Tuesday Talking Points

Mother’s Day messages

Bond University played out a Mother’s Day thriller against Yeronga at home on Sunday, but it was what they did during the week that would have meant the most to their families. They shared a series of heartfelt messages from the players to their mums on their Facebook page in the lead up to the day. Check out just one of the many below… and maybe have the tissues on standby. Well played, boys.

Dearest Mum,

Just wanted to say thank you for everything you’ve done. Your hard work, dedication and unconditional love does not go unheard.

Your morals, love and companionship have shaped who we are, and I have you to thank for the person I am today.

You’re a loving mum, you’re a caring teacher, you’re a warm friend and you’re a beautiful wife. You are an inspiration.

You’re the best mum, and you’re my mum. How lucky am I. Happy Mother’s Day Mum – I love you xx

Alex Makin



Hayden Kennedy

AFL Umpire Coach, Hayden Kennedy was a special guest down at AFL Queensland Umpiring training during the week, putting our best through their paces. He ran them through the elite positioning drills, the same ones AFL umpires undertake, and and told the group that the key to success lies in the “mental and physical preparation.”



Speaking of special guests popping in for a chat, they don’t come much bigger (figuratively and literally) than Jonathon Brown. Browny paid the Queensland Youth Girls team a visit on Wednesday night to talk about leadership and teamwork. After 3 premierships with the Lions, he probably has a fair idea on the topic.


That barrel

On a wet and windy day in Melbourne, goals can as rare as hens teeth. Kalinda Howarth must have missed the memo though, unloading this monster for the centre square against Western Australia. How sweetly was this hit!



When Labrador ran out on Saturday, the 15 year old with them wasn’t the water boy, and wasn’t running out with his older brother as a mascot; it was Cooper Portelli, who was lining up on the wing. A 15 year old playing his first senior game is a good story in itself, but it doesn’t end there. Portelli kicked two important goals for the Tigers to help them over the line against Mt Gravatt. Sky is the limit for this kid.


That tackle

It’s not often that Garry Ablett gets wrapped up in a tackle when he takes off; the little genius is pretty elusive, which is why this effort by our own Josh Wagner made everyone take notice. It’s a pretty exclusive club, running down Gaz, and to top it off, Wags did it in front of his family and friends. I’m sure they would have been out of their seat at this point.




Coorparoo kicked 30 goals on the weekend, which is an outstanding effort. The thing that stands out the most though? No one kicked more than four goals. No, that’s not a negative, it means everyone chimed it. They had 14 goal kickers for the afternoon, which is more than half the team hitting the scoreboard. That’s a better spread than butter.


Umpire tons up

Goal umpire Chris Fawcett celebrated 100 senior games of waving the flags at Coorparoo on the weekend. Fawcett made his debut in 2005, and along the way, has officiated numerous grand finals, represented Queensland in national carnivals, and is a member of the 2016 leadership group.

By Andrew Wiles

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