Sunday saw the PBC Lions making the short trip up the Gold Coast Highway to Broadbeach to take on the Cats. The weather was great and by the time the senior game had started a good size crowd was building in anticipation of the clash of two traditional Gold Coast rivals.
The reserves game provided a top quality curtain raiser and it was a close affair with Broadbeach managing to hold off the slow starting Lions by 9 points.
The senior game was a belter. It was highly competitive and both teams displayed some great passages of play.
The Lions got away to a flyer kicking 7 goals in the first quarter and it looked at that stage like it could be a long day at the office for the Cats. But to their credit Broadbeach fought back hard in the second quarter and PBC squandered an opportunity to capitalise on their first quarter dominance.
From halftime onwards it was essentially an arm wrestle and it could have gone either way midway through the last quarter. However, PBC dug deep and battled hard for a well deserved 8 point win.
Josh Woolley was sensational for the Lions, continuing his great form in 2015, along with Liam McNeven, who is really pushing a claim to being one of the better defenders in the league.
** Note – PBC Colts had the bye **
What the coaches had to say;
Chad Owens (Seniors)
The start of the second half of the season went to plan. We came away with 4 points. The game saw the best and worst of our side.
The first quarter set the win up with hard running and plenty of support players there to protect the ball carrier. As a result we slammed on 7 goals and put scoreboard pressure on Broadbeach. Stevie Thynne lead the charge with 2 first quarter goals.
The second quarter we let them back in the game with our lack of intensity and concentration lapses. If not for some brilliant defence by Woolley and McNeven the game could have got away from us.
The third quarter was a stalemate with the sides levelling the scoring and setting up a massive last quarter. Todd Bryant and Dakota Bannister were instrumental in getting the ball forward where Brad Hewat and Sam Stubbs were providing great targets. Danny Darnett, playing in his first senior game for the year, provided relentless pressure which was a telling factor in getting back the ascendancy.
The opening of the last quarter saw us put on 4 unanswered goals. This provided the breathing space that we needed. It was our second tier players like Jake Goody that got us going. His tackling and defensive pressure was first class. In what was a very physical and fast game we were happy to come away with the victory and keep our season on track. The only sour note being an injury to Zac Callinan
We play Sandgate at home this week and we know that we owe them one from early in the season. This will be a very good game. Come along and support the boys.
Scott Lawton (Reserves)
Another game when we had our chances to win but we looked slow and tired in the first quarter and that was costly.
Jason “Bruce” Lee played his best game all year. Custard (Luke Vanderfeen) worked his arse off in the ruck all day. Dale Neuhaus was the golden fist of the day in the backline. Joel Grey’s forward pressure was terrific and Sean Brookes was good again.
We have to take our opportunities in front of goals more and our skills need to keep improving.
We have to learn how to win these close games. Let’s aim at Sandgate this week boys!
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PALM BEACH CURRUMBIN
Goal Kickers: B. Hewat 4, D. Bannister 2, T. Bryant 2, S. Thynne 2, S. Marshall , B. Schneider , W. Shone , S. Stubbs , M. Peters
Best Players: , J. Woolley , B. Hewat , S. Marshall , L. McNeven , J. Goody , D. Darnett
Goal Kickers: T. Haley 2, M. Dillon 2, J. Pantic 2, T. Rolfe 2, A. McConnochie 2, E. Burton , J. Klessens , H. Hulls , B. Tomlinson
Best Players: , R. Dienjes , N. Upton , A. McConnochie , B. Palmer , A. McKenzie , T. Rolfe
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PALM BEACH CURRUMBIN
Goal Kickers: S. Brookes 3, J. Lee 2, M. McLaughlin 2, M. Harvey , D. Kane , C. Gabbe , J. Grey , S. Kay-Cook
Best Players: , J. Lee , L. Vanderfeen , D. Neuhaus , S. Brookes , J. Grey , B. Hoskins
Goal Kickers: T. Malone 2, C. Moscher-Thomas 2, J. Strong 2, N. Pollard , J. McNamara , J. O”Shea , J. Leary , T. Brewer
Best Players: , T. Malone , M. Kennedy , K. Cole , N. Pollard , L. Varley , C. Moscher-Thomas