We are in the home stretch of the QWAFA season, so we thought it would be a good time to have a look and how each team is tracking, and what the run home looks like.
While each team runs out each week wanting to win, that’s not what this competition is about. The aim is to provide players with a taste for the game, to build a footballing skillset, and to be able to go out there and have a bit of fun.
Teams still battle it out for four-points each game, so here is a club-by-club look and what’s happened so far, and what might happen next.
Eight wins, one loss, it’s all coming up Lions at the moment. They were undefeated after the first five games of the year against each club, with Burleigh getting the closest at 11-points. Their one and only loss came in round 6, when Zillmere evened the head to head ledger with a 34-point win. They went on to win the next three games to sit two games clear at the top of the table.
They face Zillmere this weekend, and will be very keen to go one up in the head to head battle. They face Burleigh twice in the run home, and although they haven’t won a game, really pushed Moreton Bay last time, so it won’t be one they take lightly.
Monique Lepri has booted 34 goals to date, having a stellar year.
6-3, tied on points with Jindalee, but by no means out of the minor premiership race. The Eagles have been strong this year. It was a tough start, with a first up loss to Moreton Bay, but backed up by winning the next five. Jindalee got them in round 8, but they made it one all with Moreton Bay in round 6. Their biggest asset is their ability to kick big scores this year.
It’s a huge game this weekend against Moreton Bay. If they want to finish on top, they have to win it. Bond University in round 14 shapes up to be a huge one that will have major implications on ladder position. UQ in the last round means their fate will be in their own hands leading into the business end.
The load has been pretty spread out for the Eagles this year. Whitehead leads the goal kicking with 12, but you could throw a blanket over about four players who have been their best this year.
Solid win in round one, but it certainly didn’t go to plan in round 2 with a huge loss to Moreton Bay. To their credit, they responded in the best way possible by beating Burleigh the following week. Their next loss came at the hands of Moreton Bay, but by just 17-points, showing how even this competition is. They dropped a game last start against UQ that they wouldn’t have been happy about.
Bond will look to make a mends of that loss this weekend when they take on Jindalee, in what shapes up to be a very big game. Last time these two teams met there was just nine-points in it. Zillmere twice in the run home will be tough, but if they can pinch one of them it’s game on in 2015.
Alexandra Hamlyn has been very good this year, kicking 15 goals and getting a heap of the footy.
Loss win loss win loss, that’s how the first five weeks went for the Jags. They lost to the three teams above them, and beat the two teams below them, so you could argue that where they currently sit is a true reflection of their year to date. Their best performance came in round 8 when they comfortably beat Zillmere away from home, their first scalp of the year.
They have got Bond away this weekend, which will be tough, but if they can get up, it brings them right back into the hunt this year. With just eight-points separating the two for the year, and with Jindalee having a better percentage, it’s a crucial game. UQ and Burleigh in the last two games gives them a good opportunity to finish the year on a positive note.
Sherie Sayle has been the go to option up forward this year with 26 to her name, and Kate Williams has been excellent in nearly every game.
The season started on the right foot with UQ getting over the top of Burleigh in a tight one. They lost the next four to the remaining teams in the competition, but got their second win over Burleigh in round 6. They turned the tables on Bond last start, getting over the line by seven-points.
They come up against Burleigh again this week, so will hope to make it win number four. If they do so, and can beat Jindalee in round 14, they are more than a chance to leapfrog them on the ladder into forth.
Sophie Currey has been one of UQ’s best this year, named in the best four times from eight games.
It’s been a tough year for Burleigh, but the bright side is they have been in most games that they have played this year. They got within 13-points of UQ in round 1, and nearly caused the boil over of the year when they came within 11-points of beating ladder leaders Moreton Bay.
Their best shot at getting that first win will come against UQ this weekend. They face Moreton Bay twice in the run home, but if they play as well as they did last time they came up against each other, a win is definitely not out of the question.
Molly Kenwood has been a standout this year, getting a heap of the footy, and averaging near on a goal a game to go with it.
By Andrew Wiles – @andrewjwiles