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Round 12 2017

It’s been a horror run for the PBC over the last three weeks,  injuries and unavailability have hit hard and the Lions have faltered losing three in a row. Their cause was certainly not helped by the late withdrawal of Josh Woolley due to illness and it would be fair to say they have missed Captain Jesse Derrick over the last 3 games.  The loss of hard nut Josh Lys to a season ending knee injury a couple of weeks ago also should not be underestimated. Key forward Jarryd Douglas is due back soon and the Lions have definitely had trouble finding enough goals without him.

Losing two games in a row is not something the Lions are very familiar with and that would not have happened for quite some time.  But losing three in a row is virtually unheard of and there is likely to be to some soul searching at Salk Oval this week.  Regardless of player availability, the Lions haven’t been playing up to the level they showed earlier in the season.

Despite this, the Lions miraculously still sit in second place, clear by 2 points.  The even nature of the competition showing out amongst the teams chasing the standout ladder leader in Labrador, who remain undefeated and firm flag favourites.

The Lions will be relieved to welcome back Jesse Derrick this coming week and they will need to find some form quickly as the back end of the season approaches rapidly.

The Lions will host Surfers Paradise at home this week and the Demons will be up for the game as they have preformed well against PBC over the past few encounters.  The Lions will be ultra keen to put an end to their current losing streak and hold on to second spot.

The reserves continued their winning form and with a 5 point victory over the equal ladder leading Vultures, they now sit in 4th place.  The Colts had a big win over the Vultures and they now sit in 5th place.

What the coaches had to say;

Senior Coach – Chad Owens

Unfortunately we didn’t turn up to play and as a result we were outworked and lost the game. The last quarter when we decided to take the game on we outscored them 4 goals to nil, but it was too little too late.

From the first bounce they attacked the ball a lot harder and placed us on the back foot. Starts are important,  ours was not good enough and we could not wrestle back the momentum. They put 6 goals on the board before quarter time to our one.

In front of their home crowd they managed to play brave,  take the game on football and it proved to be a winning formula for Mt Gravatt.

We need to get back to hard work on the track and take it up a level on the field this week to be local rival Surfers Paradise at home this week.

Reserves Coach – Ritchie Elliot

Another difficult challenge up against joint ladder leader in Mt.Gravatt at their ground and another great result in beating them by 5 points. Another effort full of courage, guts and character by our reserves group.

We started off slow being out worked at the contest and by over using the footy early on, despite our game being down we still held a slender lead at qtr time.

We dominated the second qtr, with most of the play in our  forward half but failed to capitalise on superior possession to hold a  two goal break at half time On the balance of play we should have been up by 4 to 5 goals.

Mt Gravatt caught us napping after the break by kicking 3 goals early and were looking very dangerous.  We however managed to steady by lifting our work-rate all over the ground and went in at the last break with the scores level.

Injuries were mounting and we had to play out the last qtr with no fit players on the interchange.  They again kicked the first goal but again our  refusal to lie down was on show as we kicked the next 3 goals to sew up a hugely important win as we strive for the double chance.

Our boys keep showing great resilience,  pride and fight. This  was a thoroughly deserved victory where all players contributed in  an even team performance. Well done boys on a great 3 week block, back at home next week against Surfers.

Colts Coach – Trevor Watson

Leading up the highway to play Mt. Gravatt for the first time this year we didn’t know what to expect.  Knowing that they got over the top of Western Magpies in Round 10, the boys knew not to take this game for granted.  Anything can happen in a game of football as we found out the hard way when we played Sandgate.

With a few key players still out from injuries, this provided a great opportunity for other players to step up and take control of the game, Matthew Oats did exactly that, providing strong drive out of the centre all day.  Once again, we had to bring in 5 Under 16’s to help field a side: Harry Day, Luke Francis, Cooper Pope, Fletcher Low, Bronson Howard.  Jordan Burns second game back from a short holiday oversea, saw him return to season best form down back.

First quarter saw the boys a little flat allowing Mt. Gravatt some easy scoring opportunities but luckily the 4 shots on goal weren’t converted into majors.  Harry Day kicked our first for the day followed by Hunter Hall and Riley Engels.  Ben Stubbs combined with Matthew Oats in the centre roving of Jared Neuhaus were too strong for the Mt. Gravatt team, giving us drive from the centre.  Jimmy Cahill and Nick Perso down back were as reliable as they have been all season.

Second quarter saw our intensity at the contest increase which provide opportunities from Mt. Gravatt mistakes.  Strong tackles and run off half back help take our lead out to 42 points at half time.  Two goals each to Matthew Oats and Tom Woodman while Billy McAlister joined the goal kickers and Logan Schlager kicking his first for the season.

Third quarter has been a stumbling block for us this season, but today was a turning point for our team.  Hunter Hall firing up the boys with his hard-tackling pressure we kicked away to a 65-point lead.  Billy McAlister adding two more goals for the day, while Ben Stubbs, Riley Engels and Logan Schlager all find the middle of the sticks.  With Hunter Hall coming into the game with a slight hamstring strain we decided to rest him if we got 10 goals up.

Last quarter saw Hayden Hoskins move up forward for the first time this year and he didn’t disappoint kicking a goal.  Andrew Jackson played his best game for the season, also kicking his first goal while along with Nick Perso.  Other goal kickers for the quarter were Cooper Pope and Lachlan Blackmore.  Riley Engels finished the game with 6 goals.

Great team effort today boys, we had 22 committed players.  If we continue this form for the rest of the season, we will go deep into September..

Match Results:

Mt Gravatt 6.3-39 9.6-60 15.9-99 15.10-100
Palm Beach Currumbin 1.2-8 3.6-24 6.8-44 10.11-71
Goal Kickers: A. Smith 6, S. Stubbs 3, J. Green 2, B. Sloan, D. Nash, J. Warren, M. Hamill
Best Players: A. Smith, M. Pearce, Z. Stone, J. Murphy, M. Hamill, T. Jamieson
Goal Kickers: A. Sercombe 4, B. Headland 2, T. Cornish 2, J. Burrows, J. Burge
Best Players: J. Burge, C. Graham, S. Davidson, L. McNeven, B. Headland, A. Sercombe
Mt Gravatt 0.5-5 1.6-12 5.7-37 7.10-52
Palm Beach Currumbin 1.1-7 3.6-24 4.13-37 7.15-57
Goal Kickers: J. Rickards 2, D. Stubbs, J. Nuttall, J. Bacic, L. Bell, M. Nolan
Best Players: J. Bacic, J. Rickards, D. Morgan, R. Jenkie, D. Benson, B. Daly
Goal Kickers: J. Goody 2, N. Carr, H. Hulls, D. Koenen, T. Arnold, M. McGill
Best Players: H. Hulls, J. Goody, C. Marsden, N. Carr, D. Neri, M. McGill
Mt Gravatt 0.4-4 1.4-10 2.6-18 2.7-19
Palm Beach Currumbin 3.3-21 8.4-52 13.5-83 21.8-134
Goal Kickers: T. Blee, L. Jones
Best Players: J. Tonges, J. Hillier, C. Barker, L. Mallon, J. Lay, R. Anderson
Goal Kickers: R. Engels 6, B. McAlister 3, T. Woodman 2, L. Schlager 2, L. Blackmore, N. Perso, C. Pope, J. Andrews, H. Hoskins, H. Hall, M. Oates, B. Stubbs
Best Players: M. Oates, J. Neuhaus, J. Andrews, J. Burns, B. McAlister, B. Stubbs

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