Tuesday Talking Points

Guess who’s back

Sandgate are back. All the talk coming out of their camp though the pre-season was that they wanted to be competitive in games for longer this year.  Down by six points at three quarter time against Palm Beach on the weekend, there was no better time than the present to show it. When the final siren rang, they were up, proving how far they have come over summer. It won’t wont be the last time they sing the song this year.

Be a hero, son

Individual reputations are made when games are on the line. On the weekend, it was UQ’s Jake Evan’s who stood up when it counted. With the breeze behind them, Surfers Paradise came home with a wet sail in the last. They kicked four on the trot, hitting the front for the first time all day with just minutes to spare. They looked home for all money, but Evans had other plans. He took a huge contested grab, went back as cold as ice, and slotted the goal to hand UQ their first win for the year. He has earned some serious bragging rights around the club for a few weeks.

Move over Buddy, it’s all about 14

If you’ve had 14 kicks in a game that’s a pretty good return; to kick 14 snags is unbelievable. Aaron Widt from Sandgate’s QAFA (B) Central team proved on Saturday that the days of full forward’s kicking huge bags aren’t gone just yet. He would be pretty stiff to miss out on the three votes that game.

Better men, not just better footballers

The Moreton Bay Lions aren’t just about fostering good footballers; they want their players to turn out better people. Tomorrow night, the club has organised the Forensic Crash Unit to speak to their youth players about road safety. Add this to the fact they have enlisted the help of a Chaplin within the club this year, the culture they are building is something to applaud.

Footy Factory

Last nights AFL Women’s Draft had a real Queensland flavor to it.  Emma Zielke, Emily Bates, Leah Kaslar and Jordan Zanchetta all had their names read out to join the Western Bulldogs. When you add Tayla Harris to that list, who was retained by Melbourne, there will be some serious Queensland representation in the two exhibition matches this year.

By Andrew Wiles – @andrewjwiles

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