By Ant Wingard @AntWingard
Mt Gravatt Vultures v Broadbeach Cats
Mt Gravatt: 1.2 5.5 10.8 13.9 (87)
Broadbeach: 2.2 5.4 6.6. 12.7 (79)
Goals: Mt Gravatt: J. Bain 4, J. Licht 3, J. Huddy, J. Coghlan, J. Leahy, D. Roulstone, R. Estall, H. Taylor. Broadbeach: M. Fowler 4, N. Burton 3, X. McMahon 2, S. Watson, K. Sheers, R. Blood.
Best: Mt Gravatt: J. Bain, T. Carbone, J. Craven, J. Leahy, H. Taylor, J. Licht. Broadbeach: B. Erickson, X. McMahon, D. Eames, S. Watson, R. Pantic, R. Blood.
Mt Gravatt has withheld a fast-finishing Broadbeach side to leapfrog the Cats and move into first place in the QAFL standings following their eight-point victory at Dittmer Park in Round 4.
The Vultures held on after the Cats booted five of the game’s last seven goals to claim their fourth straight win and maintain their perfect record on the year.
When Cat Matt Fowler converted his chance – his third goal of the quarter – with less than ten minutes left in the game, the margin was culled to just three points; Broadbeach establishing a monopoly on the game’s momentum.
But Mt Gravatt hero Jonah Licht saved the day, kicking two late goals, including the final one after the siren to seal the Vultures’ victory.
Mt Gravatt head coach Daniel Webster was pleased his side won the affair and start the year 4-0 after what appeared a challenging coaching initiation.
“We had a pretty tough draw heading into the season so to be four and zip is amazing. It’s a credit to the boys who have put a lot of hard work in. It’s good to get some results,” Webster told aflq.com.au.
“Broadbeach are a good, hard running side and we were trying to get that balance right in getting our attack right and being able to slow them down a bit. I think we were working a little bit harder. Our midfield was up and about.”
Both sides had their fair share of momentum throughout the most anticipated matchup of the round. Broadbeach drew first blood in the opening term; soaring out to a 12-2 lead before Licht pegged the margin back to a goal before quarter time.
Mt Gravatt managed the fast start in the second quarter, registering majors through Joel Leahy, Jordan Bain and D Macdonald. But Broadbeach would again win the second quarter, kicking four goals after the 20-minute mark to take the an 11-poitn win into the main break.
The premiership quarter fell the way of the Vultures – the only time Mt Gravatt won a quarter in the game despite prevailing overall. Kai Sheers was the lone Broadbeach goal kicker in the third term in a sea of five Vulture goal kickers.
Heading into the tight final quarter, Mt Gravatt had established a 26-point buffer before Broadbeach, led by Fowler, mounted their comeback; eventually falling agonisingly short.
Palm Beach Currumbin Lions v Western Magpies
Palm Beach Currumbin: 3.3 7.6 10.11 12.16 (88)
Western Magpies: 3.4 5.6 8.8 11.9 (75)
Goals: Palm Beach Currumbin: J. Douglas 7, N. Robertson, B. Askey, D. Neuhaus, T. Thynne, T. Cornish. Western Magpies: S. Copland 5, R. Harwood 2, B. Saunders 2, J. De Winter, K. Reed.
Best: Palm Beach Currumbin: T. Cornish, J. Douglas, J. Burge, B. Askey, A. McKenzie, L. McNally. Western Magpies: S. Copland, R. Harwood, D. Mitchell, D. Lawrence, M. Davis, M. Stallard.
Palm Beach Currumbin has continued their winning ways with a narrow 13-point victory over a gallant Western Magpies side in Round 4.
With the win, the Lions maintain their perfect record on the year having won in their first three contests and are one of the competition’s two remaining undefeated sides.
The same can’t be said for the Magpies, who remain winless on the year despite the black and white side threatening their opponents the whole way through every game this season. The Magpies have continued last year’s worrying trend of close losses, going down to the top three sides by a combined total of just 6 goals.
In his first game this season, Sam Copland bagged a team-high five goals to draw his side within three goals of the reigning premier, booting a goal in each quarter of the game.
The Magpies threatened the reigning premiers in the opening term as the two clubs went toe-to-toe with three goals apiece – the away side holding a one-point margin at the first break.
In the absence of John Anthony, Jarryd Douglas was superb, kicking a game-high seven goals in the game; four of which came in the middle two quarters as the Lions gradually built their lead.
But as the Lions’ tried to will themselves further in front, the Magpies never relented and remained hot on their heels to kick the last three goals of the match. The late withdrawal of David Lewis with a lower leg injury certainly hurt the away side and will provide ongoing concerns in this week’s must-win matchup with Surfers Paradise.
Along with Douglas, Tyler Cornish & Jason Burge led from the middle while Brock Askey continued his strong season of redemption collecting plenty of the football.
The win catapults Palm Beach Currumbin to second place on the ladder; the same position they won the premiership from in 2017, while the Western Magpies remain in eighth place.
Labrador Tigers v Wilston Grange
Labrador: 6.3 10.7 14.9 18.13 (121)
Wilston Grange: 4.7 7.9 9.12 13.14 (92)
Goals: Labrador: B. Retzlaff 4, J. Goldsmith 3, T. Thorsen 2, A. Clarke 2, C. Mullins 2, B. Pitcher, J. Howard, A. Hollis, C. Talbot, J. Graham. Wilston Grange: H. Milford 5, D. Warren 2, A. Chapman 2, R. Copeland, C. Luers, D. Henderson, N. Dickson.
Best: Labrador: D. Budarick, B. Carter, W. Mills, B. Retzlaff, J. Goldsmith, J. Graham. Wilston Grange: A. Hughes, H. Milford, D. Henderson, T. Bertola, S. Gribble, A. Chapman.
Labrador etched win number one of the season in a Saturday afternoon shootout with Wilston Grange at Cooke-Murphy Oval; the Tigers prevailing 29-point victors in the contest.
After a string of three losses to open their 2018 account, the Tigers pounced with a clinical four-quarter performance where the home side kicked a minimum of four goals in each period.
Wilston Grange were gallant in defeat, producing their second-highest score of the season but ultimately lacked the killer instincts of their opponents. The Gorillas have now slumped to three straight defeats but still in sixth place – one spot above Labrador – on the ladder.
It was evident early that both sides were there to play, as ten goals were kicked between the two teams in a fast opening quarter.
Tom Thorsen opened Labrador’s account early and youngster Corey Mullins added their second before Wilson Grange finally kicked into gear. The two sides continued to trade blows until the quarter time siren with the Tigers holding an eight-point lead at the final break.
The Tigers were able to render the Gorillas’ attack in the following two quarters as Wilston Grange could manage just five goals to eight until three-quarter time.
The dominant half from Labrador either side of the main break would be the catalyst for the win. The game evened up in the final term, with both sides’ producing four goals, however the four-goal buffer the Tigers established was enough to hold on to the win.
Surfers Paradise Demons v Sandgate Hawks
Surfers Paradise: 4.2 7.8 8.14 12.20 (92)
Sandgate: 2.2 3.3 3.5 7.6 (48)
Goals: Surfers Paradise: N. Corbett 5, K. Ford 2, J. Curtis 2, J. Matulis, J. Tooma, C. Haberfield. Sandgate: C. Stackelberg 2, A. Fabian 2, K. Dennis, J. Patching, L. Harris.
Best: Surfers Paradise: H. Newton, C. Haberfield, J. Prestegar, J. Taylor, J. Foster, N. Corbett. Sandgate: M. Crawley, D. Affleck, J. Maynard, K. Dennis, C. Stackelberg, J. Gray.
Surfers Paradise returned to the winner’s list with a comfortable 49-point over Sandgate in Round 5, consolidating the Demons’ finals hopes after their loss last weekend.
The Demons now sit fourth on the ladder, holding a two-game buffer over fifth placed Morningside.
After playing out in a draw in the last matchup between the two sides, Surfers Paradise was quick to ensure that wouldn’t be the case this time around, kicking four opening quarter goals to establish a 12-point buffer at the main break.
Skipper, Aaron Fabian did his best to keep Sandgate within arms’ reach, but a Demons’ onslaught, which saw the home side boot four goals to one throughout the middle stages of the game, but the Hawks’ struggled to convert their chances on the scoreboard.
Sandgate mounted a comeback in the final term, starting the fourth quarter with a 39-point margin in their way, but ramped up the pressure to create more opportunities down forward. The Hawks booted four of the next five goals, drawing the margin within five goals before late steadiers to the Demons.
However for all of their endeavour, Surfers Paradise’ experience paid dividends as Cass Haberfield, Josh Matulis and Kain Ford seized their opportunities reextend the margin back out.
Inaccuracy was perhaps Surfers Paradise’s biggest enemy, as the home side butchered their chances at the goal. The Demons tracked at just 37.5% goal kicking accuracy on the weekend from their 32 chances.
Demons forward Noa Corbett bagged five goals in his return to the side, while Harris Newton again stood up in the ruck to provide the Demons with first-use throughout the day.