Junior finals frenzy
Finals are set to get underway this weekend for junior competitions on the Gold and Sunshine Coasts as well as the Wide Bay area, while the Brisbane finals kicked off last weekend. All together, from the Sunny Coast down to the Gold coast, that makes 160 junior teams getting a taste of finals footy.
Mosquitoes go back to back
The Papua New Guinea ‘Mozzies’ hang on to their claim as the best men’s footy team outside of Australia, beating New Zealand in the final round of the 2017 International Cup by a solitary point. Queensland Under 16 State Academy player and IC17’s youngest participant, Hewago ‘Ace’ Paul Oea was best on ground, showing off his speed and skill.
“I am feeling proud for all the boys and our supporters here and back home,” said Paul Oea, who was awarded the best on ground medal by AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan.
‘Ace’ appears likely to finish off the season with Broadbeach in the QAFL.
The PNG team have enjoyed their time in Melbourne, even making a guest appearance on Channel 9’s Footy Show.
Oh how I want to be in Carrara
Congratulations to the Carrara Division 3 Reserves on their preliminary final win over Victoria Point and their place in the grand final. The boys from Carrara showed exactly how the song should be sung after a big win and posted the video to their Facebook page. It’s infectious.
Century for Cat
Broadbeach Cat Ryan Dienjes played his 100th game over the weekend, impressing through the midfield and getting a mention in the best for his troubles. The big bodied Cat has kicked 13 goals for the year and looks like an important part of Broadbeach’s finals plans in the QAFL. Dienjes also played 80 games for Surfers Paradise before making the switch, taking his total to 180 games.
Silly Sundays are starting
The Maroochydore Roos women’s team decided to go with a Hawaiian theme for their silly Sunday, to great effect.
Unfortunately a tragedy occurred at the Yeronga Devils Football Club, revealing a side of football that nobody likes to see, but that is quintessentially part of the game. Lost chips. If you see a similar tragedy at your club, be sure to report it to the owner, or if you’re brave enough … take matters into your own hands.
9s on the horizon
Back by popular demand, the Byron Bay AFL9s Invitational is back. Set to take place on the 27th to 28th of October, the competition pits AFL9s reams against each other over two days for $16000 worth of prize money in three divisions.
AFL9s is a nine a side, no contact version of AFL in which turnovers are caused when the ball hits the ground. Full rules can be found here:
By Sean Melrose