Big weekend for QAFL forwards
Some of the premier forwards in the QAFL had a day out on the weekend. Rhys Estall booted 10, which included five last quarter goals, in Mt Gravatt’s big win over UQ, Josh Baxter continued his good form when Labrador are missing Fraser and Lappin, finishing with eight, and Danny Green slotted into the Surfers Paradise full forward hole left with the absence of Trent McIntyre with ease, kicking seven. Those boys are hard to stop when they are on.
Where do you play him?
It’s the question Adrian Fletcher is asking himself every time Eric Hipwood runs out for Queensland, and it’s a good problem to have. Hipwood started down back in their game against Tasmania, where he played most of the day against NT the week before, and was playing well. At quarter time, the move was made, Hipwood started in the forward line in the second quarter, and the rest is history.
To kick four in a national championship game is big, to do it in a quarter is huge. It now begs the question though, where do you start him for this Thursday’s game against NSW/ACT?
Tackle city for Wenham
If your looking for a standout performer from the Western Magpies’ win over Morningside on the weekend, look no further than Richard Wenham. The Magpies were harder at the football all day on Saturday, epitomised by Wenham’s stats. He finished with 20 tackles for the day, nearly a third of the total tackles laid by the team. He set the tone all day.
Battle of the North
There may be only seven teams in the QFA North competition, but boy is it a wide-open race, Caloundra’s win over Maroochydore on the weekend proves that. Last time these two teams played, the Roos dismantled the Panthers to the tune of 114-points, but this time, fresh of the bye, Caloundra caused what many would call the upset of the year. Did 2015 just become a four horse race?
Silverware for Griffith Moorooka
On Saturday down at the chook pen, Griffith Moorooka took on Park Ridge in their annual battle for the Doug Absolom Cup, and the Reds got the job done in emphatic style. Ashley Templar and Josh Simpson lead the way with four goals each, and when the final siren rang, Griffith were 92-points up, and got their hands on some mid year silverware.
By Andrew Wiles – @andrewjwiles