Comp close-up: QFA Division 1 HART Sport Cup Seniors

QFA Division 1 HART Sport Cup Seniors

Each week, AFL Queensland shares insights into a match in Queensland as the final series draws closer.

Season in one word: Even.

One of the most enjoyable aspects of the QFA Division 1 HART Sport Cup Senior competition is the level playing field between all eight teams. Coorparoo is at the top of the ladder, with two wins for the next team, but the final is everyone’s game for the teams that are in 2-7e Place. The reigning Prime Minister, Springwood, are vying for a chance to hold onto their premiership cup, which is currently in sixth place. Two clubs, Moreton Bay and Wynnum are new to Division 1 this year. Moreton Bay shone and push for the final. It hasn’t been Wynnum’s year, but with some young, promising players having had a year to test themselves at a higher level, they will only grow with the experience.

It was also gratifying to have such a high representation of players in the QFA Division 1 HART Sport Cup Seniors in the South Queensland team at this year’s Intrastate Clash.

ladder:

1 Coorparoo QFA Div 1 Reserves
2 Caloundra QFA Div 1 Reserves
3 Mayne QFA Div 1 Reserves
4 University of Queensland QFA Div 1 Reserves
5 Beenleigh QFA Div 1 Reserves
6 Springwood QFA Div 1 Reserves
7 Moreton Bay QFA Div 1 Reserves
8 Wynnum QFA Div 1 Reserves

Click here for detailed ladder.

Team Summary:

To collaborate sitting with a few games clearly at the top, with their investment in local talent paying off. Their reserves have only lost one game in two years, which speaks to the depth of the club. Shayle Korander is a rising star within the team. He has a deadly combination of height and speed, a nightmare for defenders.

Moreton Bay have really stepped up this year and are competing with the best of them after being elevated from Division 2 North. They started strong, but with a few injuries to older players, they’ve struggled in recent weeks.

Beenleigh had a difficult start to the season as they were delayed in playing at their home ground due to the heavy rains and flooding that Queensland experienced earlier this year. Once they were able to return home, they started winning games because they had created a bit of a fortress in Dauth Park. Some of the new players have been fantastic for the club this year, including former AFL player Brodie Murdoch.

caloundra had a slow start to the season but has since turned it around and is now aiming for a Top 2 spot. Ruckman Max Jacobsen has been a standout for them this season.

Mayne are the sleeping giant and are chipping in the background, sitting third on the ladder behind Caloundra. With four rounds to go, they try to grab the double chance with both hands.

University of Queensland The club strives for consistency in their games to ensure they put in a four-quarter performance against all opponents. They have some pretty tough games for the run home and will definitely keep it at the top.

Wynnum’s first year in Division 1 was challenging as the team adapted to the pace of Division 1 football. They have an exciting crop of young players coming through who will have benefited from this experience.

Springwood are the reigning prime ministers and have had a tougher year as other teams rose to the challenge. They are in sixth place and must win the upcoming matches to defend their premiership in 2021.

Where to from here?

There are still five rounds to go for the season before the teams enter a Top 5 Finals Series. Each round counts for each team as they compete for the chance to win the premiership.

The grand final will take place on Saturday September 3rdrd

In the mix for Best and Fairest:

Coorparoo – Shayle Korander

Beenleigh – Brodie Murdoch

Moreton Bay – Jonathan Giles

Caloundra – Max Jacobsen

Mayne – Zac Quin

University of Queensland – Jordan Williams (2021 QFA Division 1 League Best & Fairest)

Wynnum – Sam Kalbfelli

Springwood – Rowan Page

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