Wide Bay represented in intrastate clash

Scout Strong is set to play in the first women's intrastate game. Image: BRENDAN BOWERS

Brendan Bowers

AFL Wide Bay will be well represented in this weekend’s history-making intrastate games at Southport’s Fankhauser Reserve.

For the first time in the history of North Queensland v South Queensland program, both men and women will represent their region at a senior level.

The men have been going head to head since 2014, and the women now get the opportunity to create a rivalry for the ages.

Meanwhile, the South Queensland team will incorporate players from across South-East Queensland and the Darling Downs and Wide Bay regions.

Wide Bay will be represented by The Waves’ Scout Strong and Hervey Bay Bombers’ Kirsten Fuller in the women’s game, while Bay Power’s Matt Schlein and Brothers Bulldog’s Tristan Taylor will represent in the men’s game. Kyle Anderson has also been named as an emergency.

Mark Mason has been named as team manager for the men’s team.

“It is awesome for the region that we are being recognised. It will be fantastic to have the women involved for the first time,” Mason said.

He paid credit to all the female players who attended every training session for the squads.

“It was a great effort and showed their commitment to the program,” he said.

The women’s game starts at 2pm and the men’s at 4pm, with both games to be streamed live via clutch.tv. Game day entry is free.

South Queensland Women:

Grace Eden, Sandgate

Evie Long, Sandgate

Emily Bleney, Mt Gravatt

Emily McGregor, Burleigh

Ashlee Gould, Burleigh

Arianna Williams, Redcliffe

Melita Watts, Surfers Paradise

Jessica Watts, Surfers Paradise

Jekaya Lam, Surfers Paradise

Gracie Roy, Morningside

Eleanor Tuitahi, Morningside

Bella Freeman, Broadbeach

Bianca Lenarcic, Broadbeach

Holly Thompson, BroadBeach

Sophie Balcombe, Broadbeach

Jacinta Baldwick, Sherwood

Samara Mahoney, Sherwood

Jessica Davy, Moreton Bay

Chloe Crothers, South Toowoomba

Shaye Easton, Goondiwindi

Scout Strong, Across the Waves

Kirsten Fuller, Hervey Bay

South Queensland Men

Josh Keleher, Caloundra

Brad Kimberley, Caloundra

Dane Stewart, Caloundra

Max Jacobsen, Caloundra

Jacob Watson, Caloundra

Luca Mason, Caloundra

Jacob Knight, Hinterland

Dominic Kilworth, Hinterland

Jake Keeble, Springwood

Rowan Page, Springwood

Matt Preston-Smith, Springwood

Declun Goode, Beenleigh

Sean Goode, Beenleigh

Matthew Schlein, Bay Power

Jayden Smith, Coolaroo

Josh Earl, Coorparoo

Sam Holdna, Coorparoo

Shayle Korander, Coorparoo

Ben Hogan, Coorparoo

Tristan Taylor, Brothers Bulldogs

Deng Arok, Uni Cougars

Lachlan Nixon-Smith, Burleigh