While the Brisbane Lions didn’t have the afternoon they were after in the NEAFL QClash on Saturday, there was a very interesting stat to come out of it. The Lions three top possession getters on the ground for the day were Ben Keays, Eric Hipwood and Reuben William, all graduates of last year’s Queensland State Academy. The boys haven’t taken long to find their feet at all; hopefully there are a few AFL debuts just around the corner.
There are a few people that would argue Saturday’s QAFL game between Palm Beach and Surfers Paradise was just a curtain raiser. Those people were probably participants in the legends game that played straight after. A few old timers (said in the most respectable way) from each club pulled the jumpers on again and had a kick. From all reports, there were a few sore bodies on Sunday morning.
Brad Scheer medal
It seems the NAB AFL Academy isn’t the only recognition Queensland State Academy member, Brad Scheer, is getting of late. After a week down in Melbourne playing with the national academy against VFL sides, Scheer returned home to receive the Harry Gordon Medal from Carbine Club of Queensland, given to Queensland football participants who represent the quality positives of Harry Gordon, both on and off the field. I doubt this will be the last bit of recognition Scheer gets this year.
Hasn’t missed a beat
Despite Saturday’s QClash curtain closer being Jenna McCormick’s first AFL game in over six months, there was no issue of rust. She snagged three goals, but also had 16 disposals, five marks, and four inside 50’s for the Brisbane Lions team. McCormick well and truly put her hand up for Queensland selection for their game against Victoria on May 22.
Roos’ get one back
Saturday’s QFA North Grand Final replay was the definition of contested football. At three quarter time, Maroochydore had kicked three goals, and Mayne four. It looked like the champs were going to get across the line, but the Roos had other ideas. They more than doubled their score in the last quarter, kicking four goals to one, to storm home and knock off the Tigers. That means Mayne now sit in the unfamiliar position of 0-2 in 2016. QFA North just got very, very interesting.
Another AFL debut
Just when you thought there couldn’t be any more Queensland action on the Gabba on Saturday, rookie umpire James Waldorff got thrown into the limelight as well. When Razor Ray Chamberlain went off at half time with an injury, James Waldorff was in for his AFL debut. Probably won’t be the last we see of him.