Eagles soar in drought breaking QWAFL win

Zillmere broke through a major milestone on Saturday, claiming its first win over Yeronga in its history.

In the first weekend of the split Round 13, the Eagles nabbed a 7.5 (470 – 5.5 (35) win, lifting the monkey off their back.

Before the match, Yeronga was the only team Zillmere had not beaten this season and Eagles coach, Jacob Simmons-Bliss said it was a great feeling to finally snap their losing streak.

“It was very exciting to get the monkey off the back,” he said.

“It was a huge confidence booster.

“Our run and carry and defensive efforts were the best they’ve been all year and that’s what won us the game.”

Rachael Anstey was the best for the Eagles in their win, while Tayla Harris slotted five goals.

Yeronga’s Caitlin Collins was a standout for her team, before struck down with an injury, while fellow defender Heidi Thompson worked hard in the backline, kept busy by Harris.

Wilston Grange looks finals bound after a solid win over Griffith Moorooka,6.4 (40) – 1.1 (7).

After both teams went goalless in the first quarter, the Gorillas found their feet, with two goals in each remaining quarter.

Gorillas coach, Ron Kemp, said his team looked especially dangerous when they took the game on.

“Once we opened the game up and ran away with te football, we were able to score goals,” he said.

“The game was a little bit patchy but when we stayed a way from scrappy contests, it showed on the scoreboard.”

Charlotte Johnstone lead the way with three majors for Wilston Grange while Amy Kelly was the side’s best on ground.

Reds coach, Vanessa Spiller, said her team showed improvement in the match, which was a closer encounter than their previous clash.

“WE played more cohesively and consistently throughout the game,” she said.

The remainder of Rd 13 will be played next week.

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