With a number of key players missing for Redcliffe’s game against the Gold Coast (Played at Labrador), the game was always going to be a challenge for Redcliffe. Gold Coast jumped Redcliffe with a 5 goal to 1 first quarter, which showed up Redcliffe’s lack of run through the middle of the ground. Whilst the backline was working hard, our midfielders were simply not able to push as hard as the Gold Coast in the opening quarter, which resulted in numerous scoring chances and plenty of loose men for the Gold Coast.
Dean Flynn was the stand out performer in the first quarter, battling hard to try and repel the Gold Coast’s dominance. Dean Milstead and Ian Brown were needed to be pushed back to the backline to help out, but in the second quarter it was still Gold Coast’s run through the middle that saw them leading 9 – 11 – 66 to Redcliffe 1 – 3 – 9.
At half time the boys spoke about digging deep and wearing the tigers jumper with pride. It meant that everyone had to stand up and become accountable, and to run as hard as possible to each and every contest.
Bobby Templeman led the way, pushing right up the ground to offer assistance to the midfield and backline. Tom McMahon and Jason Latimer kept running and pushing themselves to the limit. The second half saw a great contest and Redcliffe show their Tiger spirit to match Gold Coast on the scoreboard.
For the first time in years Bobby T, Laurie and Pete Phelan (Equal club Best and Fairest Winners in 1982), played in the same team. A fantastic story not only for the 3 guys but also for the history of the Redcliffe Football Club.