SEQAFL U18 Div 1 Cup semi-finals review

By Simon Devine

1st Semi Final
Western Magpies v Noosa

Western Magpies got off to a dream start with eight scoring shots to two to head into the quarter time huddle three goals in front.

Noosa tried hard to peg back the lead in the second term but could only manage two goals, the Western Magpies heading into the long break four goals in front.

Noosa threw everything but the kitchen sink at the Magpies in the third term in an effort to get back within striking distance. But Noosa could only manage another two goal quarter with the magpies now extending their lead to 6 goals and leaving Noosa with a big challenge.

The last quarter was a very even competitive quarter with both teams kicking 3 goals each but the damage was done, The Western Magpies running out winners by 42 points.

Noosa were serviced well by Bradley Forbes and Nick Coombes with big Forward Jono Freeman kicking 4 goals.

Western Magpies had winners all over the ground with Brady Allen and Liam Zanchetta having outstanding games and Ryan Fletcher bagging four majors for the hot pies.

Whilst Noosa season was over the Magpies eagerly awaited to see who the loser of the second- semi Final, and their next opponent, would be.

The league Leading goal kicker and best and Fairest awards were announced in the break between games. 

The Leading Goal kicker for season 2012 was awarded to Hayden Smoothy from Maroochydore who kicked 38 goals during the home and away season.

Sandgate’s Tyler Arnott-Hollick was named Under 18 Div 1 Cup Best and Fairest for the second year running

2nd Semi Final
Sandgate v Maroochydore

Maroochydore were quick off the blocks kicking four goals straight.  Sandgate had their chances but only managed two goals from five scoring attempts, Maroochydore holding on to a slender nine point lead at quarter time.

The second term was more of the same with Maroochydore kicking another four goals for the quarter and Sandgate one goal five.  Having two weeks without a game may have hindered Sandgate’s accuracy in front of goal and they found themselves 24 points behind at the main break.

The third term saw a turnaround in the Hawks performance – they kicked three majors and restricted the Roos to two scoring shots.  The Hawks were getting a sniff with hopes of overrunning the Roos in the last quarter.

The final term was full of excitement with the ball going from end-to-end and players throwing themselves at everything.  In the end the Roos were too strong, clinching a thrilling four point win.

Clancy Miller and Griffin Douglass were great for the Roos with forward Nicholas Selman bagging three goals.

League Best and Fairest Tyler Arnott-Hollick was outstanding for the Hawks and Jack Kavanagh kicked three majors

This weekend sees the preliminary final between Sandgate and Western Magpies on  Saturday 1st September 9.30am at Surfers Paradise AFC.

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