The inaugural Queensland Wheelchair Football League Premiership will be decided this Sunday, when Morningside Panthers and Redcliffe Tigers do battle at Nissan Arena at 12:30pm.
Four foundation clubs including Ormeau Bulldogs, Beenleigh Buffaloes, Morningside Panthers, and Redcliffe Tigers played in a six game season, which launched in June this year.
Morningside Panthers remain undefeated as they head into the Grand Final and Captain Michael Dobbie-Bridges is quietly confident they will clinch the silverware.
“It’s been really exciting to finish on top of the ladder,” he said.
“Redcliffe match up well against us but I think if we play the way we’ve been playing all year we can get the job done.”
Michael said the inaugural competition has been a positive experience for the players and club.
“Morningside have been incredible, and we have felt integrated and part of the club,” he said.
“The inaugural year has been a wonderful experience for all of the players and we look forward to watching the growth of the competition.”
Redcliffe Captain Stephen French said his team are in excellent form heading into the Grand Final, having played their best game last week against the Beenleigh Bulldogs.
“It was a gritty win over the Bulldogs and I’m confident our team will give the best we can and try our hearts out this Sunday,” he said.
Stephen, who has played Wheelchair AFL for the past two years said the alignment with the local football clubs has made a huge difference.
“Redcliffe has well and truly taken to us and it’s a huge leap forward for our sport,” he said.
“Most of our team are in their rookie season and they have all taken to the sport so well.
“I’d like to make a special shout out to Andrew Grant, who has a serious back condition.
“He is the soul of our team with a heart as big as Phar Lap and he just gets out there and gets his job done.
“He is phenomenal.”
AFL Queensland will be streaming Sunday’s game via the AFLQ YouTube Channel. Spectators are also encouraged to head to Nissan Arena to watch the action.
About AFL Wheelchair in Queensland
AFL Wheelchair is five-a-side game played on a basketball court. A kick is a handball, and a handball is an underarm throw. From the inaugural season, players can be drafted to the Brisbane Lions and Gold Coast SUNS teams for the two-game QClash series before State selection and Nationals in November.
AFL Queensland would like to thank Pathways to Care for their support as Inclusion Partner.