Queensland won big in the Under 16s today at Metricon Stadium against a valiant Tasmanian outfit.
The Queenslanders opened up a commanding lead part way through the second quarter, but Tasmania worked their way back into the game and found themselves trailing by 21 points at the last change.
To their credit, Queensland came out firing in the last quarter and put the result beyond doubt, winning 14.10.94 to 8.4.52.
Half forward Hewago Paul Oea was electric, kicking five goals and impressing on-lookers with his ability to pick up the ball at full tilt. The Papua New Guinea product out of Port Moseby, showed some elite attributes, including a piercing, bullet-like kick that he used to great effect.
Through the middle Connor Budarick was influential, collecting plenty of possessions and distributing the ball with class. Budarick was especially dangerous when he turned and looked for options through the corridor.
Mitch Fitzpatrick played some terrific footy across the half back line and was dependable all day, while ruck prospect Matthew Conroy was also good, taking some telling pack marks.
Conroy is relatively new to AFL and has a basketball background, at 197cm already, he’s a tantalising prospect that has some moves at ground level and can find the footy.
Tassie medium sized forward Tane Routledge, looked like the danger man for Tasmania, presenting strongly and taking some critical marks at important moments in the game. When he got one-on-one opportunities he used his body really well.
Mitch O’Neill was also important for Tasmania, battling away in the midfield with a hard-nosed approach and winning plenty of the football. O’Neill’s composure was also exceptional as he consistently tried to steady the ship.
By Sean Melrose