Blitzing teaches Coast a lesson
DESPITE three good quarters of football, Gold Coast were taught a valuable football lesson during their 56-point loss to Box Hill Hawks at Southport on Saturday.
Facing a side that contained 13 AFL-listed players, Gold Coast jumped the Hawks to take a 14-point lead at quarter-time and were looking good approaching half-time with a five-point lead deep into the second quarter.
Three quick goals to Box Hill before halftime though, followed by an eight-goal blitz in the third quarter, blew the game apart.
Gold Coast at least salvaged some pride in the last quarter by kicking three late goals, but finished well shy, 19.16-130 to 11.8-74.
Coach Guy McKenna conceded the late flurry of goals in the second quarter by Box Hill was probably the turning point of the match, but was more concerned by a lack of leadership shown by his squad after halftime.
“The leadership word and name, and what it stands for gets thrown around a bit, and it's just not about a title next to your name,” he said.
“It does take everyone to stand up when there is a couple of goals run on (by the opposition); we expect there to be a hype of noise and activity from everyone.
“I haven't seen us like that (with a lack of leadership) for most of the year.”
McKenna said there would be valuable lessons to be learnt from the loss.
“If we can do that (play well) for 20 minutes, and then fall away as bad as we did, that was the disappointing thing,” he said.
“At quarter time, no one lost a leg, or no one lost an arm.
“They (Box Hill) went to another level, and we couldn't actually kick on, so I think it was a good lesson for everyone today.”