IT’S fair to say that Springwood have a score to settle when they travel down the M1 for a rematch with Surfers Paradise.
By Terry Wilson
It was in round one that Surfers took a controversial win from the Pumas – after totals had been level on the scoreboard but subsequently changed by goal umpires to hand victory to the Demons by a point.
The Pumas camp claimed rival match officials, plus one goal umpire, had paperwork to say the game was a draw, but the other goal umpire ruled otherwise.
“So we’re pretty excited about another chance at Surfers after what happened then,” said football manager Adrian Wallin. “There’s a score to settle, as it were.”
Wallin revealed the Pumas had recorded that game, but the video battery ran out midway through the last quarter, so the club could not review the latter stages to see what actually happened.
The Pumas, who went really well before losing to Western Magpies last weekend, have only one change, losing Jye Hall and bringing in full-forward Adrian Sipple.
Surfers, on a high after winning under new coach Beau Zorko in their Gold Coast derby against Burleigh, have two changes.
The Demons have lost one-match permit ruckman Nick Barling and they omitted Luke Gavin.
Into the side are midfielder Mark Sanford and ruckman Ashley Freeman, up from the under-18s for his seniors debut.
There is a buoyant atmosphere in the camp after breaking a four-match losing streak has been excellent, Zorko said, but the club remembers well events of round one against Springwood.
“This week we have touched on the fact that round one was a one-point ball game, so we[re not taking it lightly – and we shouldn’t be taking it lightly anyway,” said Zorko.
“The feel and the mood has been good, there’s lots of energy around the club and we look towards further improvement from last week.”