Jordan “MAYOR” MONCRIEFF produced a 10 goal haul in a second best afield performance in row on Saturday in what was a great day for the Cats with a clean sweep of wins in Mens football and a commanding win by our Women’s Division 1 side at Subaru.
The engine room was in full swing Saturday ably led by Max “PIG” LOWER with a lazy 40 possessions and 10 clearances. Blake ERICKSON and Ty ARMITAGE continued their outstanding form each with 30 plus possessions and plenty of overlap run. Quick and decisive ball movement, coupled with Mt Gravatt key defender Gavin Grose injuring a hamstring early in the match meant that MONCRIEFF often had one on one contests in an open forward line against an undersized opponent. A big bag of goals looked on the cards, and the mayor didn’t disappoint, and could’ve actually kicked a couple more on the day.
Tom BETSON battled manfully in the ruck despite giving up considerable size and height to Tiny Malone. Some excellent left-field thinking in the coaches box and good execution by our rucks to choose at times not to compete in the ruck, leaving an extra player at ground level certainly kept the opposition thinking. As a result, BETSON had 20 possessions (at 85% efficiency) and 6 clearances in a strong first senior appearance for the year.
GLEDHILL was solid down back and NELSON continued creating excellent run and breaking lines from the backline. Both Broadbeach junior debutants acquitted themselves well, with Brayden “BT” TAYLOR in particular looking comfortable at the level picking up over 20 possessions and a goal in a strong and clean display.
Overall, apart from a couple of lapses in concentration, for example conceding 50 metre penalties that led to goals, it was a commanding performance and the 84 point margin was a fair indicator of how the match played out. A serious knee injury to Brad LOWE in the first minute of the match was the only unfortunate sour note to the match and we wish Lowey all the best in his recovery and hope to see him in the back end of the season.
DEBUTANTS JAKE ROGERS AND BRAYDEN TAYLOR ABOVE.
In the reserves fixture, a side ravaged by injury and unavailability was looking vulnerable particularly early losing Aussie GAMBELL to what has sadly been confirmed as a season ending ACL injury. To the great credit of the coaches and players alike, the side never lost their resolve and managed to dominate the second half running out comfortable 5 goal winners. Luke DC kicked 4 in his best performance of the season to date, however Daniel GROSE and Jock THOMPSON dominated proceedings from down back, with both taking numerous intercept marks, and showing excellent composure with ball in hand. Cody GRANT and Troy TOUSSAINT worked really hard through the midfield in an overall very pleasing display. Aden CONLON and Hamo HOWARD did well in their first matches at reserves level.
The colts fought really hard to secure a nail biting 3 point win. This was a gutsy and spirited win particularly given many of the top performing colts of the first few weeks were unavailable due to academy commitments, or had been pushed up to senior or reserves level. Great job lads.
Jacqui MATHERS and Kody WOLTER-SMITH were stand outs for our Div 1 womens team both kicking 2 goals in their 10 goal win. Captain Rebecca GOODWIN had plenty of it through the middle in what was an encouraging win. The Div 2 team fought hard but were beaten, however are showing areas of improvement week by week.
ALL PICS THANKS TO BROOKE SLEEP.