Kelly's heroes get the win
“I'M glad to come away with a win but that's about it.”
That was the comment form Tweed Coast Tigers coach Paul Kelly after his side chalked up a 22.18.150 to 11.7.73 win over Nimbin at Nimbin on Saturday in the Summerland League Australian Rules competition.
With a squad of just 16 and missing up to 14 regular players, Kelly was forced to call upon some of his more inexperienced players to carry the load at the weekend.
“We started slowly in the first quarter and then hit our straps in both the second and third quarters, before being completely outplayed in the fourth quarter,” Kelly said.
“It was a good percentage-boosting win but it was also a bit of an eye-opener for the players involved and showed that you just can't turn up and expect to win.”
Kelly said he was looking forward to having some of his key players back this week in preparation for the team's final home game of the year, against premiers Byron Bay in what promises to be a tough encounter.
“This is also our last game of the regular season, because we have a bye in the last round,” he said.
“Byron will be a good test for us coming into the finals so we want to give a good showing.”
In a much-improved performance, the Coolangatta Blues gave one of their most competitive and combative efforts of the season.
However, they still went down to second-placed Maroochy/Northshore, though by just 17 points, 10.12.72 to 7.13.55, at Len Peak Oval Kirra in round 15 of the Pineapple Hotel Cup on Saturday.
With the addition of three Papua New Guinea players on match permit loan from Mt Gravatt, the Blues were competitive throughout the game, with the visitors only skipping away in the final quarter.
Coolangatta coach Scott Lawton, while disappointed with the loss, took a lot of positives from the game for his team.
“Considering the last time we played they gave us a bit of a touch-up and our recent losses have been by huge margins, this was a good result,” Lawton said.
“It was a fairly even game, with both sides missing a lot of shots at goal, but it just showed what an injection of some new players with a bit of skill can do.
“It certainly gives us something to aim for next season.
“After the match, I said to the players that the result was a reflection of the fact that all 22 players contributed and they should be pleased with their performance.”
In other Pineapple Hotel Cup games at the weekend Wilston Grange was far too strong for Springwood, winning 21.29.155 to 4.4.28, Burleigh had a huge win over Mayne, 29.15.189 to 8.7.55, Palm Beach downed Sandgate in a closer contest, 17.7.109 to 13.11.89, and Surfers Paradise defeated Noosa in a comparatively low-scoring match, 11.17.83 to 8.11.59.