Aspley Hornets and Redland-Victoria Point Battle for State Glory
Coorparoo’s Giffin Park to host 2023 QAFL Grand Final this Saturday
The Aspley Hornets will be aiming for back-to-back premierships while Redland-Victoria Point Sharks will be hunting their maiden premiership at this Saturday 16th September’s QAFL Grand Final at Giffin Park, Coorparoo.
Aspley claimed the minor premiership after being dominant all season, while the Sharks defeated Wilston Grange Gorillas in the preliminary final to secure their spot in the biggest game of the year.
Aspley’s Co-Captain Brandon Batchelor said the team were focused on the Grand Final after earning the week off.
“The week off is always good because it means you’re through, which is a good thing but we’ve always been pretty tough on the boys in saying that it’s not a time to rest, it’s time to get us ready to play in a big game,” he said.
Redland-Victoria Point have met Aspley three times this year and has not registered a win, but Co-Captain Mitchell Stallard believes they can get the job done on the most important day.
“Team footy is going to win it and that’s probably why they are the benchmark of the competition as they are a great team and they all work together,” he said.
“One-on-one in the midfield and forward will be our areas to shut them down.”
After becoming only the thirteenth man in Queensland football history to kick more than 100 goals in a season, Redland Victoria Point’s Matt Hamemlmann will be a player to watch. He booted seven goals last week to secure the Sharks’ spot in the Grand Final.
“He’s been the number one target for all defenders all year. As big a feat as 100 goals is, it also brings on a lot of attention. I think this is a good opportunity for our other tall and short forwards to shine,” Stallard said.
Head of AFL Queensland Trisha Squires said Saturday’s QAFL Grand Final Day will be a terrific display of the talent on offer in Queensland.
“As Queensland’s premier football league, our QAFL competition for season 2023 was full of tight contests and hotly contested match ups, and the Grand Finals will be no different,” she said.
“With AFL Finals Fever officially hitting Brisbane, we encourage all the footy fans to come down to Giffin Park to watch Queensland’s best players go to head-to-head.”
All three QAFL Grand Final matches will be livestreamed on the official AFL Queensland YouTube.
QAFL GRAND FINAL DAY DETAILS:
Date: Saturday 16 September
Venue: Giffin Park, Birubi St, Coorparoo
Schedule of Games:
9am: Colts – Maroochydore v Palm Beach Currumbin
11:45am: Reserves – Broadbeach v Aspley
2:30pm: Seniors – Aspley v Redland-Victoria Point
Andrew Martyn will present the Joe Grant Medal for Best on Ground. Andrew was awarded the medal 35 years ago while representing Windsor-Zillmere in the 1988 QAFL Grand Final
Admission: $10 for adults, $8 for concession.
Gates open at 7:30am.
Parking: via Birubi St until full. Alternate parking via Cavendish Rd and into the school.
Food & Beverage: full food & beverage options available. **Alcohol strictly prohibited at entry. Giffin Park is a licensed venue and all alcohol must be purchased from inside the venue**
Other Activities: kids zone + Grand Final sprint
Media are welcome to attend.