North East Australian Football League
13.05.2011 09:01 Age: 6 yrs


Important Bomber James Charlesworth rediscovered his best form last week in a great sign for the red and blacks.

James Charlesworth

Friday 13 May 2011

Local schoolteacher James Charlesworth gave Broadbeach a lesson in how to play AFL when the Redland Bombers stormed back onto the winners’ list last weekend, reports The Redland Times.


Charlesworth kicked five goals and was back to his skilful best as the Bombers recorded their biggest win in eight years, smashing the Cats 24.16 (160) to 8.8 (56) at Victoria Point.


So tight is the North East AFL competition that the victory took the Bombers from eighth to fifth, and they can consolidate their spot by beating Aspley at Graham Road tomorrow.


While local product Adam Mueller, inspirational skipper Phil Carse and ex-Lions Scott Clouston and Daniel Dzufer were outstanding against Broadbeach, it was Charlesworth’s change of fortune that pleased the coaching staff the most.


The former QAFL Rising Star award winner endured a slow start to the season, despite completing a huge pre-season.


“It was nice to get some touches and get a bit of confidence back,” Charlesworth admitted. “It had been a bit down.”


The 22-year-old spent plenty of time in the gym over summer adding strength to his wiry frame.


“I have tried to get the body a bit bigger,” he said.


Charlesworth will face plenty of stiff competition on Saturday against an Aspley side that is building momentum with successive wins over last year’s grand finalists Labrador and Morningside.


He could find himself opposed to Jeff Teale, a former member of the Ten Tenors singing group who has hit some high notes with his football this season at half-back.


Irrespective, Charlesworth won’t be taking anybody lightly.


“Aspley beat us there last time and hopefully we will have learnt a bit from that,” he said of a game that cost the Bombers a finals berth late last season.