Alpha Sport Pre-Season wrap: week 2

Week two of the Alpha Sports Pre-season Cup took place today.

Due to extreme rain and lightning, and with the safety of players being paramount, two of the eight games were abandoned.

AFL Queensland, following discussions with the clubs involved, will announce the process going forward into the final week of the pre-season tournament as soon as possible.


Morningside 15.11.101 defeated Western Magpies 7.5.47

In a game that was a hard fought, but even contest through the CBD all day, it was Morningside who were able to control the football once it left the middle. The Magpies jumped out of the gates better, capitalising on a few Morningside errors early, but the Panthers were able to steady the ship, heading into the quarter time break 20 points up. From here, Morningside were never headed, controlling the rest of the game to run out 54-point winners.

Coach’s thoughts

Glenn Humphrey – Western Magpies

“We were pretty poor with our use of the football, we got our fair share of hands on it, but didn’t use it well. When they got a hold of it they used it a lot better than we did. 

“The positive thing was our wins around stoppages. We were more than competitive around the stoppages but its no good winning the ball there and then handing it back to the opposition.”

David Lake – Morningside

“I though all-in-all, we were good. We worked through the processes today, and did them well.  We were a bit untidy early, and overused the footy a little bit, but we gained control of the contest and went from there.

“The pleasing thing was that everyone contributed today.”

Labrador vs. Broadbeach

Abandoned due to extreme weather. Official result to follow.


UQ 17.15.117 defeated Robina 3.0.18

In a game where UQ went in heavy favorites due to their QAFL status, the Red Lions controlled the footy all day. They restricted Robina to just the three scoring shots for the game, while having 32 themselves. Although beaten on the day, it gave Robina the opportunity to test themselves against a QAFL opponent, to see how they stack up. After a difficult 2014, UQ now have the opportunity to add some silverware to the cupboard. 

Coach’s thoughts

Darren Pfeiffer – UQ

“I was really happy with the boys intensity and also the ability to keep the opposition to three scoring shots. We were able to control the footy, set up how we wanted to, and we took a step forward from last week, which is always good.

“With a few out this week it was really good to see some of the younger boys really step up.

“It’s exciting and I’m looking forward to playing for a bit of silverware, the boys didn’t win too many games last year so it’s great for them to experience a few wins.”

Mayne vs. Maroochydore

Abandoned due to extreme weather. Official result to follow


Yeronga South Brisbane 8.10.58 defeated Coolangatta Tweed 7.4.46

Today saw a good old-fashioned wet weather scrap.  Played in pouring rain, it was Coolangatta Tweed who took the initial jump, kicking the first three goals of the game. As the rain continued to fall, most skills went out the window. It was all about forward momentum rather than hitting a target. Yeronga settled to control the majority of the game, despite two late third quarter goals to Coolangatta making things very interesting.  In the end it was the Devils who held on to run out 12-point winners.

Coach’s thoughts

Trent McCrossen – Coolangatta Tweed

“We managed to kick the first three, so we have been good out of the blocks early. Our intensity and our tackling was good again, which we have been happy with, its just once the ball gets out of there, we need to be able to run a bit more and spread, that’s the only thing we are lacking at the moment.

“I was happy with the performance today, we had about eight out today that would have played, we will improve on last year by taking small steps.”

Paul Scully – Yeronga Senior Official

“We weren’t switched on in the first five minutes and they got three goals up on us. With the conditions today, we really need to improve on our wet weather football. With conditions like these it’s hard to maintain good skillful football but the boys fought it out and came back quarter-by-quarter.

Caloundra 11.6.72 defeated Aspley 6.10.46

It was an arm wrestle early, with both teams pushing hard to take the lead. Caloundra was able to gain ascendency during the second half and control the game from then onward. Aspley were a few rotations on the bench down, and ran out of legs towards the end of the game, which meant the scoreboard wasn’t a true reflection of the contest.

Coach’s thoughts 

Russle Evans – Caloundra

“I thought today was a fairly competitive game overall, Aspley were fairly short in terms of numbers so they didn’t have as many rotations so that played a fairly big role by the end. From our perspective, I was reasonably pleased with some of our run and some of our drive, but a little bit concerned that our defensive effort early was a little bit weak.”


Pine Rivers 6.5.41 defeated Redcliffe 4.10.34

In a low scoring affair that went down to the wire, it was Pine Rivers who progressed into next weeks Pool D grand final. In a typical pre-season game, the skills weren’t quite at 100 per cent, but the intensity and will for the contest was there to see.

Coaches thoughts

Scott Ward – Redcliffe senior player and reserves coach

“The result was irrelevant, we weren’t disappointed with it, today was more the fact that we had 15-20 players that have never played with each other before. We fought really hard toward to end of the game. The thing we took out of today is that we were undermanned, but put in a competitive performance, worked hard all today, and played together to try and get the win. 

Jamie Pearce – Pine Rivers

“It was a really competitive hit-out from out point of view, didn’t go the way we wanted it to as a whole, but we got through this week which was what our goal was heading into it.

“Today gave us a good gauge of where we are at for the year, there is definitely a lot of areas we need to address at training, in a bit more of an individual aspect, but it was a good hit out.”

Bond University 8.6.54 defeated Ipswich 6.8.44

In a hotly fought contest, it was Ipswich who took control early. Unfortunately for the Cats, injuries during the game took their toll. Bond started to gain the upper hand as the contest opened up, and was able to finish the game off strongly, running out 10-point winners.

Coach’s thoughts

Rhan Hooper – Ipswich

“We started the game really well. We lost few during the game and I had to come off as well so we ended up running short for most of the game, without anyone on the bench. The boys played well, our structures were good from the start, our defensive zone worked well, we just ran out of legs so they ran away with it.

“We got what we wanted out of today despite the result, so we are happy.”

Sam Whish-Wilson – Bond University

“They capatalised early on some of the mistakes we were making but as the game wore on, our big pre-season started to kick in and some of the younger guys started to play with a bit of flare. We were able to get a bit more time and space towards the end of the game so we overran them a little. 

“The thing I took out of today was trying to create a winning culture, and make it a habit. Every game we play we are trying to win, and we have started that.”

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