to get the ball into their forward line early and create scoring opportunities. BBC took advantage of that, outrunning their opponents and displaying silky skills to pile on goal after goal, gradually pegging back State High’s lead to just one point.
BBC’s Tyson Rech was unstoppable in the last quarter, using his height well, as he did in last year’s Year 9 Grand Final where he was adjudged best afield, and was ably assisted through the game by the likes of Harry Davies and Liam Reynolds.
However the siren stopped the BBC scoring blitz and State High emerged one point winners, 6.4.40 to 6.3.39. A relieved State High Coach, Wayne Stewart, was impressed with the efforts of the boys and will take plenty into their Round 2 clash with Nudgee.
The Year 10 competition will offer some of the most exciting games this season, with the other fixture, Churchie v Nudgee, being decided by less than a goal at Yeronga on Wednesday.
In a great last quarter effort by Churchie to outscore Nudgee, it was the boys from the Northside who held out to win 7.4.46 to 6.5.41.
In the First XVIII, Nudgee also ran out winners 9.6.60 to 1.8.14. Inaccurate kicking cost Churchie throughout the game, with plenty of opportunities in their forward line but failing to convert the goals.
Tonight sees the Year 8 and 9 competition’s Round 1 matches at Zillmere, with Nudgee taking on Churchie in the Year 8 competition at 4:15pm, and Nudgee Blue playing Nudgee White in the Year 9 competition straight after.
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