Norm Smith Medallist
- Feb 17, 2013
- AFL Club
- Gold Coast
Lions 150 - Tigers 69Sunraysia who won the PBC v Labrador game and any comments please
I watched the last 5mins certainly was very uneasy to watch.
Fair to say schools which take basketball seriously could be a good resource for us to find talent that could make the switch to footy ala Kurt Tippett.HE’S transformed Hillcrest into an AFLQ Schools Cup contender and Matthew Lappin hopes to help increase the number of former AFL players coaching Gold Coast juniors.
Lappin heads the AFL program at Hillcrest Christian College that will feature in the primary female division state finals, to be held at Maroochydore on October 18.
It’s one of four teams left in the division while the school also showed development in the senior and primary boys divisions in Lappin’s first year in the role.
“We have only got two girls in our team who play club footy so I’ve had to grab girls out of our basketball program and soccer players,” Lappin, who played 251 AFL games at Carlton and St Kilda, said.
“They have committed really hard to training and went undefeated this year. There is a bit of a buzz around the school.
“Our boys in the junior school and senior school I have had heaps of growth and development this year which is been awesome.”
Lappin has four of his own children in the school including Tilley, 13, Sunny, 11, who is in the primary female team, daughter Stevie, 9, and his son Harley, 4.
Employing former AFL players to coach students is common in Victoria and Lappin said it was a ploy Queensland schools should adopt more in order to continue improving the development opportunities of young players.
“It’s been really innovative by the school to get this going,” Lappin said.
“It happens a bit in Victoria with ex-AFL players and coaches implementing their football programs.”
Hillcrest has a booming basketball excellence program and Lappin said it provided the perfect crossover sport to Australian rules.
A little confusedBig Changes-the relevant bit for us is the South Div 2. My worry is the travel could see a lot of forfeits in Reserve Grade and to a lesser extent in the women’s
AFL Queensland announces new QFA league structures for 2020
OLD and new rivalries are set to ignite on the Gold Coast on the back of a revamped QFA senior men’s competition structure for the 2020 season and beyond.
AFL Queensland has confirmed the makeup of teams in the adjusted Division 1 and 2 competitions, with the bulk of Gold Coast clubs set to compete in the Division 2 South league.
The changes come on the back of a mid-year review of the previous competition structure.
Some of the notable changes of the new model include the addition of the four Northern Rivers based clubs, Byron Bay, Tweed Coast, Ballina and Lismore, into the newly formed QFA Division 2 South competition.
Bond University won the QFA Division 2 competition in 2019. Picture: Supplied by AFLQ.
Beenleigh will take a giant stride forward in 2020, with the club making application and being accepted into a new look eight team Hart Sport Cup Division 1 Competition.
Maroochydore have left Division 1, after successfully seeking elevation into the QAFL, while Burleigh have elected to play locally in Division 2 South.
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Division 1 aspirants, Kenmore and Victoria Point, are the only teams outside the Gold Coast who will feature in the Division 2 South competition but both have been provided with a provisional license for promotion into Division 1 in 2021.
Friday night football will continue in its current format, featuring promotion and relegation between the two divisions, with the only change being Division 4 will now be rebranded as Division 3, likewise Division 5 to Division 4.
2020 QFA Competition Structure:
QFA Division 1 (8 teams)
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QFA Division 2 North (11 teams)
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QFA Division 2 South (12 teams)
Cornish has been in regular contact with AFL Queensland throughout the league shutdown period and remains hopeful that the 2020 season is on track for a July start, with each team to play each other once and the whole season to conclude by October.
But any later and the Lions may consider opting out due to the potential for conflicting schedules.
“If it went later than that and was a spring start in August or September, to be quite honest we don’t know if we’d take part,” she said.
“We share a ground with the cricket club who own the ground from October 1 onwards which would be an issue and also, the boys are pretty used to having that October through to February as their own off-season time to plan holidays and spend with family.”
Palm Beach Currumbin may also be forced to do away with coach and player payments but no final decision would be made until a season restart date was set in stone.
“Until I get a date, there’s no point having those discussions,” Cornish said.
THE Labrador Football Club have thrown their doors open to host all Gold Coast-based QAFL games for the remainder of 2020 as the only Coast club to not share their home ground with cricket.
Gold Coast QAFL rivals Broadbeach, Surfers Paradise and Palm Beach Currumbin all share usage of their respective home grounds with Gold Coast cricket clubs while Labrador’s Cooke-Murphy Oval remains unused in the off-season.
Tigers president Nick McGuire said Labrador would happily host their Gold Coast rivals later this year should they enter a turf war with adjoining cricket clubs.
“If we have to run our competition into cricket season, we’d happily host home games here,” McGuire said.
“Southport Labrador cricket club use our second oval as a backup ground during their season but our main oval is empty.
“I’m sure the other clubs wouldn’t want to come to us and it’s all a bit tongue in cheek but we’d definitely welcome them as we’re probably just about the only club on the Gold Coast that doesn’t contend with cricket.”
Grounds Crew would have to work overtime to keep the field in decent condition with all those extra games being played on the one field right?PALM Beach Currumbin Australian Football Club president Anne Cornish has conceded the Lions may have to consider ceasing player and coach payments and revaluating their place in the QAFL should the season start later than July this year.
FixtureThe revised 2020 fixture for AFL Queensland’s premier men’s competition, the QAFL, has been released. The shortened nine round home and away season starts on July 11, with all clubs playing four home games and four away games. The top six teams will then battle out a sudden death finals series that culminates with the Grand Final on 26 September.
All nine teams that entered the competition prior to the suspension of all matches will remain, including Maroochydore, who will make their much awaited QAFL debut on home turf, when they host Wilston Grange in Round 1 at the Maroochydore Multisport Complex.
Reigning Premiers Surfers Paradise, won’t have to wait long to unveil their 2019 premiership flag, as they are scheduled to host last season’s vanquished Grand Finalists, Palm Beach Currumbin, in Round 1. Whilst a premiership can never be avenged, Palm Beach will no doubt be keen to spoil the Demon’s flag raising party.
Thanks Jen!QAFL is getting up and running on July 11.