Cooly's coach singing sad song

NOT for the first time this season Coolangatta Tweed AFL coach Scott Lawton is singing the lonely Blues.

His embattled side have been camped at the foot of the Pineapple Hotel Cup ladder for several weeks with the belief a win against traditional whipping boys Springwood would see them move out of the wooden-spoon position.

But on Saturday those hopes were quashed when, in front of a loyal Len Peak Oval crowd, the Blues were outgunned and eventually thumped 18.16-124 to 7.12-54 by the northerners.

The game began as expected, with both sides off target in their pursuit of a second victory, but no one predicted the Blues would remain scoreless at the end of the first stanza.

Regardless, Coolangatta dug deep and got to within four goals entering the final term.

However with just two goals the difference, a critical miss saw heads drop across the park, and opened the door for a fit Springwood outfit to take control of the game.

Matt McLoughlin and Doug Hawkins were superb on the ball and 17-year-old Nick Ellis magnificent in just his third senior game, but aside from the trio there was little else offered up from a beaten Blues outfit.

“It was a bit of a shootout early on, but we missed too many easy opportunities,” coach Scott Lawton said.

“We built this week up and were competitive for most of the game, but when the chips were down we didn't respond in the right frame of mind.

“You could tell which side wanted it more.”

Elsewhere, Burleigh registered a good win over Wilston Grange 15.14-104 to 11.16-82, Maroochy/Northshore thumped Surfers Paradise 22.11-143 to 9.9-63, Sandgate hammered Mayne 15.18-108 to 8.7-55, and Palm Beach Currumbin defeated Noosa 16.7-103 to 12.10-82.



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