By Daniel Viles
COORPAROO v SOUTHPORT
Saturday 20 May 2023, 4:45pm at Giffin Park, Coorparoo
Live with commentary on YouTube
Head-to-head: Played 2 – Southport won 2
Head-to-head at Giffin Park: nil
Last time they met: 16 July 2022 – Southport 4.5 (29) d Coorparoo 2.3 (15) at Leyshon Park
The Southport juggernaut will be tested this Saturday when it visits Coorparoo without four of its stars of the 2023 Bond University QAFLW.
Defenders Selina Priest and Jess Maher, forward Maggie O’Connell, and midfielder/forward Carly Remmos will all miss the visit to The Castle, although this still leaves the inside midfield quartet of Boltz, Breward, O’Brien and Watt intact as well as the aerial threat of Darcie Davies and Tayla Gregory up forward.
Coorparoo, smarting after its upset loss to Wilston Grange last week, also has more than its share of omissions with 14 players across the club unavailable for Round 6. Most notably, the absence of Stacey Francis-Bayman deprives fans of the chance to see her battle in the ruck with Lilly Pearce, while Ari Reilly will wait to add to her 150 games for Coorparoo.
Making her debut for the Kings will be Kalei Brighton, a Ruby Series netballer with Darling Downs Panthers and Bond University in past years. At the opposite end of the experience spectrum, Adair Henderson and Hannah Sexton have won a collective 10 QAFLW Grand Finals between them dating back to 2006.
Peyton Mackie debuts for the Sharks less than two years after being named Best and Fairest for Southport’s Under 15s, while Maddie Gault’s first appearance in the Black V will add to a club career that already includes two premierships plus a Grand Final Best on Ground medal with Waratah in the Northern Territory. Serina Balanda completes a hard-running trio with her return to the top grade while Matisse Hunter provides some continuity to the backline.
In celebration of Sir Doug Nicholls Round, Coorparoo will wear its white and blue First Nations-themed jerseys.
FB | 45 Bonnie Farrell | 23 Charlotte Edmunds
HB | 36 Ayla Fraser | 15 Ajla Fetahagic | 30 Taya Oliver
C | 1 Bridget Taylor | 3 Sally Young (c) | 47 Laura Blue
HF | 22 Binta Lamin | 54 Chloe Gaunt
FF | 4 Jess Watts | 55 Courtney Alder | 21 Chelsea Winn
FOL | 32 Emily Robinson | 24 Hannah McLaughlin | 18 Lucy Schneider
IC | 13 Gabby Fares | 17 Adair Henderson | 35 Kalei Brighton^ | 40 Rose Collins | 51 Hannah Sexton
EMG | 28 Kelsey Crosbie | 37 Renee Keith | 58 Tshanti Parry
Coach: Rebecca Randazzo
IN: Laura Blue; Kalei Brighton; Adair Henderson; Hannah Sexton
OUT: Stacey Francis-Bayman; Ari Reilly; Mel Sweeney
FB | 46 Maddy Baldwin | 61 Kialla-Skye Bailey
HB | 8 Abbie Pluples | 11 Leigh Alder | 2 Rianna Schipp (vc)
C | 47 Georgia Breward | 14 Maddy Watt | 12 Tamsin Perry
HF | 4 Hannah Davies | 43 Darcie Davies | 58 Peyton Mackie
FF | 5 Jess Malouf (c) | 32 Tayla Gregory
FOL | 29 Lilly Pearce | 22 Poppy Boltz | 7 Steph O’Brien
IC | 17 Serina Balanda | 19 Sarah Ingram | 30 Matisse Hunter | 45 Maddie Gault^ | 57 Ruby Mitchell
EMG | 6 Avalon Pearce | 15 Lateesha Jeffrey | 16 Tori Winstanley | 56 Paris Couzijn
Coach: Peter Doherty
IN: Serina Balanda; Maddie Gault; Matisse Hunter; Peyton Mackie
OUT: Jess Maher; Maggie O’Connell; Selina Priest; Carly Remmos
BOND UNIVERSITY v YERONGA SOUTH BRISBANE
Saturday 20 May 2023, 2pm at Bond University Oval, Robina
Head-to-head: Played 11 – Bond University won 6; Yeronga won 5
Head-to-head at Bond University Oval: Played 6 – Bond University won 3; Yeronga won 3.
Last time they met: 18 June 2022 – Bond University 7.6 (48) d Yeronga 3.10 (28) at Bond University Oval
Bond University will be desperate to avoid a third consecutive loss in the Bond University QAFLW when it hosts Yeronga on Saturday.
After beginning the season in imperious form, pilfering by the Suns and Lions Academy teams has seen the Bull Sharks go down to Southport comfortably and Aspley heartachingly while using 39 players across the first five rounds. The good news is that there is barely anyone left yet to debut, meaning that the four players coming into the side this week all have top-level experience.
Most significantly, midfield lynchpin Courtney Sexton rejoins an on-ball group enhanced by Leah Kaslar’s move from fullback (although she may rotate with Mackenzie Farmer through the match) and Mikayla Pauga able to move inside from half-forward when needed.
Yeronga has not beaten Bond since Emily Bates and Jordan Zanchetta put on a masterclass in the 2020 Preliminary Final en route to the Devils’ fourth premiership.
Lisa Milne has opted for speed over size this week with the combative Taylah Welch and Kasey Holleran making way for Stephanie Rosenthal and debutante Goldie Poultney, who becomes the first player from last year’s Yeronga/Mt Gravatt Under 17 side to debut in the QAFLW. Madie Satyasiv is replaced by Briony Black, who debuts after 42 matches in Reserve Grade for Yeronga and UQ.
FB | 24 Mackenzie Farmer | 10 Grace Moodie
HB | 20 Paris Lightfoot (c) | 29 Jemma Blair | 32 Piper Phelan
C | 40 Charlotte Taylor | 2 Georgia Johnson | 11 Georgia Hutton
HF | 9 Bella Iverach | 21 Andria Heard | 18 Mikayla Pauga
FF | 56 Lily Tarlinton | 58 Issy Lowe
FOL | 50 Jasmyn Davidson | 36 Leah Kaslar | 7 Courtney Sexton
IC | 13 Sally Evans | 14 Gabby Deller | 22 Jasmine Single | 31 Tobi Chapman | 55 Lexi Samuels
EMG | 16 Georgia Wakefield | 43 Mitzi Adamson | 44 Sophie Balcombe | 61 Paige Dunstone
Coach: Andy Lovell
IN: Mackenzie Farmer; Piper Phelan; Courtney Sexton; Jasmine Single
OUT: Sophie Balcombe; Paige Dunstone; Shannon Nolan; Aleira Usher
YERONGA SOUTH BRISBANE
FB | 3 Georgia Carmody | 24 Stephanie Field | 1 Stephanie Rosenthal
HB | 22 Kara Stock | 8 Lucy Bellinger (c)
C | 4 Camilla Burnett | 55 Jamie Howell (vc) | 7 Tiarnah Isua
HF | 6 Courtney McDonnell | 21 Sophie Dunne | 30 Peppa Poultney
FF | 2 Georgia Hewett | 14 Madison Goodwin
FOL | 15 Jessie Baltus | 60 Goldie Poultney^ | 10 Madi Twin
IC | 16 Clancey Sutton | 31 Holly Mills | 35 Sophie Wheeler | 38 Emily Bleney | 46 Briony Black^
EMG | 19 Lilian Baker | 25 Georgia Cuffe | 28 Emily Rogers
Coach: Lisa Milne
IN: Briony Black; Goldie Poultney; Stephanie Rosenthal
OUT: Kasey Holleran; Madie Satyasiv; Taylah Welch
MAROOCHYDORE v WILSTON GRANGE
Saturday 20 May 2023, 4:45pm at Domino’s Oval, Maroochydore
Head-to-head: Played 12 – Maroochydore won 8; Wilston Grange won 4
Head-to-head at Domino’s Oval: Played 6 – Maroochydore won 4; Wilston Grange won 2
Last time they met: 9 July 2022 – Maroochydore 11.16 (82) d Wilston Grange 0.0 (0) at Domino’s Oval
One of the most intriguing matches in the 2023 Bond University QAFLW will be played at Domino’s Oval this Saturday when Wilston Grange travels north to Maroochydore.
Wilston Grange followed a disappointing loss to University of Queensland with the upset of the year over Coorparoo. Maroochydore has fallen from third to seventh in the last fortnight but have had the unique misfortune of facing the full-strength versions of the league’s three strongest teams.
The Roos welcome back defender Sara-Jane O’Grady, sorely missed against Southport last week, while the Gorillas have the luxury of bringing back captain Chloe Litherland into a winning side.
Both sides have named incomplete team lists, but the one guaranteed debut is for Shania Jones who appears for Wilston Grange having played 15 QAFLW matches for Maroochydore from 2017 to 2019 between stints with Hinterland in the QFAW and Lavington Panthers in Victoria.
Maroochydore has won the last eight matches between these teams, each by a greater margin than the last (9, 12, 26, 34, 50, 70, 76, 82 – no supplementary numbers). However, the Tricolours have already broken losing streaks against Yeronga and Coorparoo in 2023. What odds one more?
FB | 39 Imagen David | 9 Naomi Fitzpatrick | 30 Kiara Hillier
HB | 25 Sara-Jane O’Grady | 28 Zara Hurley
C | 22 Lily Logan | 2 Kelsee Sills (c) | 13 Jya Epstein
HF | 32 Alyssa Armstrong | 24 Grace Perry | 47 Hayley Edgar
FF | 1 Jessee Sills | 50 Tara Muir
FOL | 48 Renee Teys | 7 Demi Norton | 5 Kate Fowles
IC | 21 Anneka Williams | 23 Ebony Otto | 31 Chloe Turner | 44 Madalyn Hennessy | one may be added
EMG | nil
Coaches: Dave Hume and Hetti Malone
IN: Sara-Jane O’Grady; Ebony Otto; one may be added
OUT: Marybeth Banks; Holly Hurley; Bethany McKenna
FB | 10 Ash Moloney | 4 Megan Boscoe | 17 Kylie Welsh
HB | 21 Jacinta Ens | 51 Gemma Donataccio
C | 5 Keyshia Matenga | 1 Mackenzie Findlay | 26 Uma Brennan
HF | 35 Charlize Anderson | one to be added
FF | 15 Daisy Carter | 33 Ella Smith | 27 Naomi Celebre
FOL | 8 Kalista-Jayne Shiner | 29 Caitlyn Rawding | 7 Chloe Litherland (c)
IC | 2 Abbey Brokken | 18 Siobhan Senior | 40 Jayme Winter | 49 Shania Jones† | 52 Grace O’Donnell
EMG | 23 Caitlin Gunn | 25 Maegan Dick
Coach: Brenton Meddings
IN: Shania Jones; Chloe Litherland; one may be added
OUT: Mia Geere; Emma MacNeill; Annabel Pettigrew
UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND v ASPLEY
Saturday 20 May 2023, 4:45pm at Base Architecture Meadows, St Lucia
Head-to-head: Played 8 – University of Queensland won 8
Head-to-head at Base Architecture Meadows: Played 2 – University of Queensland won 2
Last time they met: 16 July 2022 – University of Queensland 6.7 (43) d Aspley 5.2 (32) at Leyshon Park
The Bond University QAFLW Round 6 clash between UQ and Aspley was, for better and worse, always going to have a dramatic undercurrent.
Jaimie Bryant, Tarryn Meyer, Jess Stallard and Louise Tyson were part of UQ’s winning Grand Final team last August. Silvana Goldbach-Eggert was part of the squad. Mikayla Martin and Rachael Vetter were part of UQ’s 2021 winning Grand Final team. All will turn out for Aspley on Saturday.
Then there’s Luke Glacken, midfield coach under Ross Clayfield at UQ for both of those premierships but now facing his former mentor as head coach for the first time.
For both players and coaches, it’s going to be inevitably awkward (#QAwkiesFLW). Winning a football game is difficult enough without having to deal with the sporting equivalent of going to the party where you’ll see your ex with their new partner for the first time. The good news is that first meetings happen only once, and this is likely the last time a UQ-Aspley match will have this subtext.
Aspley’s side is very settled with only two changes, neither inclusion new to the QAFLW, from the team that won the heart-stopper against Bond last week.
University of Queensland introduces defenders Indiya de Jonge and Jacinta Fisher, de Jonge after a full season in Reserve Grade and Fisher via Sydney, Adelaide and a track and field career (long jump and triple jump) with Baylor University in Texas, where Clayfield also spent time during his education degree.
Several UQ players will have different jersey numbers this week as, to celebrate Sir Doug Nicholls Round, they wear their purple indigenous jerseys with the Maiwar motif unveiled by the club during the 2022 season.
UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND
FB | 21 Jessi Henning | 10 Jacinta Fisher^
HB | 7 Madi Crowley-Long (c) | 20 Indiya de Jonge^ | 12 Charlotte Andrews
C | 2 Jane Childes | 9 Lara Mason | 3 Lucy McCormick
HF | 4 Kadie Fletcher | 14 Harriet Knijff | 23 Elka Barnett
FF | 17 Edie McCabe | 1 Gracie Champion
FOL | 11 Caitlin Laycock | 16 Ava Seton (vc) | 6 Lauren Middleton
IC | 5 Meagan Cook | 15 Kate McKenna | 18 Rieley Bloor | 19 Lucy Hicks (vc) | 22 Julia Dawson
EMG | nil
Coach: Ross Clayfield
IN: Indiya de Jonge; Jacinta Fisher; Edie McCabe
OUT: Jasmine Dekker; Ella Reddaway; Brooke Sheridan
FB | 13 Lucy Thompson | 20 Emma Pittman
HB | 5 Lucy Pengelly | 23 Ange Lingard (c) | 15 Jaimie Bryant
C | 17 Ella Smith | 12 Lucia Liessi | 11 Tarryn Meyer
HF | 9 Louise Tyson | 25 Jess Stallard | 40 Rachael Vetter
FF | 34 Charlie Mullins | 28 Anais Kirvan
FOL | 59 Holly Mirfield | 4 Courtney Daniec (c) | 30 Mikayla Martin
IC | 8 Maddy Kawa | 10 Morgan Lanigan | 16 Anna van de Wiel | 21 Silvana Goldbach-Eggert | 38 Finn Davies
EMG | 19 Hanna Brennan | 54 Emma Lendrum
Coach: Luke Glacken
IN: Finn Davies; Silvana Goldbach-Eggert
OUT: Ella Desrettes; Emma Lendrum
^ denotes QAFLW debut; † denotes QAFLW club debut
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