A big achievement for the Red Lions this weekend just gone, with the club notching up five wins from five matches for the first time in club history.
With our State League men’s and women’s currently both being best described as developing sides within their strong leagues, victories have been hard-earned and thoroughly savoured this season. The fact that all other sides also managed to chalk one up on the same weekend is a fantastic effort by all involved.
It all started on Friday night when the QAFA(B) boys touched up Yeronga. The Devils were on fire but, despite hitting the scoreboard on a number of occasions, were unable to grab a major. After the initial 5-10 minutes the older heads within the Red Lions line-up steadied the ship and UQ never looked back. Dan Lutton was inspirational in the middle while Lachie McCormick gave plenty of run as the students cantered to a 16.11-107 def 4.6-30 victory.
The next day our QWAFL ladies had a stand-alone game against Griffith Moorooka. As the sides currently occupy the bottom two spots on the ladder, this one shaped up to be a fierce fight between two teams desperate for a win. With the UQ reserves having a bye weekend off, the QWAFL girls were all focussed on getting the job done. Bre Koenen continued with her impeccable season leading the girls to a big 14.13-97 def 3.1-19 win and then into an infamous lock-in celebration, while debutant Mikayla Warlond bagged a 5-goal haul.
The main event for the weekend was Old Boys Day at Oval 7, with a number of past-players having lunch at the Norman Hotel before heading to the Red Lion Arena to catch the men’s flagship teams in action against Sandgate. The Colts got the day off on the right foot with a 13.5-83 def 5.1-31 win. Henry Mundie was best on for the students, while Ben Glover and David Milne both claimed 3 goals.
The QAFL Reserves rolled straight into the thick of things in the next game, blasting the Hawks away with an amazing 9 goal first-quarter. Sandgate lifted from there, but there was little they could do to halt the Red Lion assault. Jimmy Day was outstanding for the home side, while Al Carlson’s experience was influential around the contest. 14 individual goal-kickers saw the Red Lions finish the day 21.20-146 def 8.8-56.
The stage was then set for the one we’d been waiting for, as the QAFL Seniors looked to break their drought and notch-up their second win for the year. Coach Darren Pfeiffer clearly had the boys in the right mind-set, leading from the front in an effort that saw him claim 3 majors. First-year player Mark McCutcheon gave plenty of pace, while the young but-experienced trio of Brodie Tebbutt, Dustin Harris and George Hannaford were hard at it all day. It was an arm-wrestle all afternoon as Sandgate kept trying to snatch the lead, but the Red Lions were able to answer on every occasion eventually running out 17.12-114 def 13.15-93 victors.
Congratulations to all who played for the UQAFC over the weekend, we look forward to many more results like that over the coming years!
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