Where did Jade come from?
When Kalinda Howarth kicked six goals for Coolangatta in Saturday’s first game of the QWAFL triple-header, she extended her lead in the league goal kicking to six. With that buffer between her and second place, she probably thought she was home. Heck, at three quarter time of the final game, when Jade Ransfield was still six behind, everyone thought she was home. But Ransfield had other ideas. She booted six majors in the final 20 minutes, to take her tally for the day to 12, and equal Howarth on 38 goals for the year. Joint winners, in very dramatic fashion!
Bowes out in style
Gold Coast SUNS NEAFL side may have finished up for the year with an elimination loss Sydney Uni on Saturday, but Jack Bowes put on a show. He had 31 touches, eight clearances, and eight inside 50’s. Not a bad way to cap a stellar year off, that’s for sure.
The little things
Last weekend in the QAFL was as intense as it gets; two games determined by a total of 10-points. That’s why it was the little things that made such a big difference to both outcomes. Whether it was Cal Carseldine’s mark running back with the flight, and subsequent goal for the Magpies, or for the Vultures, Will Hamill’s smother, Dom Nash’s goal with a few minutes left, or Jimmy Markham’s mark in defence on the siren, they all played a massive part in getting their team over the line. One-per centers win you games of footy. Little moments can become massive wins.
Awards, awards, and more awards!
Awards season is upon us, and it kicked off in extravagant style on Sunday night at the Community Football Awards. The frocks and suits were dusted off, the shoes were shined, and the hair and makeup was done… and I must say, everyone looked sharp! Over 50 awards were given out on the night, check out the full list HERE
But, with no rest for the wicked this time of year, the show rolled on to the Brisbane Juniors Awards last night. For the first time ever, the O’Callaghan Medal, given out to the highest vote getter across all age groups and divisions, was won by a female. Forest Lake’s Ashlee Sciortino polled 40 votes in the Under 13 Girls competition. Check out the winners, and the link to the top four in the votes HERE.
Five, six, eight. No, that isn’t a code you have to remember, that’s the haul of goals Noosa’s Sam Fowles has kicked in the last three weeks. Heading into this weekend’s Colts Division 2 Grand Final, he could not be in better nick. Everyone wants to peak at this time of year, but after five months of footy it doesn’t always work like that. His confidence levels are sky high at the moment, and if he gets a few early, he could nearly bring the flag back to Noosa off his own boot. They take on Palm Beach at Giffin Park from 12:30pm.
Finals are full steam ahead
Round 16 of the QWAFL wrapping up on Saturday night, that means every league in South East Queensland is now in finals mode. Ahh, I love this time of year. Everyone walks that little taller, has a spring in their step, and I swear the grass gets greener.
By Andrew Wiles