QAFL Reserves: Elimination Final Preview

Submitted by Chris Yeend. 

Season to date
Broadbeach has had a stellar season, finishing in third position. It has the second best backline in the competition; and overall, the best depth. The fact that so many of its players have Senior football experience is a testament to the talent across the two Senior teams that have been very successful. Its Round 20 win over Aspley was massive and gives this group loads of confidence to not only win today but challenge for the title.

PBC had to wait until the death-knock to confirm its place in the finals with Maroochydore beating RVP by 11-goals to edge them into the finals on percentage after a two-point loss to Wilston Grange. PBC has toiled hard all season in a combative 2022 home and away fixture that had one win separate sixth from ninth. PBC has its chance and must make the most of it.

Player to watch
Broadbeach – Oscar McKinley – comes into this game on the back of 10 goals in the thumping win over reigning Grand Finalists Morningside last week. No player in the competition up forward can come into a final running as hot as that. Has 45 goals to his name and a further six in the Seniors. Has kicked just one goal against PBC this year; the Round 15 3-point win. He will be hard to stop up forward.
Palm Beach Currumbin – Jordan Gribble – a product of the Colts system, Jordan has been a key across most matches this season and has found the goals on 15 occasions. He has spent some time playing Senior football which shows he has good credentials behind him. He’ll be a key in this game.

Who will win and why
Broadbeach has been one of the teams to beat all season and with its slick run through the midfield, makes it tough to stop.

Season to date
Only percentage separated the pair for much of the season where both won 11 games from 18 matches.

Wilston Grange has the better attack of the pair at an average of 11 goals per game while Maroochydore has the best defense of the pair conceding 52 points per game.

Wilston Grange won the first meeting between the pair by 10 points on the road; Maroochydore won the second meeting between the pair by eight-points, on the road. Wilston Grange lead the aggregate by two-points; but only needs to win by one to advance through to the next stage of the finals.

Player to watch
Wilston Grange – Oscar Stewart – it hasn’t been the best of seasons for this talented young player but he is loaded with potential. Has played a lot of Senior football this year and is a key across half forward. A greater runner and kick, this is the sort of contest he’ll thrive off especially given his form in front of goals in recent weeks.

Maroochydore – Hayden Smoothy – smooth by name and nature; has been a key forward for the Roos this season. He has kicked 34 goals for the season but most importantly; nine in the past two weeks which gives him valuable form.

Who will win and why
This will be the pick of the games across the entire competition. Picking a winner here is like a parent picking their favourite child. It’s too tough to call. Wilston Grange by less than a kick. The two have been inseparable all season, so a close result is needed.  

Picture by High Flyer Images. 

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