Just as the Seniors have been a traditionally strong club, the Morningside Juniors have a long history of sustained high performance. The last few years has seen the club steadily build on its participation levels through excellent development programmes. Morningside is one of the strongest clubs within the Brisbane Juniors football league and the growth rates confirm the club’s strong development plan and ongoing potential. It is also noted that the inner suburban demographics suggest that Morningside is well placed to capture the ongoing population growth of the inner Brisbane Southside.
Junior Club Team Success
The club has a strong history of team performance with many premierships having been won in various age groups. In recent years, the Under 18’s won the Division One premiership in 1999 and in 2003 were runners up. In 2003 our Under 12 and 16 teams were seeded in the premier divisions for their respective age competitions and remained extremely competitive all season despite not making the finals, while the Under 14’s were runners up in the 2nd Division.
As testimony to the strength of the club in 1998 Morningside won the AFLBJ Club Championship and in 1999 were runners up.
Junior Club Individual Successes
Morningside Juniors has been extremely successful in developing football talent; our two most noted successes are Michael Voss (Brownlow medallist & Premiership Captain) and his brother Brett ex Lions and now St Kilda AFL player. Also in 2001 one of our ex-Juniors, Michael Davis was drafted by the then reigning AFL premiers, Essendon.
Paul Shelton was a Rookie with the Brisbane Lions having been an All-Australian under 18 who captained Queensland and won the state’s best player award at last year’s national championships. Paul was also skipper at under-16 and under-15 level, having represented the Maroon jumper from the age of 12. He played in the under 18s state team as a 17-year-old. He played in the Morningside reserves premiership side two years ago, and was one of the senior side’s better players in the last month of the 2002 AFLQ premiership season.
In local football we have produced many Junior Qld State players. Morningside players continue to be well represented in the Bushrangers and other Brisbane regional representative teams. We are extremely proud of the attitude of the Morningside boys in these teams and they epitomise the dedication and discipline we are trying to instill into our young players as they tackle life in general and also their football ambitions.