Allied Pickfords Cup: The Six Points

By Beth Newman

1. UQ continues a season of what ifs.

The students proved their capabilities, once again pushing flag contenders, Springwood, to the brink on Saturday. With one of their strongest sides in weeks, the Red Lions showed why they were elevated to Division one this season. They could very well have notched up more than the two wins they have with a more consistent line-up this season. Unlucky with injuries and availability, UQ should be a danger side in the final three weeks of the season.

2. Jack Ryan is a gun

The Coolangatta forward has been a barometer for his side all year, and when he’s firing the Blues are odds on for victory. In an incredible 11-goal haul, the equal-highest of any this season, Ryan proved his value to the side. In a mid-table side, Ryan is third in the league’s leading goalkickers this season, despite a quiet period in the middle of the season.

3. Palm Beach needs to kick straighter

The Magpies might have come home stronger, but Palm Beach were left to rue a multitude of missed opportunities in their seven-point loss. They have class across the ground but have consistently struggled to kick accurate scores for much of the year.  Never has it been more costly than on Saturday, when it caused them to give up top spot to Springwood. With so many teams in contention for finals, the Lions need to sort their wayward kicking out, or it could cost them a lot more than jut the minor premiership.

4. Surfers’ defence is solid

Surfers’ win over Grange was a massive win for their defence.  In a low-scoring second term, the Demons managed to dominate through the middle and prevented Grange from having almost any scoring opportunities. Once they started converting ,they ran away with the game, but their scoreboard momentum was built off some incredible grunt work.

5. Weyba Rd is a fortress no longer.

The intimidation factor of the Sunshine Coast trip has been very much dulled this season. The Tigers have fallen all but one time at their Weyba Rd home base, including last weekend’s 108-point loss to Mayne. It might not last long, but Noosa is more than beatable at home in 2013.

6. Tom Overington has more than one weapon in his artillery

Before last weekend, 19 year-old tom Overington had proven his midfield ability. A tough in and under player, the oungster had built a reputation on his determination and courage. But, he showed he’s not jut a one-trick pony, slotting six goals when coach, Rob Dickfos, threw him forward for a rest – all in the last quarter! With that capability, Overington is certain to be a long-term leader at the Hawks.

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