Capricornia AFL forward Eli Wells takes a strong grab on his way top five majors.
Capricornia AFL forward Eli Wells takes a strong grab on his way top five majors. Chris Ison ROK010717cafl2

Gallery: Capricornia turn screws on northern rivals

AUSSIE RULES: Footy in these parts is going places - a talented bunch of players who can collectively raise the bar to new heights.

Saturday saw 22 players from all six local clubs ruthlessly combine to thrash Mackay 25.15 (165) 5.4 (34).

Under a new psychological banner and fresh guernseys, the boys in navy blue made life tough for their northern rivals.

Their speed and power too demanding - their dead-eye shots all on target - their tall-timber in control.


  • AFL Capricornia 25.15-165

(Eilola 8, Wells 5, Wallin 3, Richards 3, King 3, Wood 2, Higgins 1)

Best: Kielly, Schofield, Richards, Eilola, Dempsey, Wallin.

  • AFL Mackay 5.4-34

(Thompson, Bell, Fortescue, Matthews 1)

Best: Thompson, Bell, Fortescue, Fazackerly, Reed.


Capricornia AFL player Steve Eilola in the representative AFL game against Mackay at Stenlake Park on Saturday.
OUTSTANDING: Gladstone Mudcrabs forward Steve Eilola kicked eight goals for Capricornia against Mackay. Chris Ison ROK010717cafl7

Yeppoon-based coach Craig O'Brien, who came to this region for two weeks work and loved it, said the sky was the limit for some of these boys.

"It was a very polished performance, very slick. It just shows our good players are very good," the ex-AFL small-forward said.

"Every player came together and wanted to represent their area.

"We have some terrific kids in this comp, so we must get them under the eyes of the scouts so they have the chance to play the highest footy they can.

"And this is the beginning of that. We had four 19-year-olds and a 17-year-old and they all looked sharp and belonged at this level."

Skipper Matt Wallin and leaders Tim Higgins and Steve Eilola (eight goals) did what they do best, Brett Woods turned in four great quarters, Sam Schofield was a consistent nightmare, Ben Dempsey superb, Brad Richards vital, you could go on for days.

But Isaac Kielly turned it on in dynamic fashion to take home the man of the match honours.

From the moment he arrived in Capricornia three months ago, development manager Peter Young has made it his mission to galvanise the rep side.

The weekend's result can be the evidence.

"Rep footy is fantastic and Peter has given it a new focus. It has changed to the area as a whole," O'Brien said.

"We want these blokes to play AFL - we have to get them to play in front of scouts.

"Get our players into the spotlight. I know we have some players who could make the state side.

"Yeppoon are the benchmark, but we just have to get the other clubs to catch up. They are closing in."

Meanwhile, It was a tight affair in the women's representative match but the result was still a win for the Capricornia side.

The Capricornia Women kicked three goals during the first quarter to open up an 11-point lead, but were kept scoreless during a tight second term as Mackay trailed by only four points at half-time.

Capricornia extended the lead to nine points at three-quarter time and kicked two more goals in the final quarter to secure a 7.2 (44) to 4.6 (30) win.

BITS Saints player Uma Brennan scored a goal for Capricornia and was also named among the top-five best performers in her side.

Six players from the Gladstone region were chosen in the Capricornia squad.