Is there a doctor on board?
When Jack Taylor got a cut to the head in the first half of Surfers Paradise’s reserves game, you would have thought a quick trip to the hospital would be needed. Enter, Doctor Dion Lewis. He stitched up Taylor in the rooms during the half time break. Sounds pretty normal in a football club right? Think again. When Doctor Lewis was finished, he ran back out with the Surfers Paradise team to finish the game he was playing in. Talk about never being off the clock.
Go on, son
Riley Easton may have looked a little bit like an Auskicker when he ran out for the Western Magpies seniors on Saturday, but he played like a veteran. The 16-year old, who would be lucky to weigh 55kg ringing wet, put his body on the line time and time again, and then was able to hurt the Hawks with his run and carry. When he got on the end of a goal in the third quarter, his teammates came from everywhere to get around him. He is going to be a star of the competition in the future.
Versatility the key for Dyso
Dyson Budarick put together his best game yet for the Queensland Under 18 State Academy in their win over the Calder Cannons on Saturday, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. The in and under midfielder won a heap of his own footy in tight, but became a huge factor when he went forward, finishing with three majors next to his name, with the highlight of the day coming with a left foot snap from the pocket in the last quarter. With the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships kicking off this weekend for Queensland boys, it’s a pretty handy time to be in form.
Big forwards can’t split Coorparoo and Yeronga
The QFA South competition is tight at the top, proven when Coorparoo and Yeronga, first vs. third, couldn’t be split on Saturday. The draw, which is the second in the QFA South in 2015, came despite a couple of big individual performances in front of the sticks. Chris Cant added another six to his tally for Coorparoo, while Jake Tomlinson kicked five at the other end for the Devils. You could make a case for any of the top five teams at the moment being able to win the flag.
QAFL Reserves dish up some thrillers
It’s not just the seniors putting on a show in the QAFL this year. Round 8 saw a couple of two point thrillers played out. Sandgate clung on against the Western Magpies, who threw everything but the kitchen sink at the Hawks in the last five minutes, and Palm Beach Currumbin held onto a two-point advantage over Surfers Paradise for over 10 minutes of football. The reserves are showing that it is well worth getting down to QAFL games early this year to have a look.
By Andrew Wiles – @andrewjwiles