QWAFL One to Watch Round 5: Courtney McDonnell

BY ANT WINGARD   @AntWingard

Photo: David Layden Photography

Throughout the Bond University QWAFL season, AFL Queensland will take a look at a select few players to watch in the upcoming weekend’s action.

Yeronga South Brisbane were the team to beat last season, winning ten and losing only two games throughout the year en route to their eventual premiership triumph over close rivals Coorparoo.

But in 2018, the Devils’ title defence has got off to a less than ideal start. Yeronga have lost three of their opening four games of the season, including the Grand Final rematch against the Kings in Round 1.

Across the opening month of the Bond University QWAFL, Yeronga have been without a large portion of the Brisbane Lions AFL Women’s contingent in stark contrast to other teams which have had players feature in a handful of weeks.

Yet in the absence of such star power, a few unique players have emerged, and that is exactly where this week’s Round 5 QWAFL One to Watch can be found.

In total, the Devils have produced 98 points in their four games thus far – a return of 14 goals.

Second-year forward Courtney McDonnell is responsible for six of those goals, and after four rounds of fixtures, sits in fourth spot in the QWAFL goal kicking leader board.

Despite only taking up football in 2017, where she played 13 QFA Division 1 games and only four QWAFL games, McDonnell has shown a knack as one of the best sharpshooters in the competition.

McDonnell has been deployed as an out and out forward by Yeronga head coach, Scott Stephens, who says the possibilities are endless for McDonnell in the competition.

“She’s still new to the game so she’s still learning,” Stephens told aflq.com.au.

“We’re just teaching her to play up forward at the moment. She’s probably one of our less experienced forwards.”

Experience doesn’t favour McDonnell, but already she has shown her ability to impact games inside fifty.

Not only has she contributed almost half of her teams goals this season, but McDonnell also possesses a pair of strong hands and a strong worth ethic.

“She’s always in attendance at training and she’s always on time,” Stephens said.

Yeronga South Brisbane face Bond University at Leyshon Park, Yeronga, at 3:45PM on Saturday May 12.

QWAFL One to Watch:

Round 2: Dakota Davidson and Cambridge McCormick
Round 3: Maddy Roberts and Krystal Smith
Round 4: Clare Lawton