Alpha Sport Pre-season Cup: Week 2 preview


Labrador vs. Broadbeach
1:50pm, Cooke-Murphy Oval

Tomorrow will give fans a preview of two teams tipped to feature prominently in the 2015 QAFL season.

Labrador head into the game coming off an impressive 72-point win over Surfers Paradise in week one of the Alpha Sports Pre-Season cup. Although the game was played in blustery conditions, their supremacy in the contested ball stats saw them control the game for the entire day.

This week they welcome back up to 12 players who missed last week, as each team looks to perfect its line up before round one.

Broadbeach go into tomorrow’s game off the back of a hotly contested battle with Palm Beach Currumbin. In typical pre-season fashion, it was a bit of a scrap, but Palm Beach are never an easy opponent to beat. The Cats were eventual winners by three-goals.

Tomorrow’s game should be a red-hot contest between two of the QAFL’s heavy weights.

Western Magpies vs. Morningside
11.20am, O’Callaghan Park

The up and comers against the champs. The Western Magpies were convincing in their three-goal win over Mt Gravatt last Saturday. They spread well, and linked up through handball out of the backline, ensuring a quick and free flowing brand of football.

Morningside were comfortable last week without setting the world on fire. They played the way they wanted to play, controlling the game for its majority, withstanding a late surge from Wilston Grange, to run out 18-point winners.

Although its just a pre-season game, and it’s more about structures than results, the Magpies would love to make a statement early on in the year by knocking off the reigning premiers.


UQ vs. Robina
11.20am, Limestone Park

After their 42-point win over Burleigh last week, UQ are now the sole remaining QAFL team in Pool B. They started strongly last week, to open up a five-goal half time lead. After UQ made a few positional changes, Burleigh began to claw back in the third quarter, but the Red Lions were able to hit the scoreboard in the final term. 

Robina are presented with a fantastic opportunity and challenge this week, being able to compare themselves to a QAFL club. They have earned this opportunity after a hard fought win over Kenmore last week. In an arm wrestle all day, it was the Roos who got over the line by 12-points.

UQ will be looking to prove how much they have improved over summer, while Robina will be keen to cause an upset in what looks to be a very interesting game.

Mayne vs. Maroochydore
1:50pm, O’Callaghan Park

After last weeks inaugural Hart Sports Cup, played out between the two QFA conference premiers, Mayne impressed with a nine-goal win over Springwood. It was Housego, Daly and Murtha who set up the win with three goals each.

Maroochydore go into tomorrows match off the back of an upset win over Sandgate last week. In an impressive performance, they lead from the outset to come home 33-point winners over their more fancied rivals.

Both teams will be looking for a grand final berth, in a toss of the coin affair.


Coolangatta Tweed vs. Yeronga South Brisbane
11:20am, Cooke-Murphy Oval

Tomorrow will see Yeronga and Coolangatta get their first look at each other in 2015 as they both prepare for the QFA South season ahead.

Coolangatta were comprehensive in their victory over Alexandra Hills last week. Opening up a four-goal lead by quarter time, they continued on to run out 70-point winners.

In a much more contested game of football, Yeronga defeated Coorparoo in a low scoring affair. With just 12 goals kicked between the two teams for the day, Yeronga got over the line by nine points.

Both teams will be out to gain the mental upper hand over their opposition tomorrow before the season official begins.

Caloundra vs. Aspley Hornets
1:00pm, North St Oval

Both Caloundra and Aspley come into this week’s battle after comfortable victories last weekend. Caloundra were dominant in their 82-point victory over Nambour & Hinterland, helped by Travis Gardiner who kicked four, and Tim Pierpoint who kicked three.

Aspley were always in control against Moreton Bay, winning by 10 goals.

It wont be the last time these teams play this year, so keep an eye out to see who gains the initial edge.


Redcliffe vs. Pine Rivers
10.50am, North St Oval

Last week, under the watchful eye of Liam Dawson, Redcliffe were able run over the top of the Woodsmen. After trailing at quarter time by five points, the Tigers held the Woodsmen scoreless in the second quarter, before finishing 20-points ahead when the final siren rang.

Pine Rivers couldn’t do any more than what they did last week. The QAFA (A) side beat the Bribie Island, from the QAFA (B) North competition 163-0. Although a lesser-ranked opponent, a win that big is always impressive. 

Pine Rivers should expect a much closer contest this week. Whoever books a grand final spot will have to earn it.

Ipswich vs. Bond University
1.50pm, Limestone Park

In a free flowing game of football, Ipswich was able to use their outside run to overcome a spirited Griffith Moorooka by 21-points.

The QAFA (A) side will this week take on QAFA (B) South side, Bond University, who lead from the outset against Coomera, eventually running out 43-point winners. 

Ipswich will go in favorites, but expect a close contest between the two sides vying for a pre-season grand final position.

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