Tuesday Talking Points

Broadbeach Women’s Team

The wheels are more than in motion down the highway for Broadbeach’s 2016 women’s team. Senior men’s player Jarryd Klessens and Gary Goodman will team up to coach the team, who will debut in either the QWAFL or QWAFA next year.

“When the Broadbeach Cats came to me with the idea of putting in a women’s team, I was really excited, it’s a great club and bringing a women’s team in is only going to strengthen the culture at the club,” Klessens said.

“I know we will be able to put decent side together to play in the QWAFA but hopefully we can recruit enough girls with experience to potentially play in the QWAFL, I think that a second team on the Gold Coast in the premier women’s comp can only grow the talent pool and at the end of the day that’s what really matters.”


Perry Meka now from Tigerland

Just days after it was announced the Steve Daniel has taken the reigns of the Gold Coast SUNS NEAFL team for 2016, Labrador haven’t wasted any time appointing the man they hope will take them to back to back flags. Victorian country footy legend Perry Meka, the man who booted over 2500 goals across his playing days, will lead the charge down at Cooke-Murphy Oval from the start of pre-season.


Rob Dickfos to go again

After a first year in the job where Rob Dickfos dragged the Moreton Bay Lions off the bottom of the ladder into fifth, he has been re-appointed as senior coach for 2016. The improvement off the Lions under Dickfos was obvious, and with a young group about to put another pre-season under their belts, they could be a real finals contender next year.


Brett Andrews at the helm for his first pre-season.

After taking over as coach of the Broadbeach QAFL team half way through the year, and then leading the Cats to a finals series, Brett Andrews will have his first crack at leading the club from round 1, after being re-appointed as senior coach for 2016. The Cats were the big movers in the second half of the year this year, so it will be very interesting to watch how BA molds them over summer.


Sauce and Spida strut their stuff

At the Byron 9s Invitational on the weekend, Brisbane Lions’ Daniel Merrett and AFL legend Spida Everitt captained a team each in the all-star game, which took place before the grand finals. Sauce set up his usual role down back, while Spida took charge in the ruck. You couldn’t wipe the smile off the two guys faces, or any of their team mates picked from teams playing across the competition.


UQ Scholarships are open

If you’re studying, or thinking about studying at UQ in 2016, and want to still have a kick of the Sherrin on a weekend, I suggest you look into the UQ Sports Achievement Scholarships. Who wouldn’t want to work towards a career, play for the Red Lions and receive some financial assistance all at the same time. Better make it quick though, applications close on October 31. More info HERE

By Andrew Wiles@andrewjwiles

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