By Beth NEwman
Logan City Cobras 4.5, 7.11, 10.11, 12.11 (83)
Beenleigh 2.2, 5.4, 8.9, 11.14 (80)
Logan picked up an upset win over Beenleigh, keeping their finals hopes alive.
The Cobras, sit in fourth, with seven wins this season, one of four teams in a congested middle section of the ladder.
Beenleigh sits in second place, also with seven wins.
Coomera 28.16 (184)
Carrara 3.2 (20)
Coomera picked up an important percentage boost, with a 164-point win over Carrara.
While the Magpies sit two games clear on the top of the ladder, there are four teams equal on seven wins below them, and every advantage they can get will be crucial for finals.
Fielding one of their strongest sides for the year against a young Carrara side, the Magpies’ experience showed in a complete performance.
Forward Blake Faulkner was monumental for the Magpies, taking 11 grabs in the forward 50.
What the coaches said:
Stuart Vimpany (Coomera):
“Our pressure footy was fantastic.”
“We put them under the pump, ground was pretty wet.”
“Our skills in the wet didn’t look like it was wet.”
“We adapted to the conditions pretty quickly. I’d say that’s the best footy we’ve played all year.”
“Everyone out their hand up and everyone contributed in their own way.”
Pine Rivers 19.11 (125)
Griffith Moorooka 13.15 (93)
Pine Rivers’ victory over Griffith was significant in more than just the competition ladder.
It was a crucial mental win for the Swans, who have struggled to win away from home this season.
Up against it from early in the match, losing Ash Roberts to a hamstring injury five minutes in.
The day looked to be getting worse for the Swans, with fullback Anthony Cameron rolling his ankle.
However, Cameron was moved to full-forward for a bit of relief and finished with six goals.
Ben Long (Pine Rivers):
“It was probably one of our better wins for the year, considering we lost a player.”
“Our biggest problem has been winning away from home.”
“We don’t play finals at the swans, so we needed to get better and learn to get the four points.”
“It gives us a bit of self belief, playing against a good side and still coming away with the win. That was the biggest thing we got out of it.”
Ipswich 4.2, 8.7, 14.10, 18.12 (120)
Calamvale 6.1, 6.2, 6.6, 9.7 (61)
Ipswich claimed an important victory over Calamvale on Saturday.
The Eagles remain a mathematical chance of making finals with the win, despite being two games off the logjam in the middle of the ladder.
Captain Luke Konstanciak was solid again, while Sam Wells was also strong for Ipswich.
Calamvale’s Justin Cooper did a super tagging job on Eagles danger man Michael Lyons, restricting him to two possessions in the second half.
It was a horror day for the Leopards, with three serious injuries to Josh Bennett (shoulder), Glen Hodgetts (ribs) and Luke Mills (ankle), severely limiting their rotations.
What the coaches said:
Michael Rush (Ipswich):
“To Calamvale’s credit, they were really good in the first and really put us under the pump.”
“It’s a tight comp but we’re a bit off the pace. We’re still a mathematical chance and we need to win four of our next five to play finals which we can do.”
“We’re good enough but it’s just if we can maintain our consistency against the good sides. It’s going to be a challenging month of footy for us.”
Brad Steven (Calamvale):
“That was our best quarter of footy for the year, it was a great start. ”
“I’m really proud of the way they applied themselves.”
“It was just a slight lapse that cost us the game. It was a really pleasing effort.”