Good momentum into the finals
ANOTHER good home win (12.14-86 to 6.11-47) over the Bendigo Pioneers last weekend makes it four wins from our last five games.
That's a wonderful position to be in at this team of the year, and if we can produce an upset in the coming two games, we'd have a great springboard into the finals.
Bendigo outplayed us in the first half, not because we didn't have a lot of ball, but due to some poor decision making up front.
It took them a while to drop the clutch and find gear, but to the boys credit, they shook it off and came back strong.
It was not the prettiest game of football we've ever played, but I'm proud of the boys for locking in a finals spot.
Skipper Marc Lock, one of your Terranora boys, led from the front and impressed, while vice-captain Charlie Dixon - a star on the rise - booted four goals, Matt Fowler two, and Todd Grayson two.
I must also mention Nathan Rolfe at the back who is really coming along, and Rex Liddy, an AIS Academy guy, who has worked hard all season to overcome a hamstring injury and was really lively around the forward half.
We're playing good football for increasingly long periods of time, and although we're not always dominating, there is definitely method to our madness.
Ultimately, we got the result we should have and we'll continue seeing these boys grow as players and people.
The next two weeks though will provide a litmus test for the boys.
Tomorrow, we take on Gippsland, who are currently third on the ladder, and the following week we tackle top-of-the-table Geelong, who are dominating the TAC Cup.
Knowing we could face either in September will be a good indicator of where we are at.
We beat Gippsland when we played them up here, but we haven't had the best away record this year, so it will be interesting.
If we prevail we'll move into at least third.
But our final position on the ladder counts for little more than playing a supposedly weaker side really, considering we'll be playing all our final's fixtures in Melbourne anyway.
They have been an easy bunch of boys to coach, but ultimately when it comes to the semis, I can say all I like, but it's something they must experience for themselves.
This will be another test and players will be exposed - we'll find out what some of them are made of.
They have come from all parts of Queensland, but they have come together to play for the club and have really embraced it, so I hope they are rewarded with a grand final berth.