Blues smashed by Demons

THE Coolangatta Tweed Heads Blues are on a difficult journey this season and suffered another loss on Saturday to Surfers Paradise Demons.

It has been a far from perfect season for the Blues who have won three games from nine rounds of the Pineapple Hotel Cup competition.

Coach Grant McKenzie said the 10.9-69 to 5.10-40 loss to the Demons was disappointing but the large injury toll had become a burden.

“It wasn’t great to be beaten and they were just a bit too good but we were short on players due to injuries,” he said.

“We were knocked around in depth and it’s not an excuse but it is very hard at the moment.

“You can’t dwell on something and Surfers wanted it more than us.”

McKenzie is not about to deny the ugly facts at hand but he is revising ways to improve his side.

“The only thing we can do is go back to the drawing board and start over,” he said.

“It is hard having a young side and making it even more challenging is losing so many to injury. We just need to get everyone back on track and back fit.”

The Blues were struck down with more casualties on Saturday, losing Junior Henry to an ankle injury, John Vogae had to be carried off the field and Jason Smith had back trouble.

It was a real slog-a-thon with the Blues struggling for most of the game, believed McKenzie.

“Coolangatta didn’t have one player that played well over four quarters,” he said.

“It was a real dirty day at the office and we have hit rock bottom. Hopefully we can get a turnaround next week and get a better attitude this week.”

Kicking goals for the Blues were Nathan Millard, Dylan Cicolella, Daniel Carey and Thomas Cartledge.

It was a significant game for the Blues who played the curtain-raiser for the Gold Coast Football Club (GCFC) VFL game against Collingwood Magpies.

The game at Fankhauser Reserve was a family affair for Blues player Nick Lock whose younger brother Marc used to play for the Blues but is currently the skipper for GCFC.

The Blues are ranked seventh on the ladder and they will take on Springwood Pumas next Saturday at Peak Oval.

In other results this round, Wilston Grange lost to Palm Beach Currumbin 7.11-53 to 12.25-97, Burleigh were defeated by Noosa 12.20-92 to 3.4-22, Mayne were beaten by Springwood 12.11-83 to 9.4-58 and Maroochy/Northshore triumphed over Sandgate 16.5-101 to 12.10-82.

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