The State’s best community footballers will be on show as part of a State Triple Header on Sunday June 8.
The headline match pits a Queensland Australian Football League (QAFL) side against the powerhouse Victorian Amateurs Football Association (VAFA).
The QAFL vs. VAFA match is part of a revamped state representative program that will see a triple header played at Brisbane’s new $14 million Moreton Bay Regional Sports Complex – AFL Precinct.
A South Queensland team – comprising players from the QFA, QAFA, Darling Downs and Wide Bay leagues – will take on the best North Queensland players from Cairns, Capricornia, Mackay, Mount Isa and Townsville, while a women’s All-Stars game will see the state’s best 44 players vying for a spot in the Queensland state squad.
AFL Queensland CEO Michael Conlan said the restructure of Queensland community football had provided the chance to reintroduce state representative matches.
“The reintroduction of the QAFL state league has elevated the level of competition in South East Queensland,” said Conlan.
“The VAFA was looking for an opportunity to play a strong competition and we thought putting our QAFL side up against the big V would provide the perfect platform to showcase and test our best state level footballers.”
“The Q has a strong emotional tie for Queenslanders and we know that the QAFL will wear it with respect, pride and courage.”
Conlan said the revised state program would also provide an opportunity for regional players.
“The new structure has enabled us to reignite old regional rivalries and we’ve had overwhelming support for the South Queensland vs. North Queensland match,” he said.
“With the women’s all-star match closing out the day, Queensland fans are in for a terrific AFL event.”
State Triple Header
Sunday June 8
Moreton Bay Regional Sports Complex – AFL Precinct
11:30am South Queensland vs. North Queensland
2:00pm QAFL v VAFA
4:45pm Women’s All-Star match