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AFLQ State League

2008 Home-and-Away Season

2008 First Semi-Final
2008 Second Semi-Final
2008 Preliminary Final
2008 Grand Final

2008 Home-and-Away Season

The line-up of eight teams remained unchanged from 2007, although one significant change from the previous year was that the final five would revert to a final four in 2008.  The finals would follow nineteen rounds of home-and-away fixtures.  This is how the teams had finished after the 2007 finals series:

Mt Gravatt
Southport
Morningside
Labrador
Suncoast Lions
Broadbeach

Zillmere Eagles
Redland

The 2007 Grand Finalists met in the opening round of the 2008 season at Dittmer Park.  In a topsy-turvy affair, the reigning premiers Mt Gravatt finished slightly the better to overcome Southport by 10 points.  After a come-from-behind win over Morningside in Round 2, the Vultures were the only team to have recorded two victories.  They would go on to hold top spot on the ladder for the entire home-and-away season, with the debatable exception of Round 10 when the Lions held a half-game advantage over the Vultures at the top of the table.  The Lions, it should be said, had played one extra game – a single fixture on the weekend that Western Australia beat Queensland in Townsville in early June.

Southport sat second or third on the ladder for most of the first half of the season, a period during which they played out the season’s only draw - a thriller against a fast-finishing Lions at Fankhauser Reserve.  By Round 11, the Sharks had moved into second position and there they would stay until the conclusion of the minor round.

The Lions, who finished the minor round in third, had several big wins towards the end of the season, a notable exception being a 7-point defeat at the hands of Southport at the Gabba in Round 15.

Morningside, Zillmere and Broadbeach staged a late-season battle for fourth spot on the ladder, taking turns to occupy the vital position as the season neared the finals.  The most decisive results on this front were two late away wins by Morningside – a four-goal triumph over Broadbeach at Merrimac Oval in Round 17 followed by a thrashing of Zillmere at O’Callaghan Park the following week which secured the Panthers a finals berth.

Redland showed early promise, notching three wins and enduring a nail-biting 5-point loss to Zillmere by Round 8, but alas, injuries played a big part in preventing the Bombers from winning any more games for the year, and they suffered some big defeats towards season's end.

Labrador, too, had their moments, notching great away wins over Zillmere in Round 7 and Morningside in Round 16.

The home-and-away season finished with the teams placed as follows:

Mt Gravatt
Southport
Suncoast Lions
Morningside
Zillmere Eagles
Broadbeach
Labrador
Redland

For information on the 2008 finals, please click on the links at the top of this column.

DVDs of 2008 games can be purchased here at the Velocity Sports web site.

Images from the final round clash between Southport and Morningside at Jack Esplen Oval 
(all images are clickable)



Justin Kahlefeldt looks to send the Sharks into attack under pressure from Panther Jesse Fewkes.

Shark Brett Sinclair watches the outcome of his left-foot angled shot for goal while Ben Gibson stands the mark.

Southport’s Glenn Screech evades the attempted tackle of Andrew Browning (45), while Hayden Wilson (7) and Jacob Gough (centre) apply the pressure.  David James (43) provides his team-mate an option.

 

Ruckmen Brock McCauley (34) and Jacob Gough (15) do battle.


Images from Mt Gravatt games in 2008 can be found at the Mt Gravatt FC website here:

2008 Mt Gravatt images

Last Modified:  30th March 2012

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