Outgunned: Ali Pinda kicks a goal off the ground. The Blues were brushed aside by the Noosa Tigers on Saturday.
Outgunned: Ali Pinda kicks a goal off the ground. The Blues were brushed aside by the Noosa Tigers on Saturday. Blainey Woodham

Blues mauled by hungry Tigers

THE Coolangatta Tweed Heads Blues are thinking about what might be and what might never happen after their loss to Noosa Tigers on Saturday.

The plucky Blues were rolled again in Round 11 of the Pineapple Hotel Cup Hotel competition at Weyba Road 35.17-227 to 12.3-75 in a 152-point loss and although it looks poor on paper, the vanquished deserve credit for turning up. Coach Grant McKenzie said the odds were stacked against his side which could not fill the void of player shortages.

“It was a horrible feeling going into the game and we were undermanned because four of our players had uni exams,” he said.

“There wasn't the full list out there and we are also missing a few blokes who have left town like Damien Gray and Wayne Hogan. All of our big players are taking the punishment because of it and overall it was a tough game for us.”

In the first quarter, the Blues only kicked one goal in comparison to the Tigers' eight in a sign of things to come. The Tigers controlled the match, kicking nine goals in each of the last three quarters and the Blues had little to offer.

McKenzie said the Blues were thumped by Noosa in a match featuring some average performances from his side.

“Ogla Pene tagged well, Brendon White performed admirably, captain Daniel Hawkins was serviceable and vice-captain Jason Smith played a quarter and a half well but didn't finish because he had a corked thigh,” he said. “We were outclassed by a good quality side.”

Blues kicker Ali Pinda secured four goals, Matthew McLaughlin claimed two and scoring one-apiece were Mark McGill , Dylan Cicolella, Daniel Carey , Blake Ebsworth and Nic Ellis.

McKenzie said all his side could do was to keep battling through the tough period.

In other results, Wilston Grange lost to Maroochy/Northshore 24.14-158 to 6.16-52, Mayne were defeated by Palm Beach Currumbin 24.9-153 to 7.7-49, Springwood were beaten by Burleigh 16.9-105 to 13.15-93 and Surfers Paradise were victors over Sandgate 11.11-77 to 10.10-70.



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