By Beth Newman
1. Clock is ticking on casualties
Injuries have hit a number of QAFL teams hard and that played a factor on the weekend, both pre-game and during matches. A clean bill of health is the hardest thing to control in footy, so the teams with the best contingency plans will come to the fore. Whether it be playing kids or utilising the availability of NEAFL-listed draftees, every team is being asked to cover some cracks. With nine weeks to go, timing is everything.
2. Vultures’ hit flight at the right time
They were inconsistent at the start of the season, but the Vultures have really built into the season, jumping to a favourable win-loss record and into finals contention. Missing a couple of key players and with Adam Boon called up to the Redland side on the weekend, the Vultures showed a glimpse of their depth in their upset win.
3. Panthers complete the package
They already had the best offensive record, but their win over the Magpies saw them become the stingiest team in the competition. Labrador is hot on their heels, having conceded only four more points over the season. An ability to restrict points is just as valuable as piling on the score for your team, not to mention some important percentage points.
4. Andrews breaks through in Gorillas’ drought-break
Wilston Grange’s Harris Andrews has been in strong form this season, but last weekend was his best performance of the year. The 18 year-old kicked five goals, four in the second half and had plenty more opportunities. He presented really well and was the side’s focal point in attack. The only downside for the Gorillas is they won’t see Andrews for a couple of weeks, with his state U18 duties.
5. Anyone, any day, anywhere
Every team has officially played each other now, but last weekend proved there are still a few surprises. Mt Gravatt pulled off the biggest upset of the weekend, but almost every match was close. Halfway through and only two wins separates third and seventh, and there is still a lot of unpredictability about the competition.