The 2nd placed Lions ventured north to take on the 6th placed Western Magpies at
Chelmer Park this week; looking to consolidate their position near the top of the ladder. A win for PBC would see them move 2 games clear of Western Magpies and a game clear of 3rd, 4th and 5th, whilst a loss would see both sides level on points with the chance for PBC to slide back to even points with several other aspiring teams.
There was only one change to the senior team this week with Southport listed Stuart Donnelly coming in to the team in his first PBC appearance at the expense of Danny Darnett.
The Senior game was an interesting contest with swings of momentum throughout the first half and whilst the Lions seemed to have control of the game at most times the Magpies were never far away. It was almost goal for goal for quite a while. PBC having more scoring opportunities but failing to fully capitalise. The margin was 21 points in favour of the Lions at the half.
The third quarter saw PBC taking the ascendancy and by three quarter time the margin was out to 39 points. Again, there were some missed opportunities with a
score of 5 goals 9 points for the quarter.
That proved to be the decisive quarter as both sides kept pace with each other on the
scoreboard during the last quarter. The final margin was a solid 38 point win to the Lions.
The win was worthy of much credit as there were numerous injuries throughout the game. Blake Schneider was out of action early with a lower leg injury and several others battled on despite injuring themselves during the game.
The reserves ran out to a big 98 point win to see them jump from 3rd to 2nd on the ladder and gain a handy 33 percentage points also.
The Colts battled hard against a much bigger Western Magpies side and whilst the
margin was in favour of the Magpies, there was plenty to like about the way that the Lions bounced back after a disappointing effort the previous week. The Colts sit squared for the season at 2 wins, 2 losses and a bye and currently sit in 8th position.
What the coaches had to say;
Senior Coach – Chad Owens
Gutsy is how I would describe this win against the Western Magpies! The character of the group to be able to play through injury in order to get the job done was outstanding. After losing Blake Schneider early in the 2nd quarter a host of other key players battled through the game.
The scene was set early with Jon Croad and Josh Woolley dominating in the middle
of the ground and getting the ball forward into dangerous positions. We didn’t take our chances in that quarter but the evidence was there that the game was about to open up. The physical contest was huge and that was magnified by a bruising contest between Jackson Emblem and his opponent with neither player respecting their own personal safety.
Enter Nathan Robertson who worked extremely hard and got the rewards for the team. He went on to kick 5 for the game with the majority of those coming when the game was in the balance. Up until half time the game was goal for goal and we struggled to get our balance right at stoppages.
The 3rd quarter showed that when we get our stoppages right and get our running game going, we can be a formidable team. We were able to get separation on the scoreboard and take a good lead of 39 into the last break. AJ Dawson and Jackson
Emblem did outstanding jobs in shutting out 2 very dangerous Magpies players that went a long way to the result swinging our way.
The last quarter again was even but the damage had been done. Had our kicking for goal been more accurate the margin would have been quite significant. Whilst it is pleasing to see a high score 19-15-127, we do need to ensure that we take our chances.
Solid games from Jarryd Douglas, Stuart Donnelly, Flinn Chisholm, Jon Croad and Josh Woolley were crucial to the win.
When we turn up to play for each other we are a handy side and it’s great to see that whilst the team has not quite yet gelled we are still able to play good football and take home a valuable 4 points.
Looking forward to seeing see a big crowd this week at home for our vital clash with Sandgate!
Reserves Coach – Ritchie Elliot
On paper a strong reserves line up headed to Chelmer, traditionally a tough ground to get 4 points.
Pre- match the focus and emphasis was on our defence all over the ground.
Right from the first bounce it was obvious that we had the right focus and mindset. We dominated the contested footy and our outside run was exceptional. Nick Hamilton, Shaun Wilson, Danny Darnett, Damien Ashby , Luke Marshall and Zac Harrison were all getting plenty of it across the middle, our back 6 were tight, cohesive and committed and the forwards were applying the required defensive pressure we asked for.
With the big Sword (Matt Snelling) presenting well at full forward, we went in 5 goals to nil at quarter time. Great reward for effort.
The second quarter was a repeat of the first. Kicking 4 goals to nil gave us a nine goal half time lead, without conceding a goal. A great result considering we lost both Callum McBurnie and Charles Gabbe during the first quarter with leg injuries.
We forged on and maintained our intensity and pressure all over the ground right throughout the second half to finish off with an even spread on the scoreboard ……. 5 goals in the third and 4 goals in the last to record a 98 point thumping.
We defended all day brilliantly all over the ground, our attack at the ball and ability to win the contested footy was first class. With better organisation around the stoppages we were able to generate great spread and outside run and our use of the footy was the best it’s been all year. Tackling pressure was spot on and credit to our back six for their efforts.
We’ve only conceded 4 goals now in the last 6 quarters played, all up in Brisbane. A fantastic achievement!
Every single player had great moments and contributed to the team objectives. We are gelling very well and it’s very pleasing to see that we fed off the momentum created the week before at Mt Gravatt.
A brilliant TEAM effort by our boys!
Colts Coach – Tim Deacon
Again we got off to a sluggish start and allowed the Magpies to get some easy first quarter goals which gave them a solid early lead. We need to get off to better starts!
Our team is small and young but we have a lot of heart and it’s a credit to the playing group that we can get back in the game from a terrible start.
Our tenacity at the ball is great and I know the boys love a challenge and that’s what we got .
Pat Connelly, Mitch Olarenshaw, Jack McNeven, Jesse Beame, Jake Burrows and Jack Barlow were good for us with tireless work ethic all day.
I say this all the time but we do need to get better numbers at training and train together so that we can get our patterns and structures right. We all know how to play the game but to get to know each other’s capabilities and work on our structures is something that only training together can produce.
All in all though, we are improving as a group and I’m very impressed that we don’t give up when we the chips are down.
|Palm Beach Currumbin||5.4-34||10.7-67||17.13-115||19.15-129|
|Goal Kickers: J. Goodall 4, L. Scott 3, D. Lewis 2, M. Sondergeld, M. Stallard, A. Maricic, V. Pope, J. Morton|
|Best Players: J. Goodall, R. Bridge, B. Allen, L. Scott, R. Wenham, B. Jaenke-Cain|
|PALM BEACH CURRUMBIN|
|Goal Kickers: N. Robertson 5, J. Douglas 4, K. Higgs 3, J. Woolley 2, J. Croad 2, S. Stubbs 2, F. Chisholm|
|Best Players: J. Woolley, J. Emblem, J. Croad, N. Robertson, S. Donnelly, J. Derrick|
|Palm Beach Currumbin||5.4-34||9.8-62||14.9-93||18.14-122|
|Goal Kickers: A. Dickfos, J. Pukallus, C. Pershouse|
|Best Players: J. Workman, J. Page, R. Dudley, B. Easton, G. McKinnon, S. Hubbert|
|PALM BEACH CURRUMBIN|
|Goal Kickers: M. Snelling 6, J. Cooper 3, Z. Harrison 2, S. Brookes 2, L. Marshall 2, T. Frazer, M. Peck, L. McLeod|
|Best Players: S. Wilson, M. Snelling, D. Darnett, N. Hamilton, Z. Harrison, L. Marshall|
|Palm Beach Currumbin||1.0-6||4.0-24||6.6-42||6.6-42|
|Goal Kickers: L. Reynolds 3, P. Stumer 2, C. Lawson 2, J. DeRooy 2, J. Mason, D. Misso|
|Best Players: L. Reynolds, D. Misso, C. Smith, K. Vine, R. Johnson, J. Rigsby-Jones|
|PALM BEACH CURRUMBIN|
|Goal Kickers: D. Stubbs 2, J. Burrows 2, J. Taylor, J. Beame|
|Best Players: J. Barlow, D. Stubbs, J. McNevin, J. Burrows, M. Olarenshaw, P. Connelly|