Navy Roos continue hold over Devils

Coorparoo continued its stronghold on rivals, Yeronga, with a 66-point QWAFL win.

With both sides missing a handful of players to the Queensland women’s team, playing in Tasmania, the Navy Roos’ depth shone through in the 11.11 (77) – 1.5 (11) win.

Stand-in Coorparoo coach, Marc Seen, said his charges used their opportunities well.

“Yeronga clogged space but we executed in times when we had some quick breaks,” he said.

“We used our bodywork in slippery conditions and didn’t let Yeronga get the ball easily.”

Coorparoo’s Maddie Protheroe booted five in the game, while soccer convert, Brooke Spence, was the team’s best, with an outstanding performance.

Devils coach, Fred Mellings, lamented his side’s slow start, which saw them trail by 46 points at half-time.

“We weren’t switched on, but after half time we had a go,” he said.

Youngster, Jade Ransfield, was the sole goal kicker for the Devils in the match, while Kylie Welsh stepped up in the absence of the team’s state representatives.

Zillmere took the opportunity to blood some younger players in their 13.9 (87) – 1.2 (8) win over Griffith Moorooka, but it was the performance of senior player, Madi Crowley, that was the highlight.

Eagles coach, Jacob Simmons-Bliss described Crowley’s performance as the best he’s seen from her in his time at the club.

“Madi was exceptional,” he said.

“That’s the best game I’ve seen her play.”

The Reds could take plenty of positives form the match, delivering an improved performance against one of the flag contenders, coach Vanessa Spiller said..

“We caught Zillmere napping in the first two minutes and managed to score some points and then put consistent pressure on them for the rest of the game,” he said.

Peita Hunter was the Reds’ best against Zillmere, while Chantelle Clark kicked the team’s only goal for the game.

Wilston Grange bounced back from a close loss to UQ, with a dominant 8.9 (57) – 2.3 (15) win over Coolangatta.

The Gorillas lead from the outset against the Bluebirds,  who were missing Leah Kaslar, Maddy Roberts and Nikki Wallace, who were selected for the Queensland state team.

Wilston Grange’s Mica Cubis was sensational for her team, playing an influential role in the ruck, while Amie Kelly, Kara Fabian and Courtney Daniec were standouts through the middle.

Gorillas coach, Ron Kemp, was pleased with the side’s improvement.

“You could really see the difference against Coolangatta,” he said.

“We ran and carried well and linked up as a result.”

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