Port Douglas dominate AFL Queensland representative selection
- Intrastate clash has Port Douglas flavour
EIGHT Port Douglas players have been named in the North Queensland team to face South Queensland in Brisbane on Saturday.
Representative coach Brad Cooper and his support staff have included Crocs captain Kye Chapple, Josh Wilson, Adam Gross, Jordan Chapman, Wesley Glass, Brett McKeown, Brett Meredith and Skip Gribbon as part of the final 23-man squad.
AFL Cairns ladder leader Cairns Saints are also well represented, with Cade Wellington, Jack Philp, Cameron Johns, Tim Lamprill, and Joel Newman named to take on on their southern rivals at Aspley Hornets. Port will meet the Saints in a top-of-the-table clash on Saturday week.
This will be the fifth AFL Queensland representative match, with South Queensland victorious on the past two occasions in Cairns. Interestingly, the travelling team has always won, with North Queensland getting up the first two years.
Cooper, in his second stint as coach, will have a stack of talent at his disposal this weekend with former Melbourne star Aaron Davey to join his two Port Douglas sharpshooters Chapple and Gross in attack, while former Sydney Swan Meredith should relish the step up in class.
South Queensland has retained coach Danny Craven for a third year.
AFL QUEENSLAND REPRESENTATIVE CLASH
Saturday 14 July, 4.30pm
North Queensland v South Queensland
Aspley Hornets (Brisbane)
NORTH QUEENSLAND TEAM:
Coach: Brad Cooper (Port Douglas)
1. Jason Di Betta (Hermit Park Tigers)
2. Declan Wode (Hermit Park Tigers)
3. Cade Wellington (Cairns Saints)
4. Jack Philp (Cairns Saints)
5. Skip Gribbon (Port Douglas)
6. Danny Conway (BITS Saints AFC)
7. Cooper Barber (Whitsunday Sea Eagles)
8. Aaron Davey (Cairns City Lions)
9. Ryan Lempa (Central Trinity Beach)
10. Brett Meredith (Port Douglas)
11. Josh Cass (University Hawks)
12. Brett McKeown (Port Douglas)
13. Tim Higgins (Glenmore Bulls FC)
14. Wesley Glass (Port Douglas)
15. Jordan Chapman (Port Douglas)
16. Cameron Johns (Cairns Saints)
17. Adam Gross (Port Douglas)
18. Tim Lamprill (Cairns Saints)
19. Joel Newman (Cairns Saints)
20. Kye Chapple (Port Douglas)
21. Ezekiel Frank (Manunda Hawks)
22. Josh Wilson (Port Douglas)
23. Mitchell Bell (Whitsunday Sea Eagles)
SOUTH QUEENSLAND TEAM:
Coach: Danny Craven (Mayne)
1. Jake Warren (Maroochydore)
2. Joseph Amery (South Burnett)
3. Jack Lake (Coorparoo)
4. Corey Boardman (Noosa)
5. Jacob Watson (Aspley)
6. Joshua Filo (Maroochydore)
7. Jordan Morrison (Mayne)
8. Rhan Hooper (Springwood)
9. Jack Collings (Mayne)
11. Mitchell Scholard (Maroochydore)
12. Tyle Williams (Maroochydore)
13. Matthew Schlein (Bay Power)
14. Daniel Dzufer (Maroochydore)
15. Dean Hartley (Mayne)
16. Jayden Holt (Noosa)
17. Michael Artis (Coorparoo)
18. Zac McLean (Mayne)
19. Jason Kennedy (Marrochydore)
20. Jacob Simpson (Maroochydore)
21. Trent Saxelby (Caloundra)
22. Tom Watson (Aspley)
23. Joshua Keleher (Caloundra)
24. Brandon Stewart (Coorparoo)
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