With only two rounds to go until the highly anticipated Bond University QAFLW final series kicks off, here’s a look at the top five teams vying for Premiership contention.
- Bond University (W – 12 L – 0, 316%, 48-points)
Bond University have capped off a stellar season so far in 2021; undefeated and securing the Minor Premiership for the third year in a row. But its a story we’ve all seen before – and begs the question; is the Minor Premiership a curse for the Bullsharks?
After two failed attempts at finals in 2019 and 2020 (against Coorparoo and Yeronga South Brisbane) we’re expecting a hungrier than ever Bond outfit to come out firing in their quest for a QAFLW premiership. They’ve got two tough games on their road to finals; in the next two weeks they play third place – Maroochydore and second place – University of Queensland; a great opportunity for them to get ready for their home Semi-Final against whoever finishes in second place.
- University of Queensland (W- 8 L – 4, 189%, 32-points)
UQ haven’t played finals since 2018 and they’re only one win away from securing a spot in this year’s final series and they’re in the box seat to finish second. The team who’s in the best position to overtake them is Maroochydore who knocked the Red lions’ out last year. Both clubs sit on 32-points each, with UQ having an 11% superior percentage. So, these next two weeks are huge for UQ. They play Aspley at home and then travel to the Gold Coast to play Bond Uni in the final round, which could end up being a Grand Final preview.
- Maroochydore (W – 8 L – 4, 178%, 32-points)
With second spot on the line, Maroochydore play the exact same opposition as UQ in the next two weeks. So, if they are to overtake UQ they need to win both games and overcome the 11% gap. Maroochydore play Bond at home this week, where they have won all but one of their games. Ironically, the game they lost was against UQ. Maroochydore will then travel to Brisbane to take on Aspley in Round 14.
- Coorparoo (W – 7 L – 5, 119%, 28-points)
Coorparoo have a big two weeks ahead of them as they try to secure their fifth final series in a row. They play 7th placed Coolangatta this week, and then have a huge match against their local rivals Yeronga South Brisbane in the final round for a potential early elimination final. Coorparoo are still a mathematical chance to finish second, if they win big and results go their way.
- Yeronga (W – 6 L – 5, 125%, 24-points)
Last year’s Premiers are on the brink of missing out on finals. However, write them off at your peril, as the Devils were able to win the Premiership last year after finishing fourth in the home-and-away season. They play last-placed Wilston Grange this week and then take on Coorparoo. Yeronga will fancy their chances as they beat them earlier this year in Round 7 by 13-points. Yeronga South Brisbane has a higher percentage than Coorparoo, so if they do win their last two games, they should overtake the Kings. If the Devils finish fourth, they’ll play third-place in the first week of finals.