Doing it on all stages
Ben Keays and Eric Hipwood did their draft chances no harm on the weekend in the NEAFL Lions and SUNS game. Keays was named best on ground after his 33 disposals, and seven clearances, supported well by Hipwood up forward who booted three majors. Academy bidding will be very interesting come end of year, the Lions have got a couple of gems right under their nose.
Morningside can throw a party
They might not have got the result they wanted on Saturday, but Morningside gave Kent Abey the utmost respect in his 250th game. Whether it was the banner, the scattered mock up newspaper front pages, the writing on the walls, or being chaired off after the game, it was clear how much importance was place on the achievement by the club as a whole.
Cooly plays an import…kinda
They say that the spatial awareness you develop playing basketball helps a midfielder in traffic. Look at Pendlebury for example, the game pretty much slows down around him. Last weekend in the QWAFL, Kristy Wallace put that theory to the test. Wallace, a member of the under 19 Australian Basketball side, threw on the boots again for Coolangatta-Tweed, alongside her sister Nikki. Kristy played in Queensland’s 2011 Youth Girls Team, but has more recently spent time in the US playing college basketball. From all reports, she hasn’t lost it.
Another day, another bag
The talk around the AFL is that gone are the days of a big full forward taking a game by the scruff of the neck and kicking a bag. Clearly none of these people have seen Mayne play this year. Luke Faulkner kicked another 11 snags on Saturday against Nambour and Hinterland. That’s the third time this year he has booted double figure goals, taking his season tally to 67. Fair effort.
The AFL celebrated multicultural round on the weekend, and so did community football. AFL Queensland hosted the World Fiesta on Friday night at Yeronga, which included samba dancers, Japanese drummers, food stalls featuring cuisines from all around the world, and the Yeronga vs. Springwood QFA South game. It was a fantastic night all round celebrating the different cultures that make our great game, but the highlight for me no doubt was the potato spiral on a stick that I ate, actually, inhaled.
By Andrew Wiles – @andrewjwiles