The Under 17s state clash provided a thrilling finish at Whitten Oval today, Tasmania getting over the line by just five points.
Despite leading 58 to 41 at the three quarter time break, Queensland were unable to hold on, as Tasmania proved too strong in what was a tough, physical contest.
Labrador Tigers product Cooper Portelli was best afield for Queensland, while Kenmore Bears and Sherwood youngster Caleb Franks was influential and booted two goals. Franks is part of the Brisbane Lions Academy.
It was a good day overall for the Lions Academy, with the talented Connor McFadyen also impressive. McFadyen is a Wilston Grange product.
The series of Under 17 games provides an opportunity for players that played, or missed their opportunity to play, in the Under 16 state side, as well as bottom age players not selected to play in the 2017 NAB AFL Under 18 National Championships.
Queensland will play their second game of the two part series against NSW/ACT at Metricon Stadium on July 10.
By Sean Melrose