Seniors Summary: Round 7
The Tigers Roar! Cobras bite lacks venom....Seniors Summary: Round 7
Scoreboard 1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr Final Score
Redcliffe 2.0..12 8.8..56 9.9...63 12.12..84
Logan 4.3..27 6.6..42 7.10..52 8.14...62
R.Williams 4, B.Rawlings & C.Frusher 2, J.Burgoyne, D.Lee, A.Kouvaras & C.Bickerton 1
D.Lee, R.Kernick, A.Kouvaras, B.Somers, J.Niven & S.Jenkins
Redcliffe versus Logan over the years has seen many non-contest affairs, notably the 200 point drubbing handed out by the Tigers in season 2008. Last year the Cobras bit back and with this season’s form and a new-look running game were the clear favourites for Saturday’s match.
The coaching panel has had a decimated list in which to work with in 2010 and welcomed into the side Scott Ward, Chris Anderson and Frank Williams for their first senior hit-out this year and also Toby Southgate for his first senior game at the club. All players looked accomplished and were instrumental in helping the locals play courageous football.
The preconception about our opponents was that they would be a running side with plenty of pace so it was drummed into the Tigers about how critical accountability and clean skills would be if we were to take the 4 points. From the first bounce we were right as it looked like a green and red blanket had been thrown over the field as the Logan players spread quickly into space and scored the first couple. As if a switch had been flicked, the Tigers responded simultaneously and worked exceptionally as a team to close down the space and play tight, man on man football. In order to win a contest you have to be in a contest and the home side demonstrated this perfectly. Damien Lee led the way with a stellar job on the opposition's main ball-winner and Jason Burgoyne also preferred the fast style game harassing the Cobra players into many errors.
Starting the second term behind on the scoreboard didn’t appear to faze Redcliffe as they became relentless with their pressure, and as a reward piled on 6 goals to 2. In form tall Brett Somers owned the centre of the ground and Andrew Kouvaras and James Niven were making clearances look easy giving the forwards plenty of chances. Ricky Williams was marking at will and finished with 4 goals for the match whilst Josh Bond, Brett Rawlings and Clint Frusher also displayed strong hands.
The only blemish for the home side came through the first 8 minutes of the third quarter when Logan desperately tried to swing the momentum. The Tigers were now being tested and looked as if the foot had slipped off the accelerator a little but with defenders Gary Spencer, Scott Davis, skipper Steve Jenkins and the rest of the back 6 not giving an inch, were able to continue controlling the contest.
A 2 goal lead with a quarter to play and a very vocal home crowd were sensing a Tiger victory. The black and golds were in the box seat but they hadn’t completely broken their opponents....yet. The ground level players in Ben Foley and Michael Allkin were now exposing the Cobras inability to chase after being worn down for three quarters and with a couple of early majors, including a crowd lifter to Craig Bickerton, the resistance had been smothered.
Richard Kernick again led the tackle count and stats were also taken on uncontested possession. The figures clearly showed that our season is well and truly alive if we play to the game plan. Redcliffe have some very winnable games coming up but as always, will need to be at their best to start climbing the ladder. It was a great win guys but it will take the same attitude at training to continue enjoying our football. I believe Logan came to Rothwell expecting an easy win after smashing their arch rivals Beenleigh the week before and Calamvale lost to Ipswich this week after beating us for the first time ever. It goes to show you have to been on your game every week, and that’s exactly what we will have to do.
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