Coast FC downs Power at Carrara
IT wasn't pretty but the newly formed Gold Coast Football Club held on for an historic win over Victorian rivals Gippsland at Carrara Stadium on Saturday night.
Led by a three-goal haul from inspirational skipper Marc Lock, the Gold Coast gave fans a taste of what lies ahead with a thrilling 12.7 (79) to 12.5 (77) victory over Gippsland Power in their round five TAC (under-18) Cup encounter.
The win was the Gold Coast's first at their home ground and provides plenty of hope as the club prepares for their debut in the AFL competition proper in 2011.
The GCFC dominated the opening term on Saturday, booting 5.5 (35) to Power's 1.0 (6).
The competition newcomers remained in control of the contest throughout the second and third quarters, but were forced to hang on in the final term as the Power closed to within two points in the dying stages.
The win, the Coast's second of the season and elevates them into seventh spot on the ladder.
Meanwhile the Coolangatta Blues may not have got the result they were after but they certainly lifted in passion and intensity.
Having been on the end of several demoralising score lines, the Blues knew they were in for an uphill battle away to Pineapple Hotel Cup powerhouses Palm Beach Currumbin.
The Blues played arguably their best opening quarter of the season to trail just 7.3 (45) to 5.0 (30) at the break, but in the end they were simply out-played by the league leaders who ran out 26.17 (173) to 13.3 (81) winners.
Noosa's push for the top was dealt a severe blow when they were humbled 18.11 (119) to 11.10 (76) by Maroochy-Northshore, Surfers Paradise thrashed Burleigh 14.10 (94) to 7.7 (49), Sandgate hammered Springwood 22.15 (147) to 10.9 (69) and Wilston Grange accounted for Mayne 12.18-90 to 7.15-57.
In the Summerland League, Tweed Coast Tigers were pummelled 20.28 (148) to 8.4 (52) by the Byron Magpies in their third round clash at Pottsville Oval.
The defending premiers took a while to adapt to the smaller confines but when they did, the floodgates opened and although a vocal Tigers faithful were there in numbers, they were powerless to stop the onslaught.