Reds take first QWAFL win

Griffith Moorooka claimed its first QWAFL win of 2014, with a 42-point win over UQ.

The Reds burst out of the blocks with a three-goal first term, giving them a 15-point advantage, before stretching that to 23 points at the major break.

Helena Thong was very good for the Reds on the wing, while Samantha Virgo was among the best, despite a heavy tag.

Griffith Moorooka’s Jenna Van Dyk bagged three for her team, while UQ’s Anna O’Keeffe was the only other multiple goal scorer.

Griffith Moorooka coach, Vanessa Spiller, said it was great for her girls to break their 2014 duck.

“It was very exciting to have our first win of the season,”she said.

“Our backs were really able to keep the ball from penetrating at any depth, which meant a shorter passage than usual through our mids and forwards.

UQ coach, Michael Swann, said the loss was a missed opportunity for his side.

“This game was probably our first ever where we headed in as favourites, and I think our girls were caught off guard both by those expectations and a very physical Griffith Moorooka side,” he said.

“They (the players)  know that they can play much better than they did on Saturday, but they will learn from it and use it as motivation over the rest of the season.”

Marikki Watego was superb for the Red Lionesses while Emily Bowden continued to show improvement in her debut season.

Wilston Grange put up a solid fight against Yeronga, ultimately going down 12.13 (85) – 0.2 (2)

Yeronga coach, Fred Mellings, was impressed with the Gorillas’ defensive efforts.

“As quick as we got it forward, Wilston Grange brought it back out,” he said.

Grange fullback, Shannon Campbell, continued her impressive form in her debut year of senior football, standing up under a barrage of Yeronga attack,

Queensland representative, Emily Bates, was the best for the Devils, pushing forward as well as playing his midfield role.

Coorparoo extended its lead on top the ladder, with a 19.11 (125) – 3.4 (22) win over Coolangatta.

Emma Zielke kicked six for the Navy Roos, while Megan Hunt was their best.

Coorparoo coach, Damien Richards, said there  was still plenty of improvement left in his side.

“Coolangatta played well and linked up really well through the midfield with good run and handballs,” he said.

“Our girls lacked a lot of run, spread and didn’t open the play up much at all.”

Bluebirds coach, Lauren James, was proud of her charges’ efforts.

“The girls were excellent,” she said.

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“We played well and had great one on one defence.”

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