Darling Downs

An open letter from Gillon McLachlan, AFL CEO

To everyone involved in community football in 2021 – thank you! To everyone involved in community football leagues, clubs and programs across Australia, I want to say a sincere thank you for bringing the game back in what has been

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Outstanding contribution by Afghanistan refugee Zimra Hussain

Fifteen-year old Queensland football representative Zimra Hussain has been awarded the Outstanding Contribution from a New Queenslander in the Queensland Government’s Multicultural Queensland Awards.  The Brisbane Lions Academy member arrived to Queensland seven years ago as a refugee from Afghanistan

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Legends of Now and Then celebrated at AFL Darling Downs’ Night of Nights

Half of century of footy on the Darling Downs has been celebrated with the naming of the 50 year team at the AFL Darling Downs (AFLDD) 2021 Awards Night. All decades of Darling Downs football were represented in the room,

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Nominations for the 2022 AFLW Community Ambassador program now open

AFL Queensland is calling for nominations for the 2022 AFLW Community Ambassador program. The AFLW Community Cup Ambassador program was established in 2021 to recognise members of the football community who have been instrumental in facilitating and nurturing the remarkable

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AROUND THE GROUNDS

𝘛𝘢𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘢𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥 𝘧𝘰𝘰𝘵𝘺 𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘴 𝘢𝘤𝘳𝘰𝘴𝘴 𝘘𝘶𝘦𝘦𝘯𝘴𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘥. We’re giving a big Country Queensland shout out to one of AFL Darling Downs most decorated footballers…Jeremy ‘Jezza’ Leahy who played his 300th game for the Goondiwindi Hawks over the weekend! Since his

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COVID-19 Update re. QLD/NSW Border Zone and what is means for AFLQ

With the New South Wales border zone now reinstated, the Queensland Government has declared organised sport as a permitted purpose for crossing the Queensland/New South Wales border. This means that organised junior, youth and senior football fixtures can go ahead

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Half a century of footy on the Downs celebrated with naming of Best 50 of 50

AFL Queensland has announced the best 50 players of the last 50 years of senior footy on the Darling Downs. After scaling through the history books and liaising with representatives from Darling Downs football from across the five decades, the

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Sherwood’s Samson Ryan to make his AFL debut for Richmond

Submitted by Peter Blucher Four years ago Samson Ryan moved to Toowoomba to play cricket, perhaps dreaming of one day playing for Australia in the Boxing Day Test at the MCG. Tonight he will be at the MCG, but there

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AFL Queensland statement – Vale Mervin ‘Merv’ Peltz

Head of AFL Queensland, Trisha Squires: “On behalf of AFL Queensland, we send our love and support to the Peltz family, the Dalby Swans Football Club and the wider AFL Darling Downs football community, following the sad passing of Mervin

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Queenslanders dominate 2021 U19 Allies Squad announcement

13 Queenslanders will fly the flag for the Allies when the NAB AFL Under 19 Championships kicks off next month on the Gold Coast, with the AFL today announcing the initial 2021 squad. Representing the north of the state includes

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NQ triumph in the NQ v SQ Intrastate Rep Clash

Two hours after they got off the plane in Cairns, South Queensland came out firing. Booting three goals and a behind in the first 15 minutes, the NQ v SQ Intrastate Rep game at Cazaly’s Stadium looked like it could

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Coolaroo Celebrate 50 Years

In 1971, Coolaroo AFC joined Signals and Aviation in the first season of the AFL Darling Downs competition. Coolaroo eventually went down by a mere 3 points in the ‘71 decider, however would continue on to be the only club

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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

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RESULTS: QSS 10-12 Years Combined AFL State Championships

After four action packed days, the 2021 Queensland School Sport (QSS) 10-12 Years Combined AFL State Championships in Cairns has wrapped up! Congratulations to our two winning regions: Girls – South Coast Boys – Sunshine Coast A special shout out

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Sir Doug Nicholls Round – a lasting legacy for our game

There were moving scenes at footy grounds across the weekend with captains of our QAFL clubs exchanging Didgeridoos and at QAFLW games they exchanged Clapsticks during the coin toss.   A symbol of our community embracing not only Racism. It

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Teams announced ahead of NQ v SQ Rep Intrastate Clash

All roads lead to Cairns this Saturday for the seventh instalment of the annual senior men’s North Queensland (NQ) versus South Queensland (SQ) Intrastate Clash. Both coaches have announced their final teams, with a plethora of new faces set to

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South Burnett Heritage Day to mark 40th Anniversary

It was 1981, Trevor Chappell had just bowled his infamous under arm delivery, plans to move the South Melbourne Swans to Sydney were taking shaped and the AFL Darling Downs competition was set to introduce the Kingaroy based South Burnett

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AFLW star presents Toowoomba Tigers with their Indigenous guernseys for Sir Doug Nicholls Round

The unveiling of the Toowoomba Tigers Indigenous guernsey at training last night was made a little extra special with a visit from AFLW Premiership winning player Dakota Davidson. The Brisbane Lions superstar and proud Gunditjmara/Ngarrindjeri woman, presented the guernseys to

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Indigenous Guernsey’s on show in Sir Doug Nicholls Round

Morningside Panthers, Brisbane Designed by: former Panther players, Ambrose Killian and Matt Robert from Ngalin Ayeye. Submitted story: The artists wanted the art piece and jumper to symbolise the Morningside Panthers heritage, values and commitment to being open and welcoming

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AFL Darling Downs to name a ‘Best 50 of the 50’

It was the year 1971 and three foundation clubs; Signals, Coolaroo and Aviation came together to mark the first season of the AFL Darling Down’s (AFLDD) Senior Men’s competition. They would be joined by a fourth club, South Toowoomba, in

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AROUND THE GROUNDS

Taking you around footy grounds across Queensland. This week we’re heading to Goondiwindi! It was an action-packed day on Saturday at Goondiwindi AFC, with the club celebrating their Goondiwindi Hawks Family Day. Auskickers got the action underway, in the final

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SQ squad list announced ahead of SQ v NQ Rep clash

South Queensland (SQ) will rely on a mix of new talent and experience when they take on North Queensland (NQ) in the upcoming Queensland representative clash. AFL Queensland has today revealed the SQ squad list, which is headlined by former

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EXIMM partners with AFL Queensland to celebrate 2021 Pride Round

AFL Queensland is proud to announce a partnership with EXIMM for their 2021 state-wide Pride Round. The EXIMM Pride Round will take place across Queensland on the weekend of 14-16th of May and will celebrate diversity and inclusion across the

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Guidelines for concussion management in community football

The AFL has released its updated guidelines for the management of concussion in Australian football at all levels of the game outside of the AFL and AFLW competitions for 2021. In considering the best practice management of sport-related concussion, the

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New and old rivalries to be tested in Anzac Round

ANZAC Day holds a special place on the AFL Queensland calendar and is recognised each year by our state-wide leagues and clubs. Anzac round matches pay tribute to the sacrifice of the servicemen and women of Australia and New Zealand

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NAB AFL Auskickers ‘Grill’ McLachlan

By AFL Media. It’s that time of year again… tell the kids to lace up their boots and get a drink bottle ready, the 2021 NAB AFL Auskick season has commenced nationwide. For some Queensland kids, the season has already

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AFL Queensland statement – Vale Paul ‘Fowlesy’ Fowles

AFL Queensland wishes to express its deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Paul Fowles following his sudden passing on Friday. Paul is survived by wife Melissa and sons Bryce and Brendan.    Paul or ‘Fowlesy’ as he was

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Kick after the siren – Tigers take the title in a nail biter

The Toowoomba Tigers finished the AFL Queensland Darling Downs Under 17 girls season with a thrilling 5.10 (40) to 6.3 (39) defeat of Downlands College in last Saturday’s grand final at Kratzke Oval. After trailing all match Tigers player Christina

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AFL launches first dedicated program for junior coaches

For the first time coaches of junior footballers aged 7-12 can access a dedicated program of resources, with the AFL launching its Junior Coaching Curriculum.  The comprehensive program has been designed by industry experts to support coaches of young girls

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AFL Darling Downs unveils 2021 fixtures

The countdown is on until the first bounce of the 2021 AFL Darling Downs senior football seasons. Round one will officially be played on the ANZAC weekend, kicking off a 14-round home and away season. The Allied Cup, the senior

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