Cairns turns it on ahead of the NQ v SQ Intrastate Rep Clash

As winter makes it’s self known across Queensland and the South East of the state shivers through a “cold snap”, North Queensland (NQ) Coach Aaron Davey hopes the tropical conditions add the finishing touches to the “strongest NQ side in a long time” when they take on South Queensland (SQ) on Saturday.

Speaking on a sparkling Cazalys Oval, less than 48 hours out from kick off, the former Melbourne Demons player and NQ representative turned debutant coach said the stage was set.

“Hopefully the conditions work in our favour and it’s too hot for the Southerners. For us, it’s actually pretty cold at the moment!,” he said.

The Coach admitting, sunshine and 25 degrees aside, the nerves had already kicked in ahead of Saturday’s clash.

“I am feeling extremely proud but nervous at the same time. But most of all I’m really looking forward to it – it’s always a special thing playing rep footy. I’ve been fortunate the play in the past two and now to be given the opportunity to coach, I’m proud. I’m excited.”

With Cairns playing host to the 7th instalment of the Rep Clash, Davey made mention of his local competition, noting how special it was to have all seven of the clubs in the AFL Cairns senior men’s competition represented.

“It’s a great sign for the strength of local footy in Cairns. With every club represented, I think it’s the first time in a long time for that,” he said.

“My plan was to bring in some young players and expose them to rep footy so they build on rep footy to come.”

SQ Coach Danny Craven, who’s inked his name into the NQ v SQ history books with a four game winning streak, admits the Southerners will have their work cut out for them if they’re to go five from five under his guidance.

“If you believe the scribes, this is supposed to be NQ’s best chance and best line up against us in the last five years and from what I am looking at on paper that probably is definitely the case,” he said.

“We will need to play our best footy to compete. It’s a great occasion for all players to represent their region . And if we can come away with the win, that’d be fantastic. But really, I think it’s probably one of the closer games we’ve had over the years.”

Dubbed “Super Coach” by his Northern counterpart, Davey, Craven spoke of the excitement of seeing the next crop of Queensland representative players taking part in the big dance.

“We have 19 brand new ones, and I think they’ve got 18 new ones. Every year across the teams we get different batch of players from diverse parts of Queensland that get an opportunity, which is what it’s all about, ” he said.

“Every time we have this rep game you seriously don’t know what you’re going to get from the opposition and even within your own group, because you got all these new faces representing you. They come from all walks of life and they’re representing as one unit for two hours, for one day.

“It’s not like coaching a grand final team where you know your core group and all that. Rep footy is exciting for that reason, and particularly in our case we are drawing from 45 football teams and five different competitions, so trying to narrow down the talent pool is like finding a needle in a haystack.”

But needles he believes he’s found.

“There is a young fella called Zac Quinn from Mayne who we think has great honours in front of him. And, there is a couple other youngsters; young Jaden Patching on the wing from Redcliffe is doing a good job at club land. Benny Lynch at full forward is an excitement machine when he gets going and were excited for that this weekend.”

With young talent at the ready for both teams, equally both will rely on their experienced players.

Springwood veteran Rowan Page steps into the captaincy shoes for SQ.

“It’s an absolute honour, I’ve played in the SQ team for a few years now and I’ve seen how Benny Merrett did it captaining the team the last three years. To be captain of quality teammates is really special,” said Page.

A sentiment echoed by new NQ Skipper, Sean Connelly.

“It’s an honour and a privilege. I was shocked when Flash gave me the news I was going to be captain. I was grateful just to be a part of the squad, let alone just being in the team. And then I got the news I was captain! I will do my best to represent the region, our clubs and my family well,” he said.

AFL Queensland announced yesterday the new kick off time for the match; 2:15pm (Read the statement). The game will be live streamed on

You can also follow along on AFLQ socials for live score updates.


Number Name Club Height Weight
1 Jack Coghlan Mayne 174 70
2 Jayden Smith Coolaroo 170 72
3 Jordan Williams Universirty of Qld 185 80
4 Callum Eddy Beenleigh 176 80
5 Jacob Watson Caloundra 182 78
6 Zac Quin Mayne 186 81
7 Jacob Knight Hinterland 177 77
8 Jai Kennealy Springwood 183 85
9 Luca Mason Caloundra 185 82
10 Zachary Templeton Kenmore 179 86
11 Matthew Schlein Bay Power 184 80
12 Rowan Page (capt) Springwood 183 85
13 Jaiden Patching Redcliffe 186 80
14 Sean Goode Beenleigh 190 82
15 Ryan Eyles Mayne 185 88
16 Cameron Perkins Mayne 191 89
17 Johnathon Leidig South Toowoomba 188 92
20 Jack James Beenleigh 194 88
21 Benjamin Lynch Coorparoo 194 102
22 Damian McRae Across the Waves 194 92
23 Daniel Schmidt Mayne 197 94
24 Joshua Keleher Caloundra 192 90
19 Bradley Kimberley Caloundra 174 72
Coach Danny Craven


Number Name Club Height Weight
1 Josh Lea Port Douglas 177cm 70kg
2 Daniel Davidson Port Douglas 172cm 72kg
8 Josh Mawson Port Douglas 183cm 75kg
4 Christian Burgess Yeppoon 174cm 78kg
5 Luke Morgan Centrals Trinity Beach 183cm 79kg
6 Brandon Deslandes Cairns City Lions 180cm 80kg
7 Anthony Stewart North Cairns 191cm 85kg
9 Jake Long Cairns City Lions 181cm 80kg
10 Robbie Turnbull Cairns City Lions 182cm 80kg
11 Oliver Ritchie Cairns Saints 180cm 78kg
12 Josh Gall Manunda Hawks 184cm 82kg
13 Callaway Parker Hermit Park 181cm 82kg
14 Nick Thacker Centrals Trinity Beach 180cm 83kg
15 Lachie Rhook South Cairns 189cm 88kg
16 Joel Newman Thuringowa 190cm 90kg
17 Nick Johnson Cairns City Lions 192cm 92kg
18 Elia Ware Manunda Hawks 194cm 92kg
19 Sean Connelly (capt) Cairns City Lions 195cm 92kg
20 Jordan Cullen Mackay Magpies 188cm 94kg
21 Ben Barber Eastern Swans 176cm 95Kg
22 Ezekeil Frank Manunda Hawks 195cm 100kg
23 Jamie Garner Yeppoon 194cm 100kg
3 Ty Auton Curra Swans 175cm 72kg
Coach Aaron Davey

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