Gorillas widen QWAFL gap

Wilston Grange gave themselves some breathing space in fourth spot, with a QWAFL win over Griffith Moorooka.

The Gorillas sit two games clear in fourth spot after the 11.3 (69) – 2.3 (15) win.

In her first match in six weeks, Grange’s Katie McGlade was a standout in the forward line, finishing with five goals, while Charlotte Johnson continued her impressive year on the half-forward line.

Gorillas coach, Ron Kemp, said his team’s finishing was improved on previous weeks.

“We still carried the ball well, but this week we were able to convert our hard work,” he said.

“Our girls put in the extra effort to get the ball down the field.”

Sam Virgo was the best for Griffith Moorooka , while Emma Thomson took some clean marks.

Yeronga stayed within reach of a top two spot, with a comfortable win over UQ, 25.13 (163) – 2.0 (12).

Yeronga’s Hayley Newberry was sensational for her side early, as the Devils raced to a 102-poitn half-time lead.

UQ fought back in the second half, with Red Lionesses coach, Michael Swann, pleased with their lift in intensity as the game wound down.

“The girls certainly improved each quarter, and the positivity they brought to the game in the second half made a noticeable difference,” he said.

“With a young team, we are looking to develop each week and each time we play and this certainly showed throughout the duration of the match.”

Emily Bowden was a revelation for the UQ side, thrown into centre half-back, bringing some valuable speed to  her team’s defence, while Marnie McGorm was strong in the midfield in her return to the team.

Coolangatta pushed flag contenders, Zillmere, all the way in a competitive outing at O’Callaghan Park, with the Eagles coming out 10.4 (64) – 5.6 (36) winners.

The match was a far cry from the teams’ last match up, in which the Bluebirds went goalless, with Coolangatta showing plenty of improvement, despite losing a number of players to injury.

In only her second game, Kate McCarthy was one of the Gold Coasters’ best, while youngster Zoe Lattanzi coped well with a positional shift to the back line.

Eagles coach, Jacob  Simmons-Bliss, said it was good to get the win after a relatively sluggish start from his players.

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