Coolangatta’s new man?
One of the QAFL coaches from 2016 is headed down the highway. Matt Walder, who led Morningside in 2016, has taken the reins of the Coolangatta-Tweed football club in the QFA Division 2 for next year. Question is, will be lace the boots back up?
Surfers Paradise trio on the move
Three of the Demons’ most integral players this year, Cassidy Haberfield, Fraser Pope, and Noah Corbett are all on the move this summer, and it’s not locally. 2016 QAFL Rising Star Winner, Haberfield, has signed with Coburg in the VFL, Fraser Pope is off to Montrose in the EFL, and Noa Corbett is headed to South Australia. They are very big losses to cover, and hurts their midfield depth.
Carseldine steps up
2015 Grogan Medalist Cal Carseldine has signed with Aspley in the NEAFL for next year. After a stint at Southport and three years in the QAFL, he felt the time was right to take the step back up.
Check out the full story on the NEAFL website HERE.
Spack is back
Morningside have three ‘new recruits’ for next year. When I say new, I mean in the sense they didn’t play in 2016, because they are certainly no strangers to Jack Esplen Oval. Ryan Johnson is back after rupturing his ACL in round 6 of 2015, and then focusing on work last year, 2015 Zane Taylor Medalist, Adam Spackman, sat out 2016 due to work commitments but is training with the group, and after spending a chunk of time last winter travelling, Ben McNiece is back with the senior group. The only thing better than adding a player to a group for the new season, is adding one that is familiar to the processes.
Premiership coach moves on
Keeping with the Morningside theme, 2016 Panthers’ reserves coach, Reece Triffett, is the new senior coach at Alex Hills. Triffett coached the Panthers to a reserve premiership this year, so knows how to win them.
By Andrew Wiles