We travelled out to Uni for the second time in a month to play off in the elimination final. To get to this point from where we were in November was a pleasant surprise to all concerned.
With the senior players turning up to give support ably assisted by all the parents who made the trek there was a feeling something special was about to happen. With the game plan fresh in their minds we hit the ground running to break open a 6 goal lead at quarter time. Spooner was creating havoc at CHF and with Uni’s CHB struggling to keep up we had a great avenue to goal. Joe Gould was presenting up forward and with the on ballers standing their ground in 50/50 contests we all felt pretty pleased with our efforts.
As I expected Uni came out in the 2nd quarter and began using it a lot better. We started to make a few errors and this helped Uni who were now full of running. Through great work from our back 6 lead by Lachlan “Rowdy “ Soutter and Josh “Tumble Roll” Lowe we were able to keep the dogs at bay and head into half time 6 points up.
An inspired effort was needed by all as both Mad Dog and I were sensing a bit of self doubt. We mentioned that this will be a win to remember and that seemed to spark a bit of belief in the boys. We were struggling to break free of Uni and I thought we would need at least a 4 goal lead going into the final break. A great snap by Jarrod Nicholson and some smart running down the wing by Kizza allowed us to take a 17 point lead into the final stanza.
The last quarter was a very see sawing affair. We scored early thanks to Jarrod Nicholson and with Bomber coming into the game more we were holding tough. Uni scored to peg back the difference and with what seemed an eternity the quarter rolled on. Tys Brown showed how hard he had run by throwing up twice before coming off for a breather. With Toohey’s inside out banana goal to seal victory there was quite a few happy people around the ground as the siren went. A well deserved 20 point win against probably the fittest team in the comp.
A great win by the boys and I can honestly say I have never heard the song sang with so much pride before.
Special mention to all the supporters who made the trip to Uni. At times it felt like we had another player on the ground and you could clearly see the boys lift when the supporters roared out for Redcliffe. We hope to see you all again this week.