Skipper forced to do it solo
COOLANGATTA captain Daniel Hawkins must be wondering where his teammates disappeared to during the Blues' miserable 16.14 (110) to 8.9 (57) hammering away to Burleigh on Saturday.
If present, they certainly didn't leave a mark at Bill Godfrey Oval with Hawkins all but a one-man show.
Hawkins kicked five majors against the Bombers en route to a game-high 33 points - more than the rest of the team managed collectively.
With just two goals to his name before the match, Hawkins is far from a noted goal scorer but he stood up after coach Scott Lawton's desperate reshuffle.
Matt McLaughlin and vice-captain Jason Smith also put their hands up on the day.
Jake Savage, Luke Cowan and Matthew Morale bagged the Blues' remaining six-pointers but few others impressed.
Burleigh controlled the game from the opening bounce, racing to a three-goal lead by the first break and led by eight goals at three-quarter time.
The Blues dug deep in the final term to prevent the score blowing out and to their credit almost matched the Bombers in the scoring stakes, falling just two points shy of their tally.
But it was too little, too late and the embattled side slumped to their 10th loss in 11 matches.
Elsewhere Wilston Grange upset Surfers Paradise 12.15 (87) to 12.12 (84), Maroochy-Northshore defeated Mayne 12.15 (87) to 5.9 (39), Noosa overcame Sandgate 13.15 (93) to 9.14 (68) and league leaders Palm Beach Currumbin thumped Springwood 16.11 (107) to 6.8 (44).
In NAB Cup under-18 action, the Gold Coast Football Club, playing as Queensland, were edged out 8.7 (55) to 7.7 (49) by Victoria on Saturday.