Darling Downs

Celebrating Sir Doug Nicholls Round in Queensland

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and contribution to our game is being celebrated across Queensland as part of Sir Doug Nicholls Round. From the Brisbane Lions and Gold Coast SUNS who will play home games this weekend to local

Posted in AFL, AFLQ, Capricornia, Darling Downs, Diversity, Featured News, Female, Indigenous, Mackay, Northern Rivers, QAFL, QAFLW, QFA, QWFA, SEQ Community Football, Top news, Townsville, Wide Bay

Darling Downs to welcome AFL legend Dane Swan

One of AFL’s greatest players will grace the Darling Downs region on Saturday, June 25 for a one-off game. AFL great, Brownlow Medallist, two-time Anzac Day Medallist, Premiership player, five-time All-Australian and 258game Collingwood superstar, Dane Swan will pull on

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Spotlight on AFLQ Umpires

To celebrate Community Umpiring Week, we’re recognising some of our superstar team in green! Here’s a bit on how they got involved, why they love it and advice for those wanting to give it a go. Profile #1: NAME: Ben Johnson. DISCIPLINE

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Who’s who of AFL Darling Downs have their say ahead of Season 2022

Click here for all AFL Darling Downs fixtures and ladders.  Goondiwindi Hawks Women’s Co-Captains: Shaye Easton and Phoebe Baskerville  “It’s really positive. We have a lot of fresh faces and a lot of players who are building on a couple

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AFL Darling Downs Allied Senior Men’s and Women’s 2022 fixtures announced

The fixtures for the AFL Darling Downs Allied Senior Men’s and Women’s seasons have been announced with Round One to kick off on April 23rd. The Toowoomba women’s team 2021 triumph over Goondiwindi totalled seven consecutive titles for the Tigers,

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AFLQ welcomes back Tackle Your Feelings program

For the second year running, AFL Queensland has partnered with the Tackle Your Feelings (TYF) program to make mental health training available to community coaches in 2022.  Tackle Your Feelings is a free mental health training program for community AFL

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Queensland football community celebrates International Women’s Day

Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. A world that’s diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women’s equality. Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias. Celebrate

Posted in AFL, AFLQ, Capricornia, Darling Downs, Featured News, Female, QAFLW, SEQ Community Football, Top news, Townsville, Umpires, Youth Girls

Community football welcomes golden opportunity

Every Australian woman, man, girl and boy who registers to play, coach, umpire, volunteer or administer community football has the opportunity to share in more than $370,000 prizes as part of an AFL push to get people back to their

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NQ vs. SQ Men’s Rep Clash Head Coaches Locked In

It’s been a five-year apprenticeship under one of the Masters of the North Queensland (NQ) vs. South Queensland (SQ) Intrastate Rep Program. 2022 will see Rory Lake, SQ Assistant Coach under Danny Craven for the past five years, take over

Posted in AFL, AFL cairns, AFLQ, Capricornia, Coaching, Darling Downs, Featured News, Mackay, QFA, Representative Football, SEQ Community Football, Talent, Top news, Wide Bay

NQ vs. SQ rivalry heats up with addition of Women’s Rep Clash in 2022

July 2nd, 2022, will mark an important milestone in the evolution of women’s football across Queensland with the playing of the first ever North Queensland vs. South Queensland women’s Intrastate Rep Clash. With women’s footy gaining year on year momentum,

Posted in AFL, AFL cairns, AFLQ, Capricornia, Darling Downs, Featured News, Mackay, QAFLW, QWFA, SEQ Community Football, Talent, Top news, Townsville, Wide Bay

Come join the AFL team in Queensland!

We’re looking for enthusiastic and passionate people to join our 2022 casual workforce. As an AFL Programs Facilitator, you’ll play a key role in helping grow footy participation in Queensland through the delivery of fun and engaging NAB AFL Auskick,

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AFL announces Women’s Coach Acceleration Program

The AFL is pleased to launch the Women’s Coach Acceleration Program to fast-track the development of women in coaching and assist in their progression to senior coaching roles across both AFL and AFLW programs. All AFL clubs can apply to be

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2022 Community Football Registrations Set to Open on December 1

PlayHQ is here! The transition to the new competition management platform was delayed until December 1st to ensure ample data had come across in to the new system, and to allow all of our fantastic club staff the opportunity to be

Posted in AFL, AFL cairns, AFLQ, Capricornia, Club Management, Darling Downs, Featured News, Junior & Youth, Mackay, QAFL, QAFLW, QFA, QWFA, SEQ Community Football, Top news, Townsville, Wide Bay

2022 AFLQ Schools Cup Nominations Open

Nominations to be part of the 2022 AFLQ Schools Cup are now open. More than 12,000 participants in 608 teams competed in 2021, making the competition its biggest year yet! Will your school be part of the action in 2022?

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AFL Queensland apparel suppliers

AFL Queensland has entered a two-year agreement with five apparel suppliers that will conclude 31st October, 2023. Information on the apparel suppliers can be found at; https://www.aflq.com.au/official-suppliers/ All license agreements are two years and clubs should not enter agreements with apparel suppliers

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Community footy to transition to all new registration and administrative platform

Community football across Australia will benefit from a new registration and administrative platform with leagues and clubs transitioning to PlayHQ for the 2022 season and beyond. PlayHQ puts end users – club administrators, participants and volunteers – first, after research

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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

Posted in AFL, AFL cairns, AFLQ, Capricornia, Darling Downs, Featured News, Female, Finals, Mackay, Mount Isa, Northern Rivers, SEQ Community Football, Top news, Townsville, Volunteers, Wide Bay

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

Posted in AFLQ, Darling Downs, Featured News, Junior & Youth, Northern Rivers, QAFLW, QFA, SEQ Community Football, Top news

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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