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McKeever fires for Qld

Niall McKeever has been slowly developing into a very handy footballer for the Brisbane Lions reserves but after a season and a half playing for the reserves team his "step up" did not come in the form of a call up to play for the senior side in the AFL. 
He was instead selected to represent Queensland against Western Australia this past weekend.   Of his selection he offered “I feel very privileged to represent Queensland especially when you see all the pride around State of Origin (rugby league) week, and it’s a chance to show our coaching staff what I can do.”


In all the years the two states have played each other Queensland has never come close to beating WA. Until now anyway, and while the unbeaten record continues the margin was only six points. McKeever played in the ruck and was at his best in the first half of the match, doing enough to be named in the best players for Queensland.
McKeever mostly rucked against former St Kilda ruckman Michael Rix after a late withdrawal saw him moved to starting ruckman, and he was the Queensland team's leading possesion getter in the first quarter.
Given his good form and the senior Brisbane Lions poor form and a run of injuries, McKeever might be nearing a senior call up with coach Michael Voss saying he would be a chance to play this week. This would of course see him playing alongside fellow Irishman Pearce Hanley who has cemented himself a spot a senior AFL level with his great marking and run out of the backline this season.
 Ironically when Hanley first came into the senior side it was at the expense of fellow Irishman Colm Begley and the two were never to play in the same side at senior AFL level.
West Aust, 1.8, 8.10, 14.14, 16.17 (113)
Queensland, 2.1, 5.5, 8.7, 16.11 (107)
Goals, WA: Smith 5.2; Hansen 3.0; Geappen 2.2; Brabazon 2.1; Thornton 2.0; Dell’Olio, O’Brien 1.0; Mitchell 0.4; Cook 0.2; Salecic, Richardson, Blackwell, Head 0.1; 3 points rushed.
Goals Qld: Zorko 4.0; Davey 2.3; Payne 2.2; Clouston 2.0; Gilliland, Ilett 1.2; Abey, Shelton, Smith, Vearing 1.0; 2 points rushed.
Best, WA: Brabazon, Blackwell, Fleay, Smith, Geappen, Salecic.
Best Qld: Zorko, Davey, Wise, McKeever, Proud, Payne.
Umpires: Stuart Parry (WA), Chris Pattinson (WA), Andrew Stephens (Qld).
At Bendigo Bank Stadium, Mandurah. Crowd: 3000 (approx.)

Full match write up can be read on the NEAFL website here.

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McKeever fires for Qld
Authored by: Brett Northey on Thursday, June 23 2011 @ 12:57 pm ACST

Wow!  It would have been a massive dent to the WAFL to lose this one, and at home.  I'm wondering where Qld's sudden improvement came from.  Perhaps WA took their foot off in the last quarter.  Also, with 2 AFL sides now Qld had more AFL reserves players to draw on.  I'm not sure if the WAFL side include WCE and Freo unselected AFL players?

Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN
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McKeever fires for Qld
Authored by: Cam Homes on Thursday, June 23 2011 @ 05:31 pm ACST

Too right there Brett, WA's record against SA at home is someyhing like 11or 12 to 4 or 5. Might be even more in WA's favour. Similar record for SA in favour of SA at home over WA.

I think the WAFL only play WAFL players like SA only plays SANFL players.

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