AFL Queensland today released the 2014 Queensland Australian Football League (QAFL) draw, marking the first season of the restructured competition
The season will commence on April 5, with the final home and away round to be played on August 23. The 2014 season will consist of 18 rounds played over 21 weeks with each club playing18 matches.
Highlights of the draw include a number of QAFL matches alongside North East Australian Football League (NEAFL) matches, the introduction of three field umpires and a state representative match between the QAFL and Victorian Amateur Football Association (VAFA) to be played in June.
The QAFL will include ten clubs: Morningside, Mt Gravatt, Broadbeach, Labrador, University of Queensland Red Lions, Sandgate, Wilston Grange, Western Magpies, Palm Beach and Surfers Paradise.
AFL Queensland Football Operations Manager Craig Millar said the revised competition was a step forward for Queensland football and would provide new opportunities for clubs, players and fans.
“The restructuring of the NEAFL gave us the opportunity to reform the QAFL as Queensland’s premier competition,” said Millar.
“The new competition will see higher standards both on and off the field and will renew a number of old on-field rivalries including Wilston Grange and Morningside, and Palm Beach Currumbin and the Broadbeach Cats.
“Some QAFL games will be played as curtain raisers to NEAFL games and vice versa, while the QAFL vs. VAFA state match in June will provide the best Queensland players an opportunity to compete against one of the strongest competitions in the country.
“We are also excited to announce that the Grogan Medal – awarded to the state’s top player – will revert from the NEAFL back to the QAFL.”
2014 Season at a glance:
• Queensland’s premier football competition
• Revised 10 club competition
• 21 weeks, 18 rounds and 18 matches per club
• Seasons starts on Saturday April 5
• A top five finals system
• State match QAFL vs. QAFA in June
• The Grogan Medal will once again be awarded to the QAFL‘s best and fairest player
90 home and away matches, plus 6 finals. This includes:
• Some QAFL matches to be played as curtain raisers to NEAFL matches
• Some NEAFL matches to be played as curtain raisers to QAFL matches
• Last home and away round on August 23
• Grand Final on Saturday September 20
2014 QAFL TEAMS
University of Queensland Red Lions
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Draws for lower divisions will be released in due course.