The Lions were back to exact revenge on their old foe the Western Magpies in the 2016 QAFL Preliminary Final.
Just two weeks earlier at the Lions’ Den, Salk Oval, PBC faced off against the Magpies in the Qualifying Final. During the game, the Lions appeared to have found some form that had been lacking in the later stages of the season, but some missed opportunities to score late in the game saw the Magpies picking up the win by just 4 points. It was a another brutal pill to swallow at the time for the Lions, as despite sitting atop the QAFL Ladder for the majority of the season, they had missed out on the minor premiership and were now facing Mt.Gravatt in an elimination Semi Final. It had been 3 losses in 4 weeks.
But the loss appeared to light a fire under them and the resilient Lions turned their form right around with a resounding win over the Mt.Gravatt Vultures and won the right to once again face the Western Magpies for the chance to advance to the Grand Final.
Due to ground availability the match was set to be played at Graham Road, Aspley which is the home of the NEAFL Aspley Hornets, a great venue albeit a long way from Palm Beach.
The weather on the day looked ominous and sure enough there was plenty of wet weather footy on the day, but the Lions were not to be denied taking control of the game early and putting it beyond the Magpies grasp with a devastating second quarter burst, that Coach Chad Owens described as probably their best quarter for the year. Simply, the Lions ran rampant over the Magpies with a big 79 point win and with 2 of their best 4 quarter performances of the year in the past 2 weeks have set up an exciting Grand Final against reigning Premiers Labrador next week.
Check out Andrew Wile’s QAFL Wrap which also contains his live blog of all the action as it happened – http://www.aflq.com.au/live-145pm-magpies-vs-palm-beach-prelim2/
In the reserve grade PBC faced off against Labrador, looking for a change in fortune as they had been on the end of a few big losses to the Tigers this year. With a quality win over Mt.Gravatt the week before, the mood was great and the desire was there.
Unfortunately for the Lions reserves, it was deja vu as despite a solid but low scoring start to the game, they were unable to curtail the dominance of the Tigers and the game and season was gone.
A great effort though this year from Coach Ritchie Elliot and the playing group to turn things around in 2016 after a quite poor result in 2015. Well done boys!! Time to get behind our Seniors and help with the Premiership mission…..
What the coaches had to say;
Senior Coach – Chad Owens
From the beginning of the game it was obvious that the boys were on and were not letting this chance slip away. The defensive pressure all over the ground was intense and left nowhere for the Magpies to go. There is a real belief within the group and we play our best footy when our effort and attitude are right up.
Jon Croad lead the way in the ruck and with JD (Jesse Derrick), Tommy Thynne and Jacob Dawson going to work in the middle (and getting the balance between defence and attack right) the forwards were able to get plenty of supply.
Without Jarryd Douglas up forward we needed an even contribution and we got that. Flinn Chisholm, Damien Ashby and Jake Goody came away with 3 goals each and Fridge (Tyson Dyer) worked tirelessly all day to provide a target.
Down back the boys accepted their roles and them played them very well. Jackson Emblem took on Brent Staker and held him goalless whilst Leechy (Liam McNeven) kept Sam Copland to just a single goal. These defensive shut down efforts went a long way towards winning the game for us.
Josh Lys continued his excellent form and Max Spencer and Frick (Callum McBurnie) gave us plenty of rebound.
When the game needed a match winner Woosha (Josh Woolley) stood up and delivered. 3 goals to him helped to pull the game out of the Magpies’ reach.
The pleasing part was once we got our noses in front we didn’t stop. We put the foot down and finished them off.
The mood throughout the finals series has been first class and this week will not be any different. The boys are certainly looking forward to the contest and there is a belief that if we keep our effort and pressure up we can and will win the game.
It would be great to see our supporters at training on Thursday night to join in and help make it a special week. Also it would be great to see our loyal supporters make the trip up the M1 to support the boys at Yeronga.
Thanks again for all your support this year it’s been greatly appreciated.
Reserves Coach – Ritchie Elliot
Kicking into the wind we held sway with scores nil to nil half way through the quarter. A couple of lapses at stoppages allowed Labrador to kick 2 goals to be 14 points up but a good effort and the mood was positive in the huddle.
Two great goals from Luke Marshall and Callum Whitehead had the scores level and our boys really taking it up to Labrador. They grabbed a late one but we were right in the contest at half time with only 10 points the difference.
Unfortunately the turning point came when they had a player sent off early in the term. Despite us having a man extra, they actually turned up the heat to score 5 goals to nil. We got rattled which resulted in undisciplined acts. 6 goals down at the last break , we battled hard to the end but the damage was done.
We just couldn’t find forward targets, this evidenced by us having 3 more forward 50 entries in the second half yet we were outscored 7 goals to 1.
All in all, whilst disappointed with the result, we acknowledge that the opposition were the better side.
Its been a great year nevertheless, coming from 9th last year to 3rd. Many players experienced senior footy for the first time and the players’ efforts have ensured pressure has been placed on the senior team to perform , thus resulting in the seniors playing off for a premiership this weekend.
Our thanks for the efforts and assistance throughout the year to Drew McNevin, Lil McLeod, Dave and Jo Scheer, Andy Blackmore, Craig Frazer and Dave Burrows.
And most of all our thanks to the players for their outstanding efforts all year. Great ambassadors for their club , a champion bunch of blokes and good luck to them all for their future endeavors.
|Palm Beach Currumbin||1.4-10||7.6-48||10.12-72||16.17-113|
|Goal Kickers: W. Fletcher, S. Copland, D. Mitchell, C. Carseldine|
|Best Players: C. Carseldine, B. Saunders, L. Mitchell, T. McEvoy|
|PALM BEACH CURRUMBIN|
|Goal Kickers: F. Chisholm 3, D. Ashby 3, B. Askey 2, J. Goody 2, J. Woolley 2, J. Derrick, N. Robertson, T. Thynne, T. Dyer|
|Best Players: J. Woolley, J. Derrick, T. Thynne, J. Emblem, B. Askey, D. Ashby|
|Palm Beach Currumbin||0.0-0||2.1-13||2.3-15||3.5-23|
|Goal Kickers: C. Turner 3, A. Gugliotta, L. McDonald, M. Watmuff, J. Walton, M. Freeman, B. Crossley, M. Gugliotta|
|Best Players: C. Talbot, N. Ramage, J. Walton, C. Turner, M. Freeman, B. Carter|
|PALM BEACH CURRUMBIN|
|Goal Kickers: T. Frazer, L. Marshall, C. Whitehead|
|Best Players: S. Davidson, Z. Harrison, M. Derrick, L. Marshall, L. Vanderfeen, B. Emblem|