QAFL WRAP: Palm Beach book a date with Pies

Palm Beach Currumbin 5.5,  9.8,  13.13,  15.14  (104)
Mt Gravatt 1.2,  3.5,  5.8,  7.11  (53)

Palm Beach are off to a prelim, thanks to a resounding win over Mt Gravatt today.

They were clinical for four quarters, winning the 50/50 ball, and getting the Vultures on the spread.

What we learnt:
1. Tom Thynne is as good as his brother: There has been a lot of talk around Steve Thynne this year, but today, Tom showed he is as good. He is silky, he is agile, and he steps around blokes like they are wearing cement boots. Best on ground today by a mile.

2. Jacob Dawson will be elite: SUNS fans, it’s time to get excited, because Academy member Jacob Dawson, who is still 16, was unreal today. Skilled on both sides of his body, and great when the ball is on the deck, he is going to be a player to watch for a long time.

3. When Josh Woolley wheels onto the left, great things happen: Yes alright, I guess we all know how good of a left peg he has, but it’s still breathtaking to watch. If he is given enough space to run five metres and pump it long, Palm Beach score nine times out of 10.

4.  Jarryd Douglas could have the most talked about shoulder in the league: He kicked four first half goals before a big hit right on the point of the shoulder ended his day just before the long break. All eyes will be on his recovery this week. I reckon he should be okay next week, but the six-day break will be a challenge.

5. All is not lost for Mt Gravatt: Today just wasn’t there day. They couldn’t find a way to get into the game, but it shouldn’t leave a sour taste in the mouths of Vultures fans. They have been excellent this year, and with a youthful list, should only get better in 2017.


Coaches thoughts:
Chad Owens – Palm Beach Currumbin

Brad Pollock – Mt Gravatt

“It’s always disappointing to bow out, but we just weren’t good enough today.

“We were on the back foot early, we couldn’t hit a target, we fumbled and they took full advantage. Full credit to them, that’s why they were on top most of the year.

“No excuses for us, we were one short of best team, we had the cattle but just were a bit flat.

“2016 was always about making finals. We achieved that, but had a real opportunity if the breaks went our way of making the big dance.

“We laid the foundation, increased our depth, just got to keep building  on the work we have done”




By Andrew Wiles

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