Triple header to decide first Uni Cup

A new rivalry will be ignited this weekend, with a triple-header between Griffith Moorooka and the University of Queensland.

The two teams will face off in QWAFL on Saturday morning, before their QAFA (A) sides do battle, with the winner of the most matches claiming the inaugural University Cup.

Both clubs have seen a similar progression in recent years, with the establishment of women’s teams and the rapid improvement of their QAFA sides, with both becoming contenders this season.

UQ player and women’s coach, Michael Swann, said the day would hopefully kick start a long tradition between the two clubs.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to foster friendly competition between the clubs,” he said.

“Both university clubs have worked hard to generate a great camaraderie between the men’s and women’s programs and this cup provides a way to recognise that.”

The two clubs have worked together to establish the initial day, with coaching staff to award a best on ground for each match as well.

UQ vice-president, Peter Rosengren, is hopeful the event will include a post-match function, to help increase the ties between both clubs, as the concept grows.

The QAFA (A) match will be a crucial one, with the second and fourth-placed sides facing off, Griffith two games ahead of UQ.

Both sides will be looking to cement their finals spots, an idea that is a far cry from their lean 2013 seasons.

The QWAFL match will kick off the proceedings, with a match which is expected to be competitive.

UQ and Griffith Moorooka have fought out some good battles in the Women’s League, including a thrilling elimination final last year, which went the way of Griffith.

Saturday will be the first QWAFL match between the two sides, who haven’t faced off since the pre-season.

QWAFL starts at 9:45am, with thw QAFA (A) Reserves at 11:30 and the seniors at 2pm on Saturday at Alexander Park, Moorooka.

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