QFA Div 1 Grand Final Day Previews

QFA Colts Grand Final
8:45am Aspley v Maroochydore
Leyshon Park Yeronga

Aspley’s Peter Goeldner, QFA Colts coach of the year, will aim to guide his young side to a premiership on Saturday morning, in a clash between two sides that have played in two grand finals each, over the past three seasons in various colts competitions.

It’s safe to say these teams are familiar with big time games and with the margin incredibly tight in two of their last three encounters, it looks like we’re in for another blockbuster.

Maroochydore has had the advantage during the season, winning their first two games against the Hornets, but come finals time Aspley managed to find another gear, winning their semi final by just four points.

At either end, it looks like a goal kicking battle between Aspley’s Oliver Scott, who finished with 59 for the season, and Maroochydore’s Thomas Holt, who bagged 51.

Considering the glory towners in the forward fifties, the contest around the ground becomes critical and the likes of Nathan Watts (13 times in best) for the Hornets, as well as Tarj Townson for the Roos (10 times in best) are key players to watch for their respective teams.

The Roos will be stinging from their semi final defeat at the hands of the Hornets and what better time to get a shot at redemption, than in a grand final.

Lacing up their boots and chasing a taste of premiership glory, will be some young Queensland AFL talent full of potential, setting up both a cracking grand final and an exciting glimpse of the future.

 

QFA Division 1 HART Sport Cup Reserves
11:30am Noosa v Maroochydore

Leyshon Park Yeronga

It’s a great day for the Maroochydore Football Club with three teams in grand finals, from the colts right up to the seniors.

The reserves will take on the Noosa Tigers, in a replica of the senior HART Sport cup grand final that’s almost too close to call.

Out of the last three games these two teams have played, on two occasions the margin was less than ten points. Noosa took honors on those two occasions, the outlier being a big 47-point win to the Roos in round 14.

Maroochydore’s Ren Anderson was huge last time these two sides met, kicking four goals and adding to his total of 52 for the season.

Noosa comes into the contest with a less predictable forward line, Sebastian Cliff (35) and Adam Curry (34), can both get off the chain and cause some headaches for their opposing defenders.

Both playing coaches look like having an influence for their respective sides, forward Danny O’Brain came third in the league Best and Fairest, just behind Maroochydore on-baller David Hulsman who came second.

Noosa’s Logan Thornborrow is one to watch, the midfielder earning seven mentions in the best throughout the season. Likewise Maroochydore half back Brady McCosker, who’s been named in the best 11 times.

It’s time to strap in for a thriller, reserve grade or no, because a premiership cup is up for grabs and these teams know how to put on a show.

 

QFA Division 1 HART Sport Cup
2:15pm Noosa v Maroochydore

Leyshon Park Yeronga

It’s been as strong a finals campaign as Noosa could have hoped for and everything is going to plan. They overpowered Maroochydore in the semis, earning themselves a week off and the chance to cap off a dominant season with a premiership.

The Tigers remain undefeated to teams outside the top five this season, so know how to conduct business when things get serious.

Maroochydore come in as the underdog, having lost to Noosa in their past three encounters, but managed to get close to the Tigers in their recent semi final, nearly matching them for scoring shots, 27 to 23.

The Roos haven’t lost many games this year either, finishing up the home and away season on 14 wins and 4 losses.

Runner-up in both the league Best and Fairest and MVP award, Tom Templeton looks set to play a role in how the game unfolds, the Noosa danger man having been named in the best on nine occasions this year.

The Tigers would be wise to keep a watchful eye on MVP winner Daniel Dzufer from Maroochydore, the hard working on-baller will need to win plenty of the footy if the Roos are to threaten on Saturday.

Going forward, Maroochydore are likely to be heading in Josh Norman’s direction, knowing the forward is capable of kicking a big bag, like he did in round 18 when he kicked nine against Yeronga.  Norman has 61 goals to his name for the season.

Noosa like to send the ball Ryan Jeffery’s way, as indicated by his 50 goals, while Kent Delbridge (43) and player coach Sam Faure (42), are also dangerous and can bob up if not attended to.

Roles are set to be reversed at Yeronga on Saturday, as the Roos go hunting Tigers.

 

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