By Cameron Smith Photo Credit: Deion Menzies (Highflyer Images)
The Broadbeach v Morningside game was hyped up as the match of the QAFL home-and-away season, as the two undefeated clubs went head to head to see would finish the season on top-of-the ladder.
From a Redland perspective it was great to see Matt McGannon playing on Clay Cameron and Millsy playing on Hammer.
It is fair to say, that Clay and Millsy both won their head to head battles, with Clay kicking three goals, and Millsy keeping Hammer to just one goal, in the Cat’s 50-point win over Morningside.
Clay and Millsy were named in the best for Broadbeach, and Reuben William was named as one of Morningside’s best.
It was an impressive victory by Broadbeach, who once again demonstrated to the rest of the competition why they are the flag favourites.
Broadbeach and Morningside now have the week off in the first week of the QAFL Finals as they finished first and second.
Sherwood, Mt Gravatt and Maroochydore who all have Redland players in their side, will also being playing finals.
Mt Gravatt will play Palm Beach in Elimination Final, after losing to them by 48-points this weekend.
Sherwood will host Maroochydore in the other Elimination Final after securing the right to play at home by beating Labrador by 18-points on Saturday.
It is great to see Maroochydore, qualify for finals in their first season in the QAFL and they will be confident they can beat Sherwood, as they beat them the last time they played.
Maroochydore finished the home and away season with a solid 37-point win over Surfers.
Jai Larkins continued his great form for Maroochydore, receiving another vote in the Cody Fullarton Cup.
Talking about the Cody Fullarton Cup, another contender has emerged with Jamie Ivers collecting another five votes this weekend.
Ivers followed on from his eight-goal effort last week, kicking another three goals for Mayne in the Rumble in the Jungle, which was remarkably a draw.
After a very tight first three quarters, Will O’Dwyer gave Noosa every chance of winning kicking two goals early in the last quarter before Mayne was able to steady late, and hit back to draw level.
The game ending in a draw, goes to show how tight the QFA Division 1 title’s race is, which makes for an exciting finals series, especially considering all five Redland players who play in the competition, are a chance of winning a flag.
Of major importance this weekend is the minor premier of QFA Division 2 Victoria Point Sharks taking on Coolangatta in the Preliminary Final this Saturday. Under normal circumstances the Sharks would be hosting at Totally Workwear Park but as we well know this is not a normal season and due to Coolangatta players who live over the border being unable to travel outside of the Gold Coast precinct “bubble” the game will be played at Coomera Sports Park commencing at 2.00pm.
Good luck to coach Mick O’Keefe and all the Sharks boys on Saturday and also to KJ and big Huddy who’s Kenmore Bears take on Burleigh at home in the other QFA Division 2 South Grand Final qualifier.
Up in Cairns, Peter Yagmoor kicked three goals in the Lions 116-point win over the Hawks.
It wasn’t all easy going for Yags though, as he tripped on the banner when running out on the field before the game. Poor Yags!
See below the current leader board for the Cody Fullarton Cup and Deion Menzies Medal:
Cody Fullarton Cup (most votes in best)
Scott Miller (Victoria Point Sharks) 24
Luke O’Sullivan (Mt Gravatt) 22
Kailem Baker (Kenmore Bears) 20
Jamie Ivers (Mayne) 18
Jack Rolls (Morningside) 16
Harrison Hunkin (Victoria Point Sharks), Matt Hammelmann (Morningside), Perry Lewis- Smith (Surfers Paradise) 14
Hayden-Bertoli Simmonds (Morningside), Jai Larkins (Maroochydore) 11
Deion Menzies Medal (Most Goals)
Adrian Williams (Victoria Point Sharks) 39
Matt Hammelmann (Morningside) 34
Harrison Kerr (Victoria Point Sharks) 23
Jamie Ivers (Mayne) 20
Clay Cameron (Broadbeach) 12
Mav Pettigrove (Noosa) Will O’Dwyer (Noosa) 11
Aaron Christensen (Victoria Point) Seb Rogers (Noosa) 10