QAFA B Central
Jimboomba 17.4.106 defeated Woodsmen 8.4.52
When you open up six-goal advantage by quarter time in a final, you’re not going to lose too many.
For the second week in a row, the Redbacks went at the first quarter like a bull at a gate, setting the tone for the night.
They caught the Woodsmen on the hop early, who weren’t at their usual best in the middle, and were made to pay.
They fought back in the second half to even up the contest, but the game was in the books… Jimboomba weren’t letting this slip.
Martin bobbed up again with seven majors for the Redbacks; he is a major key for how far they go this year.
Look out UQ this week.
Zillmere 8.4.52 defeated UQ 4.9.33
It was tough, it was contested, and it was physical, but what else did we expect?
Both teams pride themselves on there work at the stoppages and their ability to win a one-one-one contest, so it was never going to be a quick, open affair.
While never comfortable, the Eagles controlled the second half to make sure of the victory, and the week off.
UQ had their chances early to skip away, but couldn’t find the big sticks, kicking 2.6 in the opening half.
When the Eagles gained the momentum, they captialised, booking a spot in the big dance.
Dan Dickfos, the Benjamin Button of the competition, was his outstanding self once again in the back half for Zillmere. Good luck stopping him in two weeks time.
QAFA B Sunshine Coast
Gympie 7.5.47 defeated by Maroochydore 8.8.56
The make or break point in this game was the first 25 minutes.
One term came to play; the other couldn’t get their hands on the pill.
The Roos kicked six of their eight goals for the game in the first quarter, while holding the Cats goalless.
A stunned Gympie side needed to respond in the second, but could only muster up 1.2.
The Cats came charging home late, a bit like their AFL namesake yesterday afternoon, kicking all three final quarter goals, but couldn’t bridge the gap.
The Roos booked a date with destiny this Saturday against Pomona.
Colts Division 1
Mt Gravatt 24.11.155 defeated Western Magpies 4.11.35
They went in as the best team in the comp, and they played like it.
Mt Gravatt was utterly dominant on Saturday, making sure they made the most of their minor premiership, booking a week off before the prelims.
The Magpies gave it their all early, and weren’t that far off the mark in the first half, but the second half was when the Vultures kicked into gear.
They kicked 17 goals to one, to storm home to an emphatic victory.
Maroochydore 14.7.91 defeated Southport 5.11.41
Maroochydore showed why they finished second on the ladder on Saturday, with a gutsy win over Southport.
The score line blew out late, but that didn’t reflect the game for the majority. It was a tight tussle, but the Roos just seemed to have the answers to the Southport challenges.
The game had a big pulse at three quarter time, but the Maroochydore runners got it on their terms in the last quarter, and put it on the scoreboard.
The Roos earn the week off, and Southport has to play for survival this week.
Caloundra 3.3.21 defeated by Aspley 13.13.91
There must be something in the air, because this was another win set up in the first quarter.
No, it wasn’t a huge advantage to Aspley at quarter time, only being 26-points, but it was the way the Hornets restricted Caloundra defensively that was telling.
They didn’t give them a sniff to be honest.
One scoring shot in the first, only another two in the second, they choked any Panther entry forward.
That meant when they put the afterburners on and went forward, any goal was worth its weight in gold.
It meant that by half time, the game was rubber stamped, and Aspley could ease into next week.
Stolz was incredible for the Hornets all over the ground, winning a ton of footy, and also bagging two majors.
Panthers live to fight another day.
Broadbeach 8.15.63 defeated Labrador 6.10.46
It was a special day for the Broadbeach footy club on Saturday, when they celebrated their 1996 premiership reunion, and the Colts made sure it started the right way.
There was nothing in it for the first three quarters, shown by the two-point advantage Labrador held at the final break, but when the game was there to be taken, the Cats stood up.
They kicked 3.8 in the last quarter to skip away to a 17-point win.
If they were a little bit more accurate, it could have been more. They will want to fix that up before next week.
Colts Division 2
Noosa 20.10.130 defeated Mayne 5.7.37
The sign of a great win is when a team extends their advantage in every quarter, and that’s exactly what Noosa did.
The game was still up for grabs at half time if Mayne could find a few early in the second half, but Noosa had other ideas.
They put the foot down in the third, kicked eight goals, while restricting Mayne to two points.
That put the game to bed, and Noosa through to week two.
10 goal kickers, and Fowles still kicking five told the story. They were on song.
UQ 6.5.41 defeated by Coorparoo 15.13.103
It’s the story of the week, a big first quarter laying the foundation for a comfortable win.
I said on Friday that winning form is good form for Coorparoo, and they rolled with it.
They held the Red Lions goalless in the first quarter, while jagging five themselves.
From there, they could really control the tempo in the middle, outmuscled UQ in the middle, and their forwards could get off the chain.
It was 50/50 going in, but Coorparoo showed they could be a dark horse in the division two finals.
In good touch.
By Andrew Wiles