Red Lionesses make opening statement

The University of Queensland made an immediate statement on the QWAFL competition, with a first-up 8.8 (56) – 4.4 (28) win over Coolangatta.

In only their second season, the Red Lionesses showed their immense improvement in the opening match.

Townsville recruit, Bre Koenen, slotted three goals for the UQ side in the win, proving to be a sensational pick up for the developing side.

UQ’s defence was solid all day, keeping the Bluebirds to goalless until three-quarter time, before a four-goal final term gave the home side a positive finish.

Ebony Zuber was let off the leash in that last quarter, kicking three of her team’s four majors, while Naomi Simpson was the best for her side.

 Coorparoo claimed the grand final rematch against Yeronga, 5.4 (34) – 2.3 (15)m picking up where they left off in 2013.

Emma Zielke showed her class on the day, best on ground, leading her side with a dominant showing, while rising star, Maddie Protheroe, kicked two for the Navy Roos.

It was a tight affair all day, with Coorparoo holding an 11-point lead at the major break, with a two goal to one third term sealing the win, before a scoreless final quarter.

Zillmere got their QWAFL season off to the perfect start with a 20.10 (130) – 0.0 (0) win  over Griffith Moorooka.

Monica Allen had a day out in the Eagles’ forward line, bagging seven – one of eight individual goal kickers for the side.

Yolanda Jones was a stand out for the Eagles along with Ashleigh Hales, while Jemma Laurie was impressive for the Reds.

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