Harvie Dental Game Day Review – Round 7
There is a saying in footy about “winning the games you should win” and on the surface this would have appeared to be one of those games for PBC, who entered the round in top position with Broadbeach placed eighth. But there are no easy games in the QAFL and you really do have to bring your best each week.
The Lions came out with guns blazing in the first quarter, big man Jon Croad clearly leading the way all over the ground. Broadbeach fought back in the second quarter with numerous forward entries, but a return of 3.8 to PBC’s 5.3 for the quarter saw the Lions with a more than handy 24 point lead at half time.
The second half was all the Lions as PBC piled on the scoreboard pressure. Broadbeach weren’t able to control the PBC midfielders and the forwards made the most of their opportunities. The Cat’s cause certainly wasn’t helped by their inaccuracy in front of goal, but the Lions were too strong on the day running out victors by 57 points.
The reserves again stamped their authority on the competition with a strong 58 point win. The score line belied the hard fought game and the reserves would be well pleased with that victory.
The day started out with a great battle in the Colts, many of the players from both sides having played each other in last year’s U17 Grand Final which was won by PBC. There was plenty of feeling in the game, especially late, as it got down to Broadbeach leading by a few points with moments to go. Unfortunately for PBC, the slight margin remained on the final siren and the Cats were the victors on the day.
However, our Colts continue to improve and develop each week. With a bit more luck they could be well in the top 8 of the 19 team competition. They are currently in 11th place but have a superior percentage to a few teams above them. If they can hold their nerve and get some results falling their way, finals aren’t out of the equation!
What the coaches had to say;
Senior Coach – Chad Owens
Resilience is what the boys showed today. With injuries to key players and many others playing hurt that was what made the win better.
We completely controlled the first quarter but couldn’t land a killer blow. Jon Croad and the midfielders were setting the scene. The forwards just weren’t using the space efficiently in order to get separation.
The back six again were very solid and linked well with the mids to bring the ball out repeatedly. They are really growing in synergy down there lead by Jackson Emblem.
The second quarter Broadbeach let us off the hook missing some chances. Fortunately, at the other end we were able to make the most of ours.
After half time, Flinn Chisholm,Stephen Thynne, Jesse Derrick, Josh Woolley and Nathan Robertson took the game away from them with hard running and pressure. Zac Callinans foot skills on the wing were exceptional and the backs were winning the battle and running in waves.
The forwards started to get on top and converted well to pile the scoreboard pressure on them.
It was a great win and one that we can build more confidence from and belief in going forward. It was fantastic to have Liam McNeven and Shaun Wilson back in the team after long layoffs.
Hope to see our loyal supporters there this Saturday when we take on Wilston Grange at Salk Oval.
Reserves Coach – Ritchie Elliot
With confidence and belief building each week, we came prepared for a tough physical slog. With traditional windy conditions greeting us at Broady, an arm wrestle was exactly what we got.
The opposition quickly set their stall out by throwing as many numbers around each contest to try and nullify our outside run and spread. The first 15 minutes saw their tactics work although it was terrific to see our boys matching everything they threw at us in close and tight. We were able to squeeze a few goals late to go into Quarter Time 3 goals up which was a fair reward for our physical effort given.
The Second Quarter we killed the contest off by playing our best footy for the game. We managed to get some run and flow by breaking to the spaces on the top side of the ground. With quick movement into the forward 50 we were able to isolate Damien Ashby who cashed in with 3 great goals. Sean Brookes, Nick Hamilton and Zac Harrison were on top in the midfield stoppages and our back six were committed and resolute as always, conceding only one goal in the first half, with great support provided in our back half by our hard working mids.
The second half again was a tough slog. We lost our way a little in the third with some sloppy forward entries depriving us of numerous shots on goal but righted the ship by coming home strong in the last with Jesse Cooper at full forward presenting and converting well off the back of some great midfield supply.
Credit to Broadbeach who fought right to the end and were committed and physical but even more credit to our boys who met them head on and were able to outgun them.
Great to see our boys fatigued and out on our feet as a result of the workload given throughout a bruising contest. This wasn’t a day for pretty footy so for our lads to stand up and come away with nearly a 10 goal win makes us all very pleased and proud of their efforts. One more team performance needed against Wilston Grange next week and then a well earned break.
Colts Coach – Tim Deacon
It was a good tussle against Broadbeach on Saturday with us going down by less than a kick in tense finish.
Dan Fraser played his best game so far, his run and disposal was good. Tristen Evert was amongst out best along with Hadyen Hoskins, Jack Barlow, Jack McNevin and Lachy Torpy . Kai George also showed flashes and we are looking forward to getting him back after the bye.
It was great to see big Reece Gallagher back and being a big presence in the ruck and up forward.
Our attack at the ball was good but we let ourselves down with our execution, it was quite sloppy at times and I’m putting that down to a lack of communication. We are a quiet group and lack of talk within the group cost us on Saturday. When we really needed communication, it wasn’t there .
Communication needs to be constant for 4 quarters and it’s something we need to improve on quickly if we want to play clean calculated footy.
All in all the effort was there and we had some really good passages of play. Obviously it was disappointing to lose another close one but as long as we keep up the endeavour and have a willingness to improve, we can work hard and get better as a group!
|Palm Beach Currumbin||3.4-22||8.5-53||14.7-91||18.8-116|
|Goal Kickers: J. Strong, R. Dienjes, R. Finn, . Kerr, M. Dillon, M. Fitzsimmons, J. Searl|
|PALM BEACH CURRUMBIN|
|Goal Kickers: K. Higgs 6, S. Stubbs 5, J. Douglas 2, J. Derrick, N. Robertson, T. Dyer, T. Thynne, J. Croad|
|Best Players: J. Woolley, S. Thynne, J. Croad, K. Higgs, J. Emblem, F. Chisholm|
|Palm Beach Currumbin||3.2-20||8.4-52||9.5-59||12.9-81|
|Goal Kickers: J. Pantic, C. Mullins, B. O”Donnell|
|Best Players: S. Price, C. Mullins, I. Dineen, J. Tiffin, A. Allen-Sympson, T. Benson|
|PALM BEACH CURRUMBIN|
|Goal Kickers: D. Ashby 5, J. Cooper 4, S. Brookes, M. Peters, O. Beston|
|Best Players: D. Ashby, S. Brookes, B. Pearson, O. Jones, O. Beston, T. Golding|
|Palm Beach Currumbin||1.2-8||3.4-22||6.5-41||7.6-48|
|Goal Kickers: J. Dickinson, C. Rolfe, M. Gambell, O. Dineen, J. Melverton, J. Thompson, A. Rayner|
|Best Players: C. Rolfe, M. Gambell, J. McCormick, O. Dineen, B. Henderson, M. Hohns|
|PALM BEACH CURRUMBIN|
|Goal Kickers: K. George 2, J. Taylor 2, D. Stubbs, D. Morrison, M. Oates|
|Best Players: D. Frazer, T. Evert, H. Hoskins, J. Barlow, J. Beame|