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, notin ghow 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 http://cluch.tv

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

SQ

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

Emegency

19

Bradley Kimberley

Caloundra

174

72

         

Coach

Danny Craven

     

 

NQ

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

Emegency

3

Ty Auton

Curra Swans

175cm

72kg

         

Coach

Aaron Davey

     

 

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