By Beth Newman
Kedron 8.6, 12.13, 15.18, 22.19 (151)
Caboolture 1.1, 3.2, 4.3, 5.4 (34)
Kedron managed a percentage-boosting win over Caboolture, despite missing nine first-choice players.
The homeside were far from fielding their first choice 22, but showed their depth in the crucial win.
After an eight-goal to one opening term, Kedron were in the box seat for a win and dominated the possessions through the middle all day, keeping Caboolture well out of contention.
It wasn’t all positive for Kedron, though, with Alex Craft breaking his arm, an injury that will likely end his season.
With the win, Kedron now sits two games clear in fifth spot, with a finals spot that is theirs to lose.
James Debono (Kedron):
“It was a very important win to make sure we are heading the right direction for finals contention.”
“In the midfield and forward lien we were always first to the footy and then we brought it out very effectively and then set ourselves up well.”
“It just goes to show the depth of the team this year compared to last. I’ve been very impressed.”
“We’ve got nine blokes to come back in and the blokes that have been given the opportunity are really striving to improve to stitch up a position in the seniors.”
Caloundra 4.2, 7.5, 12.11, 16.13 (109)
Kenmore 1.2, 5.3, 6.3, 9.7 (61)
A strong second half handed Caloundra a comfortable win over Kenmore yesterday.
The Panthers were two goals up at half time, before kicking nine goals to four in the second half to run out 48-point winners.
Quinten Ross continued his solid form this season, with a bag of seven for the match, Jakob Richardson starred for the Panthers also.
Kenmore’s Sam Tremellan took a call up from the reserves with both hands, as one of the Bears’ best playing at fullback.
The result leaves Caloundra and Kenmore in seventh and eighth, respectively, both with 5-7 records.
What the coaches said
Tom Corless ( Kenmore):
“We defended reasonably well, however they had good run on the outside which carved us up a little bit.”
“The rest of the season is not about the results but how they go about it.”
“I don’t mind if we’re beaten by better sides, what we don’t’ handle is guys going through he motions and dropping our heads.”
Robina 3.6, 12.8, 17.12, 19.20 (134)
Hornets 4.3, 5.6, 7.8, 12.8 (80)
Robina continues to prove its status as the competition benchmark, after a win over Aspley.
The Hornets, who have been among the best sides this season, were blown away by the Roos’ nine-goal second term.
That second-quarter domination proved the difference for Robina, in what needed up as a handy percentage booster for the ladder leaders.
Glen Baker and Ashley Sharrock led the way for Robina, while superstar Korey Fulton kicked six.
For the Hornets, full back Jakob Jones battled Fulton all day and was one of his side’s best.
The result keeps the Roos in top spot, while the Hornets slip to fourth.
What the coaches said:
Mark Vigus (Robina):
“It was definitely a danger game, so for to walk away with the four points, we’re definitely happy with that.”
“We’ve got a lot to work on but when you walk away and get a nine-goal win, definitely satisfied with that.”
“It gives us confidence to know we’re still thereabouts with the better teams and with only four games to go, gives us the opportunity to get some run into a lot of guys legs running into finals.”
Adam Holland (Aspley):
“We went there with confidence and the margin wasn’t what we wanted but for three quarters we played a reasonable standard.”
We let ourselves down in the second and that was a pretty tough deficit to make up for the remainder of the match.”
“Played some decent patches our pressure for the three quarters was at an acceptable level.”
“It puts us in a better position knowing how they go about their business. It shows where we’re at against the benchmark and the gap we need to make up.”
“It we want to be competitive come finals time, we need to be competitive against those sorts of teams.”
Coorparoo Kings 5.5, 11.7, 13.10, 16.14 (110)
Redcliffe 4.0, 6.2, 7.2, 9.4 (58)
Coorparoo has picked up where it left off before the bye, with a solid win over Redcliffe on Saturday.
The Kings’ victory was their sixth straight and reinforces their status as a team to beat.
Tobi Spencer kicked four for the Kings in the win, while Scott Henderson was one of the visitors’ best.
Redcliffe’s Joshua Bond was a shining light for his side, while James Niven booted three majors.
Alex Hills 24.18 (162)
Wynnum 3.3 (21)
Alex Hills handed out another thrashing to Wynnum, running out 141-point winners.
The Bombers looked to the future in the match, blooding a number of U18 players from both last year and this year, with a view to long-term development.
With that win under their belt, the Bombers are on 6-6 with four weeks to go, sitting in ninth position.
Wynnum is still looking for its first win of 2013.
What the coaches said:
Graham Henwood (Alex Hills):
“We utilised the opportunity to try and build depth in our squad by playing several of our U18s from last year and this year.”
“I feel its important ot have depth if we want to play consistent football over the entire season.
“Sometimes you need to be realistic about where you are in the season and start to look beyond just the next game. When our time comes, we want our group to be well prepared to win big games.”
Nambour 11.11 (77)
Yeronga 18.12 (120)
Yeronga took on the toughest road trip of the competition and won, with a 43-point defeat of Nambour.
The Devils’ big recruits again shone for the visitors led by Shaun Mugavin, who finished with seven majors.
Nambour’s Ben Hughes was the best for the home side.
Yeronga now sits in third, while Nambour slips to seventh, with four games left.
What the coaches said:
Chris Ryan (Yeronga):
“I thought our accountability in the second half was the thing that got us over the line.
“We had better ball use and Mugsy kicked seven again and that forward target was probably the difference in the end.”
“ Our ball use under pressure has got to improve. We can’t turn the ball over against the better sides.”