Harvie Dental – Semi Final Review – 2016

First Semi Final day at Salk Oval and in what appeared to be a planned event but was in fact just a convenient coincidence, both Seniors and Reserves faced a knockout final against Mount Gravatt.

The Reserves set the tone for the day despite trailing at quarter time.  A big second quarter setup a marginal halftime break of only 5 points but the momentum was definitely with the Lions.

Committed and dedicated to the cause the boys controlled the second half and the final margin of 18 points saw them move into a preliminary final against Labrador next week.

The Seniors showed a positive turn in form the previous week in the Qualifying Final against the Western Magpies and although they fell just short of the win by 4 points, the confidence was back and there was renewed sense of energy and confidence around the club this week.  Training was high quality and the boys carried that intensity and attitude into this week’s game.

The Lions got out of the blocks fast and quickly took control of the game.  Jarryd Douglas was on fire in the forward line, clunking marks and with 6 shots at goal in the first quarter returning 3.3 his presence was looking ominous for the Vultures. Unfortunately for the Jarryd, and the Lions, a heavy collision in the second quarter aggravated a shoulder injury and saw him sidelined for the remainder of the game. All eyes will now be on Jarryd this week and fingers crossed that he is able get up for next week.

There was a bit of a breeze at Salk Oval but PBC was working hard both ways and scoring continued at a very even tempo.  Tom Thynne overcame a slight injury scare from the warmup to put in a timely best on ground performance. His run and carry was excellent and his ball use was spot on giving the Lions opportunity to carve through the opposition.

Two of this week’s inclusions in Lachlan Ritchie (Southport) and 16 year old Jacob Dawson (Suns Academy) were impressive and they were ably supported by great efforts from big Jon Croad and little Brock Askey.  Both Croady and Brock have been regulars in the Lions best this year and have continued their great work in the finals series so far.

The final margin was a comfortable 51 points and the Lions now fix their focus on a preliminary final against the Western Magpies, looking to turn the tables on their narrow elimination final loss.

NOTE : The date and venue for the QAFL Preliminary Finals is Saturday 10th Sept at Aspley Hornets.  The ground is on the north side of Brisbane, located at 50 Graham Rd, Carseldine QLD 4034.   click here for directions

What the coaches had to say;

Senior Coach – Chad Owens

A great team effort allowed the boys to play the style of footy that we play best. We out hunted and out pressured Mt. Gravatt, which allowed us to dictate the state of play.

The boys signalled their intentions early with their attack on the ball and the man and then of the back of that ferocity we were able to use our skills to great effect and open the game right up.

Up forward Jarryd Douglas was terrific marking everything that came his way. The little fellas were at ground level mopping up and kicking goals and putting the defence under pressure.

Our mids worked hard both ways to run the ball out of defence in waves.

The backs, lead by Jackson Emblem, did what they’ve done all year and provided a strong contest and ran the ball out with great decision making and execution.

It was a great reward for the effort the players had put in and a strong 4 qtr performance was something we had been searching for.

We head now to Aspley with renewed confidence to take on the Western Magpies in the preliminary final.

It would be great to see our loyal supporters up there encouraging the boys.

Last week the bear was poked and this week it’s wide awake and very, very hungry. 

Reserves Coach – Ritchie Elliot

With a strong side on paper we welcomed Mt Gravatt knowing a loss would finish the season for us.

The first quarter we kicked into a slight breeze and general play was pretty even. However a few lapses defending the ball in our forward zone cost us dearly, conceding a couple of late goals.

Despite being 16 points down, there was a confident mood amongst the boys that we would get the game back on our terms and we did exactly that with a 6 goal quarter. Luke Vanderfeen dominated the centre bounces, Curtis Marsden and Sam Davidson found space and run on the wings and our back six were tight and creative providing great drive.

With big Cal Whitehead producing a season best performance at full forward and banging through a team lifting goal right on the half time siren, the boys headed into the sheds with a 5 point lead.

All year we had run over Mt Gravatt in the second half so the foundation had been laid. Focus was placed on raising our pressure and defensive acts. Great credit to the lads for executing the plan!  Our hardness and commitment to attack the opposition and win contested footy saw them crumble and we controlled the quarter kicking 3 goals to 1 into the breeze.

Off the back of the tireless efforts of our mids in Josh Mold, Zac Harrison, Nick Hamilton, Ollie Beston and Matt McLaughlin, we had the game well in hand at the last change.

Brayden Pearson coolly slotted home an early one (which was a great reward for his selfless team game) in the last quarter and the game was ours. They kicked a couple in junk time as we began to rest a few players.

We were really challenged numerous times by a good and committed opponent which gives this win even greater merit. This was a real team effort and just reward for a terrific year so far. Well done lads, it now sets it up to throw everything we have at Labrador next week.  One win away from the big dance!!


Match Results

Palm Beach Currumbin 5.6-36 9.7-61 13.13-91 15.14-104
Mt Gravatt 1.2-8 3.6-24 5.8-38 7.11-53
Goal Kickers: T. Dyer 4, D. Ashby 3, J. Goody 3, S. Stubbs 2, L. Ritchie, B. Askey, J. Croad
Best Players: T. Thynne, L. Ritchie, J. Croad, J. Dawson, B. Askey
Goal Kickers: R. Estall 5, J. Green, C. Eddy
Best Players: C. Ross, R. Estall, J. Vearing, A. Smith, M. Hamill, K. Walsh
Palm Beach Currumbin 0.2-2 6.3-39 10.5-65 13.8-86
Mt Gravatt 2.7-19 4.10-34 5.12-42 9.14-68
Goal Kickers: C. Burgess 3, C. Whitehead 3, C. Marsden 2, M. McLaughlin, A. Dawson, N. Hamilton, B. Pearson , S. Brookes
Best Players: C. Whitehead, J. Mold, O. Beston, C. Marsden, Z. Harrison, J. Lopez
Goal Kickers: B. Telford 2, D. Thomas, T. Douge, J. Bain, N. Rosser, B. Auld, L. O”Sullivan, Z. Stone
Best Players: B. Menz, D. Morgan, N. Morgan, N. Rosser, R. Jenkie, J. Bain

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