In December last year, Dean Webb, a Lismore Swans player, lost his battle with melanoma at just 28 years of age. On Saturday, Lismore hosted the inaugural Dean Webb Cup when they played Byron. The aim of the day was to honour a mate, and raise money for the Melanoma Institute of Australia. It wasn’t just these two clubs getting behind it though. Dean’s father, Sean, is the president of Griffith Moorooka, so the Roosters got down and helped out in anyway they could as well. Byron ended up winning, but this day was more than just a game of footy.
The Surfers Paradise reserves team kicked 26 goals on the weekend. Not a bad day out. But wait, there’s more; one individual kicked over half of those. 19-year-old Cody Filewood booted 14 for the afternoon, that’s 84-points alone off his own boot! Not bad for a mid-sized kid… surely knocking on the door to play seniors next week.
On Saturday, Brett ‘Angel’ Duke became the third ever Noosa Tiger to play 250 games for the club. His list of achievements at the club is as long as your arm and includes two premierships – with a best on ground in one of them – being a club captain, leading goal kicker twice, and receiving life membership in 2012. No doubt the game meant a lot to the club, and the senior boys made sure it was remembered in the right way, with a 56-point win over Moreton Bay.
There were highlights aplenty in the Queensland Women’s Academy’s two games against Western Australia over the weekend, but we couldn’t go past this mark. Who else but Tayla Harris producing another grab for the highlight reel? But it wasn’t just in the air she was showing her prowess, nailing a long goal from outside the arc off a couple of steps in the game on Friday night.
There was a silver lining to Broadbeach’s loss to Morningside on the weekend, and that was the performance of Joel Platell. Playing in a backline under siege, on one of the most in-form big men of the comp in Kent Abey, you could excuse the 17-year-old for struggling a bit. That wasn’t the case. He held Abey to one goal, moved well, positioned himself in places that put his body on the line, and won a bit of the footy. Key position players usually take a few years to find their feet at senior level, so this kid is going to be a star.
By Andrew Wiles