Hawks Hold Out UQ in QAFL Debut

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In the annals of history people are going to be talking about three things: the discovery of fire, invention of the submarine, and the UQ Red Lions debut in the QAFL. Not only did April 6 2014 mark the long-awaited to start to the newly re-structured QAFL season, but it also brought with it the first time the University of Queensland team had played in Queensland’s top-flight amateur league.

It was a hot and humid afternoon greeted the team out at Lemke Road, highlighting the need for a full four-quarter performance to compete with and outlast the young and fit Sandgate Hawks side. With the footballs zinging more than a KFC burger in the warm-up, the UQ side started in exciting fashion, winning the first clearance and having the first shot on goal.

The rest of the first half proved to be a real contest as the wind proved to be a decisive factor in both teams’ ability to score goals. Brodie Tebbutt led the way off the half-back flank with his delivery and even crept up forward to extend the Red Lions points tally. George Hannford showed more toe than a roman sandal, running and fending his way through congested play to catch the eye of all spectators.

With Sandgate up 46-27 at the half-time break and UQ within touching distance, Dustin Harris set the tone, continually winning the clearances out of the centre square to give the side opportunities to claim the lead for the first time in the match. Despite resolute defence from the ever-reliable Alistair Carlson, Sandgate extended their lead heading into the final change.

The chance for a victory in the club’s first entry into the QAFL kick-started a mini-revival amongst the Red Lions, as Gareth Begley slinked his way through for a couple of late goals. Unfortunately for UQ a fairytale debut into the QAFL was not to be as Sandgate held on for an 80-49 win.

The team showed an improved performance with Dustin Harris and Brodie Tebbutt leading the way for the visitors to provide a competitive platform in their first games for the club. This weekend brings another opportunity for the boys to send a message to the competition, coming up against the 2013 Allied Pickfords Cup champions Palm Beach-Currumbin. All the best to all of the UQ sides competing this weekend.

The University of Queensland Australian Football Club (est 1956) is one of the largest sporting clubs based on the UQ campus. Recognised by AFL athletes as the preferred club at which to develop their professional and sporting careers, the UQAFC is a professional organisation based on amateur values where the UQ AFL community can enjoy competitive success, personal and professional development and life enriching social experiences in a safe, engaging and respectful environment. The club offers UQ Sports Achievement Scholarships specifically for AFL athletes studying and playing at the University of Queensland. With teams in the QAFL, QAFA and QWAFL, the UQAFC plays matches throughout south east Queensland each season. If you would like to contact the UQAFC about our media releases please contact our Media Manager, to enquire about sponsorship opportunities please contact our Sponsorship manager, or to find out more about playing with the club please click here.

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