Tuesday Talking Points

Surfers’ sharp shooters

Some argue that goal kicking is the only aspect of football that hasn’t improved over the years. Those people must not have been at Dittmer Park on Sunday watching the Surfers Paradise reserves. They couldn’t miss and at one stage in the last quarter the scoreboard read 16.1.97.  They finished the game at 23.6.144; I think that’s what you call making the most of your opportunities.

Rhys Estall the go to man

In the season preview, Mt Gravatt coach Brad Pollock named Rhys Estall as the X factor of the Vulture lineup, and we can now see why. He has got some serious leg speed about him, and a leap to match, meaning he can play tall or small in the Vultures forward line. When Mt Gravatt looked like dragging themselves back into the game on Sunday, it was on the back of Estall’s presence up forward, despite being constantly double-teamed in the final quarter. His four goals on the weekend takes his season tally to 12, and is a real show to take out the goal kicking award in 2015.

It’s raining, it’s pouring

Cats and Dogs would be an understatement. The rain SEQ received on Friday was off the charts. Some grounds turned into swimming pools, and for games to get underway, snorkels and flippers would have been required.

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Above is the Sandgate oval on Friday night, fair to say it was a bit damp.

In good touch

With a week off from state duties, some of the Queensland Under 18 boys proved that they are more than capable of playing good senior footy. Connor West kicked four, including two in the first quarter, for Southport in the NEAFL and Ben Keays looks a ready-made footballer following his best on ground performance in the Lions NEAFL side on Saturday. They will look to carry this good form into this Saturday’s TAC Cup game against the Gippsland Power at Broadbeach.

Is it a three horse race?

Yes I know what you’re thinking; it’s early days, but Mayne, Maroochydore and Noosa are certainly heading the QFA North field in 2015. There is still a tonne of footy to be played, but one thing is for certain, three doesn’t fit into one. All look extremely strong this year, and all are capable of beating each other on their day. It’s going to make for some very interesting footy for the rest of the year.

By Andrew Wiles – @andrewjwiles

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