2017 QWAFL Previews: Zillmere

A new-look Zillmere outfit will hit the park in 2017 with a fresh coaching panel ready to send the club in the right direction. Here’s how they’re shaping up heading into round one:

Last time we saw them:
The Zillmere Eagles produced a solid 2016 season which yielded seven wins and nine losses, netting them fourth spot on the QWAFL ladder. Realistically, the Eagles have a tough task ahead of them to maintain that form this year, with many of the club’s established QWAFL players seeking opportunities elsewhere. However, Zillmere have got on the front foot in response and brought in new head coach John Taylor to oversee the rebuild and development of the club’s young and exciting prospects. Assisting him will be former Aspley women’s coach Liam Richardson and team manager Steve Maxwell who both will be key components of the club moving forward.

What to expect:
While it is unlikely Zillmere’s Brisbane Lions representatives will feature for them this season, there are plenty of positives the club can look forward to. With such a young list, we can expect to see plenty of girls given an opportunity for the first time at senior level to showcase their skills and cement a place in Zillmere’s side. While the focus this year for the Eagles will be largely based around development, some experienced older heads still on the list will make sure the team remains competitive. A round one bye will give Zillmere a valuable extra week of preparation after a turbulent pre-season.

On the radar:
One young gun on the rise for Zillmere is new recruit Montana Stubbings. Originally from Tasmania, the 18-year-old played state representative footy growing up and has moved up to Queensland this year to take part in the QWAFL. Despite not having played a practice match under John Taylor, Stubbings has acclimatised well to Queensland footy and shown great potential through the pre-season. With positive signs ahead of her club debut, Stubbings is firmly in Zillmere’s plans for 2017 and is poised to make her mark on the competition.

2016 Stats:
Ladder Position: 4th
Wins: 7
Losses: 9

From the coach:
“Our main aim is to try to be competitive over four quarters of footy. Along with adversity there comes opportunity and that’s what our girls are going to get this year.”
– Zillmere coach John Taylor

By Josh Cheadle

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