AFL QLD Celebrates 150 Years Milestone
To celebrate 150 years of AFL in Queensland, a renowned group of Australian football historians are producing a prestigious publication recording the history of the game in the state.
The Queensland Australian Football Forensics (QAFF) will commemorate the milestone by releasing an 800 page book in July, 150 years after the formation of the Brisbane Football Club in 1866.
QAFF member, Greg Parker, said the idea sparked “12 years ago … with a common passion for the history of the game (and) a group of enthusiasts and history buffs.”
Although Queensland only have two professional leagues, the Brisbane Lions and the 2009 addition, the Gold Coast Suns, the state have a rich football history.
Since being a product of the merged Fitzroy Football Club and the Brisbane Bears in 1996, the Lions have always had an impressive following, while the Suns quickly accumulated fans.
“It will definitely be worth it to show the younger generations the game does have a rich history and strong fan-club,” Parker said.
“I would love to see young people pick up the book, that it would capture their imagination and … inspire them to support a team or go and play themselves.”
The current Queensland talents’ achievements in the Junior League were honoured during the round four rival game between the two sunshine-state teams, known as the QClash11.
At this game, team members of the U17 Coorparoo Junior Football Club proudly kicked off their season with a lap of honour around the Gabba in the Premiers March.
Coached by Antony Lemar, the 2015 reigning premiership team were invited by AFL Queensland to parade around the grounds to celebrate their success.
After marching in front of 25, 000 fanatic spectators in his third year of coaching, Lemar said, “It was fantastic to represent our club and have our efforts acknowledged.
“This is my third year doing it … how do you get used to something so rewarding?”
Vice-Captain and Brisbane Lions Academy player, Jack Wratten, added, “It’s just the best feeling. It’s great to get to walk where I’ve watched so many of my role models play.”