Comp Close Up: QFAW Division 1 – Seniors

QFAW Division 1 Seniors

Each week AFL Queensland will be sharing insights into a Queensland competition as the finals series inches closer. 

Season in one word: Fierce

For the first time in the QFAW Division 1’s history, all teams started the year with a reserves team, which strengthened the competition, as teams had the luxury of more players and depth to choose from.

There was a real focus on individual players’ performances this year, thanks to the introduction of the first women’s North Queensland v South Queensland Intrastate Clash. Players from this competition were selected to represent South Queensland in July. Despite losing the match, players impressed on field with Surfers Paradise’s Jessica Watts rewarded with a train-on spot with the Gold Coast SUNS for her performance.  

Moreton Bay currently lead the ladder with eight wins, but really the premiership is anyone’s to grab. The Lions are only one game ahead from Surfers Paradise, Morningside, and Sherwood.  Eight teams are currently in contention to make the Top 6 Finals Series. With finals only four games away, each win or loss will see movements on the ladder.


1 Moreton Bay QFAW Div 1 Seniors
2 Surfers Paradise QFAW Div 1 Seniors
3 Morningside QFAW Div 1 Seniors
4 Sherwood QFAW Div 1 Seniors
5 Broadbeach QFAW Div 1 Seniors
6 Robina QFAW Division 1 Seniors
7 Redcliffe QFAW Div 1 Seniors
8 Burleigh QFAW Div 1 Seniors
9 Coolangatta QFAW Div 1 Seniors
10 Kedron QFAW Div 1 Seniors
11 Mt Gravatt QFAW Div 1 Seniors

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Team Summary: 

Burleigh have had a challenging season, being hit by injuries and illness. Despite the setbacks, they remain competitive, hearty, and strong week to week. They will have some tough opponents to finish the year off but will endeavour to play their fest footy. 

Broadbeachhad a slow start to the season, however, have been chipping away to secure their spot in the top 6. They have a tough ride home but will put in a good fight to make finals. .

Moreton Bay are the silent achievers in 2022, currently sitting first on the ladder. However, they can’t afford to get too comfortable in top spot as they have some tough battles ahead before finals.

Surfers Paradise  came into 2022 with vengeance, after losing the Grand Final in 2021. Currently sitting second on the ladder, Surfers Paradise continues to prove their depth and talent throughout the season. Special mention goes to Jessica Watts, Melita Watts and Jakaya Lam who were all selected to represent SQ in the inaugural NQ v SQ representative match. Jessica has now earned a train-on spot with the Gold Coast SUNS for her performance at the intra-state game.

Kedron – Although it has been a difficult year, Kedron continue to drive towards consistency in their games to ensure they are putting in their best effort against all opposition.

Coolangatta have been struck by injury but continue to fight with a promising bunch of young players benefitting from senior football.

Robina currently sitting in 6th place, Robina continue to play great football and will strive to make finals. .

Redcliffe are sitting 7th on the ladder and are chasing for a position in the finals. They have been competitive all season but it is integral they win the next few games to secure a finals berth. .

Mt Gravatt have had a trying year, though continue to improve as they head into the latter of the season.

Sherwood have looked right at home in Division 1 this year, after being elevated last season. They will be an underdog heading into finals.   

Morningside have been consistent all year. They continue to be dominant and fit towards the football as they head towards finals. They have great depth throughout their local talent and will be a force as they stand sturdy in 3rd position heading into finals.

Where to from here? 

There are four rounds left of the regular season before a Top 6 Finals Series commences on Saturday 20 August. The Grand Final will take place on Saturday 3 September. 

In the mix for Best and Fairest: 

Coolangatta – Brianna Blake 

Burleigh – Torie Cini 

Broadbeach – Holly Thompson 

Moreton Bay – Jess Davy 

Surfers Paradise – Jessica Watts

Kedron – Kasey Holleran 

Robina – Kaylee Richards

Redcliffe – Michaela Havig

Mt Gravatt – Renee Strachan 

Sherwood – Samara Mahoney 

Morningside – Summer Pearce 

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