BROADBEACH have beaten Surfers Paradise in a nail biting Gold Coast Blockbuster. A great crowd gathered at Subaru Oval Sunday, as both clubs honoured our great mate Andrew Schumacher. The cats battled hard and succumbed to Surfers congested style of play forcing turnovers, repeat stoppages and making sure we struggled to change direction by foot. Riley WINTER kicked our only major of the first term which saw us trailing by 1 point at QTR time. MONCRIEFF and WINTER were a formidable pair up front booting 7 goals between them with Winter kicking 4 and Moncrieff 3. Finn BROWN and Michael SELSBY were lively in the midfield creating a lot of play for the forwards and Ryan PICKERING continues to impress in the ruck in his maiden senior season. Leading by 3 points going into the third term, WINTER booted his 3rd goal early but not before a surfers goal straight in response. This is when the "MAYOR" Moncrieff stood up and booted 2 consecutive crucial goals from 50m to put us out to 15 points. All game our defence was magnificent led by captain Josh SEARL and vice-captain Liam NELSON. James GLEDHILL was super down back and had a magnificent last QTR, spoiling 2 incoming goals on the line and taking 3/4 intercept marks late in defence. NELSON's run off half back saw him awarded the Andrew Schumacher Medal for best on ground voted on by Brad Moore and Craig O'Brien. Nick BURTON kicked the sealer late in the last which saw us scrap home to a 10 point victory. Was great to have Broadbeach Junior Cody HARRINGTON debut at age 16. He did not look out of place and played a great game on the wing. Coach O'Brien was happy with the win but there were very solid and positive discussions post game with the playing group on how to improve individually and as a playing group. We travel to Wilston Grange next week and look to keep our undefeated start to the QAFL.
Goal Kickers: R. Winter 4, J. Moncrieff 3, K. Sheers, N. Burton, F. Brown
Best Players: L. Nelson, J. Searl, M. Selsby, R. Pickering, J. Gledhill, R. Winter
In the other fixtures at Subaru Oval, the reserves suffered their second consecutive loss on our home deck losing to Surfers by 43 points. Broadbeach juniors Jonah SEMMLER, Brayden TAYLOR and Kyle CLARK impressed with solid performances as they push their case for higher opportunities. Plenty of games left in the season for the boys to get their season back on track. The Colts had a slow start but powered home to defeat a sharp shooting Surfers by 25 points. Connar ROBSON booted home 4 goals and Harry TONKS kicked 3 goals in a dominant performance up forward. Hamilton HOWARD was a clear best on ground displaying elite foot skills and was well supported in the midfield by u16 Harrison MARSHAM. The WOMENS teams suffered defeats to a much stronger Surfers Paradise in both divisions.
Goal Kickers: L. Dempsey-Ceh 2, T. Betson, A. Gambell, E. Pyatt, D. Raman, D. Lancaster
Best Players: J. Semmler, B. Taylor, K. Clark, A. Gambell, C. Pyke, K. Reynoldson
Goal Kickers: C. Robson 4, H. Tonks 3, T. Dawson, E. Stortenbeker, S. Rose
Best Players: H. Howard, H. Marsham, N. Cottrell, E. Stortenbeker, D. LeQuesne
WOMENS DIV 1
Broadbeach 1.2.8 def by Surfers 5.1.31
D2: Broadbeach 0.2.2 def by Surfers 6.6.42