Spoon-bound Blues to endure coach's wrath
THERE will be plenty of sore heads around the border today, after the Coolangatta Blues failed to lift themselves from the foot of the Pineapple Hotel Cup ladder over the weekend.
The wooden spoon front-runners shortened to even money favourites on the back of a 15.11-101 to 9.7-61 defeat away to Mayne on Saturday, a loss that sees the embattled club drift further away from Springwood.
Coach Scott Lawton had said pre-game a loss in this catch-up fixture would all but end the Blues' season and secure the spoon, promising to break the dreaded utensil across his men's heads should they fail.
A man of his word, he yesterday confirmed the beating is coming.
“The season is obviously away from us now, and our position on the bottom can only change with a couple of upsets in the remaining few weeks,” he said. “So I'll be catching up with them at training and dishing out the punishment.”
Coolangatta opened the game like a team driven to succeed and following one of their season best halves of football, found themselves trailing by just two goals and well in the hunt.
“The first half was really pleasing, and we thought we were a good chance in the last two quarters,” Lawton said.
“But in the third quarter they just skipped away from us.”
A game high 5.3-33 third quarter to the Blues' 2.2-14 paving the way for a ballooning scoreline which was complimented by a 4.2-26 closing term.
“A couple of late withdrawals regarding our on-ballers hurt because we didn't have that rotation around the middle of the park,” Lawton said.
“Jason Smith was a stand-out for us though, taking about 15 contested marks around the ground.”
In the only other match played, Maroochy/Northshore edged out Burleigh 19.7-121 to 16.9-105.