Coast must defrost for finals
THE Gold Coast Football Club's TAC Cup side has it all to do to qualify for the finals of the competition after going down by 14 points to the North Ballarat Rebels in Ballarat on Sunday.
In frigid conditions, the Gold Coast was outplayed by North Ballarat 8.14.62 to 7.6.48.
The home side showed more commitment, discipline and desire to claim the win against a Coast side that played well in patches but lacked consistency for the entire game.
The game hinged on the third quarter when the Coast allowed North Ballarat to kick three goals to one to set up the win.
Down by 22 at the last change, Gold Coast coach Guy McKenna urged his players to play tough, disciplined football, and the players responded in the final term but could not close the gap.
“The work rate was there but we just struggled a bit with our structure at times and it cost us the game really,” said McKenna.
“There were a few boys who were just a bit too greedy to be a part of the action as opposed to playing their role.”
Luke Shreeve, who is in Year 12 and the youngest member of the squad, made his return from injury following a long stint on the boundary with stress fractures.
Shreeve kicked three goals to be the Coast's leading goalkicker on the day, while spearhead Matt Fowler kicked two goals.
Rex Liddy and Alik Magin kicked singles and vice captain Charlie Dixon was tireless.