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:
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
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.
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
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:
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.
Brett Sinclair watches the outcome of his left-foot angled shot for
goal while Ben Gibson stands the
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.
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:
Mt Gravatt images