Tuesday Talking Points

Female diversity

It’s getting close to a final squad announcement for the female National Diversity Championships, to take place in Byron Bay from the 10th to 13th of October. Trials are underway this week, for both the All Nations (multicultural) and Kickstart (Indigenous) Queensland 13-15 aged teams.

The Kickstart Indigenous team will be coached by Jo Butland, while the All Nations multicultural side will be coached by Lions AFLW player Sabrina Frederick-Traub.

Young players from all over the country will arrive at Bryon Bay to take part in the championships, attend education sessions and listen to guest speakers.

 

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Sherrin Local Legends

Both Queensland legends Sam Haddad from the Coorparoo Football Club and Tami Dunn from the Zillmere Eagles, have been weekly winners in the national Sherrin Local Legend competition. Weekly winners received a personalized Sherrin, as well as four footballs for their club.

Sam has been the Coorparoo Kings president for over 20 years, as well as an assistant coach, chef, bartender and motivational speaker.

Another volunteer with many hats, Tami is a ‘mother to many and a friend to all,’ but also a secretary, ground marshal, canteen lady and taxi driver.

Sam and Tami are sitting in first and second place respectively in the overall voting, leaving them close to the $2000 Sherrin prize pack on offer for their club. Voting closes Thursday 17th of August.

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Sam Haddad

Tami Dunn

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Still got it

After 21 years of high level coaching in Queensland, Queensland Hall of Famer John Blair continues to impress. The Aspley senior coach will take his NEAFL side into a 2017 finals campaign, taking his record to 20 finals appearances in 21 years of coaching.

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John Blair facts:

 

Date of Birth: March 15, 1955

33 VFL Games (South Melbourne, Fitzroy, St Kilda) 1975-80

Grogan Medal (QAFL) winner 1982

Ray Hughson Trophy (QAFL) winner 1985, 1988

Queensland representative on 19 occasions

Morningside (QAFL) premiership coach 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010

Aspley (NEAFL) premiership coach 2014

Queensland Under-18s assistant coach 1996-2001

Queensland Under-21s coach 2007- 2010

NEAFL Northern Conference Under-21s coach 2012

NEAFL representative coach 2016 – 2017

Member of the AFLQ Hall of Fame

 

Delightful div 3 double headers

QFA division three’s Victoria Point Sharks had stormed through the season undefeated until the final round last weekend, when they met the Carrara Saints. It’s now finals time and the Sharks will get a chance for redemption, while the Saints will aim to do the double when they meet again this week in the semis.

As fate would have it, both club’s reserves sides will also meet in the finals, after strong seasons, setting up a delightful collection of div 3 double headers to attend on Saturday.

 

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Century for big Croc

Look at them all get around the big Croc Kye Chapple after his hundredth goal of the season in this video from AFL Cairns. The star Port Douglas Crocs key forward booted 16 goals on the day too, not a bad haul.

 

For the love of the game

Brisbane Juniors volunteer of the month is set to continue for another two months, until October. The idea is to celebrate the amazing contributions volunteers make, to footy clubs all over Brissy. Details below:

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Technology

All season the QWFA Division 2 Pine Rivers Swans have enjoyed their tradition of huddling up for a photo in front of the scoreboard after each game. Unfortunately a couple of weeks ago there was a little problem, so they improvised.

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We got snakes

Usually when an animal causes a delay in proceedings, it’s the classic case of a dog running around on the field having the time of its life, dodging players and just generally wreaking havoc.

This time around though, it was a little snake that made it’s way onto the oval to join in the fun at Beenleigh.

 

 

By Sean Melrose

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