Tuesday Talking Points

Clubs pay tribute

It was a tough weekend for the footy community as a whole with the passing of Phil Walsh, and Queensland community clubs did their best to pay respect. A minute silence, black armbands, and even a gathering of both teams after the final siren were seen throughout the competitions. It’s tough times like these that the footy world comes together as one, easily one of the best parts of our great game.

circleABOVE: Morningside and Wilston Grange come together for a moment of silence after their game

Fair debut

First game of senior footy, first goal of the game, and a five goal haul. Not bad for a 17-year-old. Lenny Christie didn’t just debut for Wilston Grange on Saturday; he took the game by the scruff of the neck. He read the ball well, was explosive of the mark, and was hard to beat in the air. Expect to see a lot more of this kid for the rest of the year. I think the Gorillas have found the perfect foil for Declan Bevan.

Durable ton

The Woodsmen Football Club is only 104 games old, so for Kieran Verma to have played his 100th game for the club on Friday night is a testament to his durability. Over six and a half seasons, not only has he missed just the four games, but can regularly be seen backing up on a Saturday morning for the Western Magpies reserves. When most people are in the water at the beach soothing the aches and pains of a game the night before, he is often getting strapped up and running out on the field again.

Why don’t we have both?

President or superstar key forward? Aaron Widt spends his week making the decisions around the Sandgate footy club, but when it comes to Friday night, he focus shifts to kicking snags. The President booted 13 on Friday night in Sandgate’s QAFA (B) Central game against the Ipswich Cats, but don’t think that was a one off performance. It ticked his season tally up to 67 from 10 games. I think they call that leading from the front in both areas.


Broadbeach and Labrador square off in the colts, reserves and seniors this Saturday in a triple-header, but it’s also a big night for each club. Both will host their annual balls down on the coast. Broadbeach have struggled in the past on the day of the ball, whereas Labrador has a nice win loss record before they all suit up. The question Labrador Football Operations Manager Jarrod Field wants answered is, “which club has the bigger balls?”

Ladies day at Grange

Saturday was not only a big day for Wilston Grange on the field, but off it as well. They hosted their annual ladies day function, and it’s fair to say it was a sell out. The clubrooms were packed with some very interested onlookers as the Gorillas got the job done over Morningside. They are one of many community clubs who celebrate women in football, and do it well.

By Andrew Wiles – @andrewjwiles

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