By Beth Newman
1. Comebacks could be game changers
There could be some big inclusions in a few QAFL sides in the next few weeks. Sandgate’s Ben Conway has impressed in the reserves, as he returns from an ACL injury, while Labrador’s Michael Gugliotta snagged five in their twos last weekend. Palm Beach will have Jackson Emblem back in their side on Saturday too. We’ve already seen the difference an injection of one or two players can make to a side and with more depth to draw on, the competition will likely look a bit different as the year goes on.
2. Logan lost in big name side
Morningside have plenty of stars, but one player who floats under the radar is Matt Logan. Averaging almost a goal a game, the half-forward consistently produces a strong effort each week. While he might not grab the spotlight, he has been a key member of the team early, and his contribution is surely valued by his teammates.
3. Vultures are circling
They’ve been inconsistent to start the season but their surprise win over Wilston Grange keeps Mt Gravatt in touch with the top five. The Vultures are improving each week and if they keep on this trajectory, their could be a few nervous opposition sides in coming weeks. With games against Sandgate, Palm Beach, Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise to come, the next four weeks will be telling.
4. Put it to the mettle
Two sides with contrasting records have one major thing in common. Broadbeach (6-1) and Sandgate (1-6) have proven their character this season. The Cats in particular have shown their coolness under pressure and once again won the crucial moments. For the Hawks, a 15-point loss to Palm Beach hurt, but the fact they managed a one-point half time lead and stayed so close is a major positive. It’s a matter of time before they snatch an upset win.
5. QAFL showcases rising stars
Fifteen of Queensland’s state U18 representatives were out in the QAFL last weekend. With only one NEAFL football and no state U18 match, the state’s rising stars had the chance to play some senior footy and the benefits were obvious. Cassidy Haberfield was best on for Surfers Paradise, while Nick Jackson booted five for Sandgate and Matt Uebergang was again a standout for the Western Magpies. The chance to play senior football is something not many U18 prospects have and the QAFL is proving a great way for these kids to have that chance.