Tuesday Talking Points

Williams is a jet

When Josh Williams took three bounces down the wing, baulked two opponents, steadied from 35 on the run and kicked the goal of the day for Queensland against Tasmania in the Under 18’s yesterday, you couldn’t help but smile. However, anyone who has watched the Townsville product before wouldn’t be surprised. Williams’ pulls the ball out of the pack and takes off like Patty Dangerfield. No one can go with him in the first five metres. While the goal might be the cream on top of the cake, his explosiveness is what will get him noticed for years to come. He was super yesterday.



With the Gold Coast SUNS only having five AFL listed players available for their NEAFL clash against Redland on Saturday, they had to give a few blokes the call up. They didn’t just look locally though; they went North. Kye Chapple, Ryan Etherington, Jesse Mawson and Jermaine Wardle all jumped on the jet in North Queensland, and made the trek down to Metricon to help the SUNS out.



Coomera’s Damien Hofert notches up a staggering 500 senior games this weekend. 500!!

Hofert’s senior career started back in 1988 in Wagga, before moving to Palm Beach in 1993. Since then, he has played for West Brisbane, Coolangatta, and Coomera (which he helped establish) in the sunshine state. He may be 46 years old, but still has a few tricks in the bag, and gives some invaluable experience to the young guys. After all, he has got 499 games to reflect on!  Well done, Damien, and good luck on Saturday.


International recruit for Southport

At the start of the year, Matthew Bentley approached the Southport Colts side about playing footy this year. Sounds simple enough, but what makes this story noteworthy, is the fact Bentley is on a gap year from South Africa, and had never played the game before. That was until last weekend, when he ran out for the first time with the Sharks in their win over Coorparoo, and by all accounts, did very well.



On Saturday, Griffith Moorooka laced up their boots for a special cause. They wore rainbow laces across all fixtures, in support of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, which was celebrated on May 17. For more information about IDAHOT, click HERE



Kate McCarthy

AFL Queensland Female High Performance Manager, Craig Starcevich, earmarked Kate McCarthy as one to watch in the lead up to the Brisbane Lions vs. Melbourne women’s exhibition game, and he was on the money. McCarthy booted two goals, and was named best on ground for the Lions. She lapped up the space on the MCG, showing a clean pair of heels to her opponent when she put the afterburners on, and took off.



We have heard a lot about Connor and Cody Stackelberg this year, playing for Sandgate in the QAFL, but it seems they aren’t the only talented footy players in the family. Imogen Stackelberg, a Sandgate junior, has been selected in the Queensland Under 15 School Girls team. Talk about a good bloodline!

By Andrew Wiles

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