Our boys looked great in Round 11 for our annual iPlumb Solutions Ladies Day
Off the Field We thank all of our fantastic sponsors that continue to provide outstanding support for our club. Our events to date have been well attended, with our recent IPlumb Solutions Ladies Day a sell out with over 100 ladies in attendance and a great day had by all. The club is in a solid financial position and the licensed club as a seperate entity has been super supportive this season. Our club’s volunteers from the President down have again been outstanding amazing ,passionate dedicated and in part is what makes our club great. They all enjoy the positive atmosphere created by all our volunteers. It is a credit to all. Our home games continue to be extremely well attended and provide an enjoyable atmosphere and we look forward to the renovations going ahead in the coming months. We have our upcoming 35 year premiership reunion on July 9. Contact Perko for more details. Thanks to Brooke Sleep for all of her hard work as our awesome club photographer!
Seniors - 9 Wins 0 Losses - 1st After a breakthrough premiership in 2021, the Cats approached the 2022 season with optimism having retained some 20 premiership players, a talented group of younger players also re-committing and a few handy recruits being added. However, with Aspley returning to the competition from the VFL and several opponents adding significant talent, it was a wait and see to know how the club would handle being the hunted. Despite significant disruption due to injury, Suns Academy and Sharks commitments, ill-health and inclement weather the seniors are tracking well having navigated QAFL season to date undefeated to be on top of the QAFL Seniors ladder at the half way point of the season. Crucial away wins against fancied opponents in Aspley, Redland and Labrador may prove pivotal as we seek a top 2 finish to lock in a double finals chance and week off in the first week of the finals. Another highlight has been the debut of recruits Oscar McKinley and Nathan McHugh, Sharks listed pair Callum Searle and Riley Bowman and the consistent form of highly credentialled recruit Sam Barnett and former AFL players Bradley Lynch and Jarrod Harbrow. Added to the mix has been the debut of local youngsters Harrison Rowles (Sharks listed), Jonah Semmler, Mitch Bell and Kai Reynoldson, and it has also been great to see the improvement in our teenaged premiership players in Ryan Pickering, Brayden Taylor and Riley Winter who has been a revelation since being moved to play a key defensive post. Seasoned players Josh Searl, Blake Erickson, Lucas Jellyman-Turner, Max Lower, James Gledhill, Sam Jasper and Jackson Fisher have all continued strong form from 2021, however Brandon “Hawk” Chadwick has probably caught the eye most with a career best start to the season to become one of the premier midfielders in the competition. Congratulations to the coaching and support staff for all that goes into a successful senior team. Unfortunately Footy is a contact sport and we have had a few wounded ,long term along the way and we speak of Darcy Irwin , Jack OShea , Jasper Schoenmaker, Jordan Moncrieff , Kyle Clark and we know the boys play with that extra bit of determination for these guys whom are currently on the side line. We wish them all well on the road back to the playing field and have a wonderful medical team lead by Physio Jordan Siebenhausen.
Development Team - 4 Wins 5 Losses - 6th
2022 sees a younger looking Development Team which has been averaging 15 teenaged players each week, which augurs well for the future, however coupled with extremes in player availability has led to some inconsistent performances. Highlights so far were undoubtably the win in atrocious conditions against Mt Gravatt. Some of the ball handling that day had to be seen to be believed, in a 160-point win. Strong wins also against Morningside, Sherwood and Surfers Paradise have unfortunately been countered by a couple of disappointing losses and a couple of solid performances where the more mature bodies in the opposition proved the difference. However, some 6-7 players that have been promoted via the DT to senior football have on almost all occasions hit the ground running which is great credit to the CT coaching staff. Likewise the improvement since the beginning of the season of younger players such as 205cm Lawsen Ford, Joshua Zanker-Close, Marcus Roberts, Harry Tonks, Cooper Green and Harry McInness has been encouraging. Great to see Grange McMahon, younger brother of long time servant Xavier playing some good footy for the team and the leadership provided by Luke Dempsey-Ceh, Rhys Finn and Jai Lyons is really important for the group. Jai’s season has been disrupted having injured both shoulders in separate incidents, as he was playing some strong football. Alex Rayner has also shown some great determination in fighting his was back onto the footy field from a serious finger injury that required surgery.
Colts - 7 wins 2 losses - 3rd The colts are on a bit of a roll having won 7 straight and the boys never-say-die attitude has seen them prevail in several close games, which is testament to the commitment by the players and the great work by the coaching staff. Numerous colts eligible players have been playing upstairs either every week or on a rotational basis, which is great for our club going forward. The colts have also taken opportunity where possibly to provide playing opportunities for several under 16 players to train and play with the team, continuing the great relationship between the junior and senior clubs. Each under 16 player has definitely held their own often featuring amongst the best players. There have been many consistent performers to date in the form of Max Masters, Jack Bowen, Cooper Parkes Taine Dawson Will Cooper Kade Reynoldson Maverick Wells and Ryder Forbes has been particularly encouraging and the recent addition of Reef Webb and Ben Brown after long term injury has been a plus.
Seniors - 3 wins 3 losses 1 draw - 5th Reserves - 4 wins 2 losses 1 draw - 3rd Our girls have had a good start to the season with both teams sitting inside the top 6. Numbers this year have been fantastic and the womens program continues to grow on field from strength to strength. Congratulations to the 7 women selected in the initial South Queensland representative squad - Bianca Lenarcic, Holly Thompson, Karlee Quinn, Alice Savil, Bella Davies, Bella Freeman and Kody Wolter-Smith (pictured below thanks to Brooke Sleep). The girls hope for a great finish to the season and hopefully their first finals appearance for a few seasons coming up soon! Keep up the great work.