SPRINGWOOD equalled last season’s effort of three wins when they downed Maroochy-Northshore by 10 goals at Fisherman’s Road on Saturday.
By Terry Wilson
On the back of a great effort from forward Jacob King, the Pumas marched home by 21.10 (136) to 11.6 (72).
King was in scintillating touch, kicking 10 goals and leaving club officials wondering how long it has been since a player kicked double figures in senior grade.
King is a former Springwood and Morningside junior whose father Tony was assistant coach to David Lake at Lowe Oval in 2005.
Football manager Adrian Wallin said King was a shining light in what was an average performance from the Pumas for two and a bit quarters.
“We finally got it going midway through the third quarter,” said Wallin.
The Pumas always had control, though, and led by 5.4 to 2.1 at quarter-time and by 8.4 to 5.3 at the big break.
Maroochy coach Roger Delaney was understandably disappointed by the performance of his Roos, who had been going encouragingly well in their previous appearances.
But without prime movers Kane Tyson and Tyson Williams, the side was strangely subdued, he said.
“We were ordinary all day and Springwood were better than I expected,” said Delaney.
“We had no desperation, no run. All season we either won or equalled contested but we were miles off yesterday.
“I could tell early we weren’t on. There was a lack of want to be in the contest.”
Springwood had King and half-backs Rob Raudino, Blake Wallis and Brayden Fitzpatrick as their best while for Maroochy, their stars were on-ballers Jarrod Gale and Declan Magill, along with 17-year-old first gamer Dylan Weikhardt, who kicked four goals as a forward.