Zillmere claims QWAFL Battle of the Birds

Zillmere claimed the inaugural Battle of the Birds QWAFL clash, in difficult conditions, defeating Coolangatta, 11.17 (83) – 0.2 (2).

The Eagles responded better to wet conditions than their opposition, and their strong running footy proved the difference.

Eagles coach, Jacob Simmons-Bliss was pleased with his team’s effort.

“After a physical match against Yeronga, we thought Coolangatta would be tough, but we didn’t give them an inch,” he said.

Zillmere’s Britt Downs, Ally Anderson and Yolanda Jones were strong through the midfield, giving the Eagles forwards plenty of strong delivery.

For the Bluebirds, youngster, Zoe Lattanzi, continued a strong season as her side’s best, playing through the midfield, while Naomi Simpson was strong in their backline.

The home side battled injuries in the loss, with no bench by the end of the game, but they fought hard against the undefeated Eagles.

Coolangatta coach, Lauren James, said her side couldn’t get enough of the footy on the slippery day.

“Zillmere were jut better on the day, but we did some solid running,” she said.

“Hopefully our next game will be a better one and we’ll have time to sort out our structures and we’ll get a full side back.”

Coorparoo had an emphatic win over UQ at home yesterday, 29.19 (192)  – 1.1 (7).

The Navy Roos’ clean possession and strong marking in the forward line proved the difference against the Red Lionesses.

Rising star, Maddie Protheroe, kicked eight for the winning side, while Rachel Smith showed her silky skills in the midfield, dodging defenders all day.

Coorparoo coach, Damien Richards, said his side showed plenty of improvement since their last match up against UQ, three weeks ago.

“We looked to cleaner with the footy and open up the play and we did,” he said.

For UQ, on-baller, Bre Koenen continues to emphasise her importance to the team, working tirelessly all day, while Chantal Beaudin added some grunt in her first run through the midfield.

Yeronga notched its fourth win of the season, 100- 1.1 (7) over Griffith Moorooka.

Griffith Moorooka coach, Vanessa Spiller was pleased with her backline’s efforts on the day under pressure.

“We kept them (Yeronga) very accountable in their forward line,” she said.

“Our backline was tighter than it’s been for a while.”

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