SEQAFL Div 2 Round 1 Review

Featured match of the week: Redcliffe vs. Caboolture

Redcliffe                                  6.11  (47)
Caboolture                              5.11  (41)

Redcliffe claimed the 2013 Councillors Cup over Caboolture in dismal conditions on Saturday, 6.11.47– 5.11.41.

The Tigers claimed the early ascendency in the rain, keeping Caboolture goalless until part way through the second term.

It was tough going for both teams through the match, with Redcliffe player Bryan Edland red-carded in the second, leaving the Tigers down to 17 mean.

Caboolture had concerns of its own, after Blake Wilson suffered an ankle injury just before half time.

The Lions came back in the second half, and the ball was parked in their forward line in the dying minutes of the match.

Half-back Nick Spring was a rock for the Tigers throughout the match, crucial in holding off the Lions’ attacking barrages.

Redcliffe coach Steve Jenkins said he was feeling the nerves as the Lions edged their way back into the contest.

“Definitely, [I was nervous}. When the game’s that close, points matter,” he said.

“But, it’s really good for the playing group to be able to confirm to themselves that they’ve got the ability to dig in and hold on.

“We’ve got a bit of a history in the last couple of years of winning close games and that can be what allows you to make the finals, those couple of extra wins.”

Caboolture coach Graham O’Brien said he would not dwell too much on the loss.

“We don’t take too much out of that.”

“I mean if they were outclassed [it would be different].  I don’t think they were outclassed.

“Wet weather’s not our cup of tea and to Redcliffe’s credit, they played the conditions well.”

Around the grounds:

Alexandra  Hills vs. Aspley
Alexandra Hills                         2.1, 5.1, 7.4,  7.4  (46)
Hornets                                 2.2, 3.2, 5.5,  6.5  (41)

Alexandra Hills defeated Aspley, 7.4 (46)  – 6.5 (41) in another scrappy match.

The Bombers managed to hang on for the win despite being held scoreless in the second half.

Alexandra Hills – Graham Henwood
“It was a very physical, tough encounter for both teams.”

“The boys worked fairly hard in the pre-season, so it was good for them to get that reward.”

“We showed a lot of character.  That’s something we’ve lacked in the past. It was good to see the guys really fight to win a game.”

Aspley – Adam Holland

“It was obviously disappointing not to get the four points but I wasn’t disappointed with the effort.”

“We just didn’t execute the skills as well as Alex [Hills].”

“Conditions played a part but we don’t make any excuses.”

“Round one’s round one – we’ve got another game under the belt We don’t forget about it, we look to improve.”

“We look forward to a cracker game against Coorparoo next week.”

Caloundra vs. Nambour

Caloundra                               2.1,  3.4,  4.8,  6.9  (45)
Nambour & Hinterland      2.2,  3.3,  3.5,  3.9  (27)

Caloundra was another side that had a perfect introduction into the Division Two competition.

After coming up from Division Four North, the Panthers notched up an opening win over Nambour, winning 6.9 (45) -3.9 (27) in a weather-affected match.

Jimmie Cuppa kicked three of the Panthers’ six goals, leading the scoring for the match.

It was all Caloundra after half-time after a tight start, with the Panthers holding Nambour goalless in the second half.

Caloundra – Russell Evans

“The young players got better as the day went.”

“I thought we were pretty disciplined in the way that we played in the wet weather. We stuck to the things we needed to.”

“We’ve got a few things to work on, namely consistency. We need all the players to play four quarters rather than just two.”

Nambour – Ben Stanley

“We had a lot of good contributors, both young and old. The intensity and effort was there.”

“There were a couple of silly 50 metre penalties, and those seem like 150 on a wet day.”

“We’ve got so many new players, so it’s going to take a while to gel”

Wynnum vs. Robina

Wynnum                  1.2 (8)
Robina                    24.19 (163)

Robina notched up the biggest win of the round, defeating Wynnum, 24.19.163 – 1.2.8 on Saturday.

The Roos’ Corey Fulton kicked seven in the dominant display.

Wynnum had a number of players missing and will be looking for redemption in their round two match against Yeronga on Saturday.

Wynnum Vikings – Darren Ferguson

“They’re going to be the benchmark of the competition.”

“Not really (any positives). The only positive is that was the first we had all played together and had the opportunity to implement our game plan.”

“It’s going to be a difficult year. We’re a really young playing group and they’re still learning the game plan that I’ve implemented over the last couple of months.”

“Of the first 10 goals, seven were from direct turnovers in the back hald. If  we can erase those sorts of errors, we ‘ll be okay.”

Robina Roos – Mark Vigus

“It’s always a real unknown leading into Round One and we definitely weren’t expecting that [margin].”

“Whilst it was a good win, as soon as we got off we spoke about it and now we think about Round two.”

“You walk away with four points but it’s only round one and now we’ve got to go out and do it all again.”

Yeronga vs. Kenmore

Yeronga South Brisbane   5.2,  7.3,  13.8,  18.12  (120)
Kenmore                                 3.4,  7.4,  9.7,  13.8  (86)

Yeronga’s big name recruits had an immediate impact for last year’s wooden spooners as they kicked off their 2013 campaign, with a 18.12.120-13.8.86 win over Kenmore.

Former Brisbane Lion, Tim Notting, played his first game for the club and kicked three, while Morningside veteran, Shaun Mugavin, was also impressive.

The stand out for the Devils in the big win was former Noosa player, Brett Duke.

The win was Yeronga’s first over the Bears in two years.

Yeronga – Chris Ryan

“In the first half, we were doing the simple things wrong and I think we were just trying to play dry-weather footy.”

“Tim [Notting] was sensational and Mugsy (Shaun Mugavin) finished with 2.6, so he had his chances.”

“They both joined the club with great reputations and have led the way in training application.”

“We think that we can only get better. We’ve got the game plan to finish in the top five.”

Kenmore – Tom Corless

“I was very proud of the boys today, it was a full-team effort.”

“I just think we were a bit stand offish at the start. We need to jump on at the deep end from the get go, We allowed them to dictate to us.”

“Overall, the defensive skills were superb. Generally, errors were panic decisions not so much skill errors.

“Gettting caught in awkward positions cost us, and making those mistakes against guys who have played a lot of state league foot – they’re critical errors.”

Coorparoo vs. Kedron

Poor weather conditions forced Coorparoo to call off their scheduled match against Kedron.

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