Familiar faces square off
Friday night, the AFL-AIS Academy, which includes Jacob Allison, Jack Rolls, Jack Bowes and Brad Scheer, took to the MCG for a practice match against VFL side Werribee. The Queensland connection didn’t stop there, with ex-academy products Corey Wagner and Isaac Conway running out for the Tigers. Even in the heartland, Queenslanders are still on show.
Clearly Coorparoo’s Chris Cant hasn’t lost his touch over summer. After leading all comers in the QFA South goal kicking last year with 84, he has kicked things off in 2016 in the best way possible, with 10 of the best. That means he is on track to kick 180 this year…
Sandgate didn’t have the greatest day at the office on the weekend, but that shining light out of it, and the pre-season as a whole, is Cody Stackelberg. The 15-year old senior player, yes, 15, looks like a bloke who has been running around for years in the side. He is hard at it, composed, doesn’t take a backward step, and runs the lines well. He has plenty of good senior footy ahead of him, this kid.
At home or far away
AFL Papua New Guinea hosted a week of staff development workshops in Port Moresby last week, and our own Coaching and Volunteer Education Manager, Steve Wildschut, went over to share his knowledge. He presented to over 60 teachers, coaches, administrators and staff for the staff conference and Level 1 Coaching Course, as the connection between AFL Queensland and AFL Pacific strengthens.
While the majority of the SEQ men’s competitions got the season proper underway over the weekend, the two women’s leagues ramped up their preparations with practice matches. The majority of QWAFL and QWAFA teams had a four-quarter hit out, with their season just three weeks away. Getting close now!
By Andrew Wiles