The first quarter saw us jump out of the blocks and create good opportunities going forward. Leaving Joe Gould one out in the forward 50 paid dividends straight away with him getting us on the board early. We built up a handy 24 point lead at the first break but we knew there was work to be done.
We started well in the 2nd quarter but then went back to old habits which allowed Caloundra to dictate the play for most of the last part of the quarter. Marcus Gregory was using the extra space to win plenty of the ball but we started clogging up the forward 50 and thus made any venture forward worthless. We came in at half time with a 45 point lead but it felt we had not done enough.
With the players told to lift their intensity at the ball and to start protecting the ball carrier we became more fluent in our approach. Ben Strang assumed the role at full back against a much taller opponent and still seemed to get his hands on the ball. With rotations aplenty we had our second tier on ballers doing a fair job of getting the ball forward to our advantage. It was pleasing to see Caloundra not giving up the fight and thus we had to work to get our lead out to 65 points at ¾ time.
With the message of protecting the ball carrier still fresh in their minds we came out a more committed unit in the last quarter. Joe Gould was capitalizing on more space up forward and finished the day with 8 goals. Marcus, Tom Roney and Jake Haggerty kept moving the ball forward and with JT controlling the ruck all day it was pleasing to see the boys finish off with a strong last quarter. A 92 point win was very pleasing but at times we let ourselves down with poor disposal and poor discipline.
With Bribie at home next Sunday we hope we can click at the same time and have another good win. Fingers crossed.