The Queensland Under-18 Scorpions were taught a lesson in teamwork, precision and efficiency by a well-drilled Calder Cannons side on Saturday, going down 21.15.141 – 4.10.34.
The Cannons’ familiarity with one another, having played a full-pre-season and the first six rounds of the TAC Cup together, showed from the first bounce, as the Victorians jumped out to a 26-0 lead.
A 13 goals to two second half destroyed any potential Queensland comeback, with the final result a major wake-up call for the Scorpion camp, who were relatively optimistic in the lead-up to the match.
Queensland coach, Ray Windsor, will be looking for a major improvement, particularly in the area of contested football, from the Queensland side ahead of this weekend’s clash with the Under-25 North Queensland side in Townsville.
The Scorpions will travel to Townsville on Thursday May 9 for a team camp, before the match on Saturday May 11.
Saturday’s match will be the first involving a senior North Queensland side and an important stepping stone towards the establishment of a North Queensland NEAFL side.
Calder Cannons 4-5 8-11 13-13 21-15-141
Queensland 1-2 2-5 2-8 4-10-34
Goals : Jono Freeman 3 Matthew Hammelmann 1
Best : Archie Smith, Aden Rutledge, Lewis Radford, Jack Taylor, Jono Freeman