By Ant Wingard@AntWingard
Photo: David Layden Photography
Coolangatta Tweed v Maroochydore
Coolangatta: 2.2 3.5 5.6 6.6 (42)
Maroochydore: 0.1 0.4 1.6 3.8 (26)
Goals: Coolangatta: B. McFarlane 2, L. James, T. Daly, G. Moodie, T. Houchen. Maroochydore: C. Gregory, G. Doherty, M. Banks.
Best: Coolangatta: L. Turney, B. Brymer, K. Membrey, A. Powell, Z. Lattanzi, T. Houchen. Maroochydore: L. Crane, R. Crack, C. Gregory, K. Duggan, T. Gesch, J. Cottrell.
Coolangatta Tweed have banished their mid-season yips with an emphatic Round 9 victory over Maroochydore on Saturday by 16-points.
The Bluebirds produced a true four-quarter effort against the Roos to break their string of two losses, with the team now well poised to make a finals tilt. Following the win, the side sit third on the QWAFL standings but trail second-placed Coorparoo by less than two percent.
Coolangatta held Maroochydore goalless throughout the entire first half, kicking two opening term goals themselves before adding another in the second. By the time the siren sounded for the main break, the Bluebirds’ demolition was in top gear, with the side recording four more scoring opportunities than their counterparts across the opening two stanzas.
Maroochydore finally kicked their first goal of the game in the third term through Chloe Gregory, however the damage has already been done. Further majors to the Bluebirds extended the margin to 18 at the final break.
The Roos managed to win back some pride in the final term, outscoring Coolangatta two goals to one in the final term, with Marybeth Banks and Georgia Docherty scoring their fourth and sixth respective goals of the season.
Three teams now all sit equal on four wins in the competition, with Coorparoo, Coolangatta, and Bond University all jostling for second place in the standings. But a bye round next week could see the Bluebirds fall to the bottom of that pack.
Maroochydore face another challenge in Round 10 with a matchup against the Kings.
Wilston Grange v Bond University
Wilston Grange: 0.1 4.4 7.4 9.8 (62)
Bond University: 0.1 0.2 0.2 1.3 (9)
Goals: Wilston Grange: A. Kelly 2, M. Peeters 2, J. Abbott, B. Clark, L. David, M. Campbell, S. Wheeler, C. Daniec. Bond University: T. Park.
Best: Wilston Grange: A. Kelly, I. Dawes, C. Svarc, C. Daniec, B. Gibson, E. Gerke. Bond University: T. Perry, T. Park, L. Bella, K. Smith, C. Hynes, A. Evans.
Wilston Grange has continued their winning streak with a dominant win over Bond University, with the Gorillas coasting to a 53-point victory over the fourth placed Bullsharks over the weekend.
The Gorillas’ win streak has now been extended to an unprecedented eight games – the fifth longest undefeated run in the QWAFL’s history following the realignment following the 2013 season.
Only two teams, Coorparoo on three occasions, and Coolangatta once, have produced winning streaks longer than Wilston Grange in 2018 as the Gorillas continue their push into uncharted territory.
The victory against Bond University didn’t come easy in the opening term, as both sides arm-wrestled for early opportunities. Both the Gorillas and Bullsharks struggled to hit the scoreboard, ending the term with just one behind apiece.
Following the break, and with the Gorillas firmly into gear, the home side booted four goals to none in a rampant fourth quarter.
In the 20 minutes between the sirens for quarter and half time, Wilston Grange had raced away to a 26-point lead and by three quarter time, that number had reached 44.
Bond University scored just one behind between their opening quarter tug-of-war with the Gorillas and their breakthrough goals in the last minute of the game.
In that time, Wilston Grange piled on nine goals to none, producing mammoth 19 scoring opportunities as the side ran away for yet another victory.
A last ditched effort from Bullshark Tara Park finally got the away side on the goal scorers list with a creative soccer goal just minutes before the final siren.
Following the win, Wilston Grange will now earn a well-deserved rest with the bye this weekend, while Bond University will aim to return to the winners list against the University of Queensland.