Semi final action at The Cattery

This Sunday sees the Sunshine Coast Radiology AFL Juniors start their finals campaign, action aplenty we will witness across three fields, the Cattery, the Demons Den and Weyba Road. All venues will host a full day of football starting at 9am.

 Don’t forget, to help fund the finals series a $2.00 per adult entry fee applies.

 Also in our finals series we play time on (not for everything) and then if we get a drawn result at full time in semi finals it is into extra time. Extra time can be two 10 minute (5 each way) periods and then if still a dead lock it’s golden point time.

At the Cattery on Sunday the wide open space of their field of play will make for plenty of opportunity with attacking football utilizing the spaces.

Quality kicking to maximize the switch of play and opening up the fat side with in turn clear ball movement into the forward 50 is the way to play the cattery. Players will test their fitness giving winning teams the edge in the run and carry.

9am - Under 14 Division 2 First Semi: Bribie Island V Kawana Park

Bribie Island players to watch: Luke Gallina, Jack Foumakis, Jerome Perri, Bradley Henri, with Munday and Bears. Heaps more!

Kawana Park players to watch: Harrison Simpson, Lawrence Sipinkas, Jack Murphy, Ned Archer, Jacob Glover, Corey “the raffle ticket shark” Linton, Sam Nankervis and fellow Eagles.

Season 2012 has been a battle for the Eagles of Kawana Park juggling limited numbers between two 14s teams – this Sunday should see them with the ability to field a full team which will make for an interesting competition against a good Bribie Island team. The winner has the opportunity to go on and fight another day in Preliminary Final action.

10.50am - Under 14 Division 1 First Semi: Maroochydore Gold V Gympie

Maroochydore Gold players to watch: Fletcher Ormrod, James Puschmann, Bayden Goff, Zayde Williams, Kayleb Murray, Jai Larkins, Connor Pugh, Jekodah Spears and the rest of the mob.

Gympie players to watch: Joel Perry-Warren, Hayden Izod, Kimba Rowlands, Wade Bliesner, Jarrod Clouston, Rory Lehane, Daniel Stubbs and the rest of the litter.

Again the second game of the day has one team looking to continue on in their march for finals glory whilst for the other it is mothballs for season 2012.

The Cats have been hot and cold over the season and on their day have the ability to take the game right up to all comers. Maroochydore Gold just continue to go about their business with minimal fuss and I am sure within are confident of making a real impact this next three weeks.

In round 5 the Cats got up 7.14.56 to 8.6.54, then in round 13 and on foreign turf the Golden Roo won the day with a score of 6.7.43 to 5.5.35.

So travelling to the Cattery should not be of concern to these Roos but again as the two season results show it is one win a piece and still then never much in it. Suggestion, don’t trim your nails spectators you will need something to chew on with this one, right down to the wire. In fact will it present our time keepers with extra time needs?

12.40pm - Under 16 Division 2 - Second Semi: Nambour & Hinterland V Maroochydore

Nambour & Hinterland players to watch: Zane Habermann, Geordie Carson-Schultz, Lochie Laing, Jackson Woolley, Nathan Hayes, Jacaeb Pass.

Maroochydore players to watch: Caleb Reid, Che Wiedman, James Fox, Joshua Keleher, Lochie O’Toole.

The winner is into the Grand Final that alone will give two capable teams just the want to make a real go of this game.

After a shaky start to the season Nambour & Hinterland finally got their team sorted and by round six when they again came up against Maroochydore they were full of running. That day 9.10.64 got them over the line to 7.8.50. Courey Hubscher-Anzini not able to do it against his previous season team mates. Zane Habermann as always just the big motor for his Blues team.

Round 11 again saw Nambour & Hinterland Blues to strong for a committed Roos of Maroochydore team, the final margin a clear 25 points. But the attention must be drawn to the last time these two teams met: Maroochydore 13.9.87 to the Blues 8.5.53. A 34 point win giving them the greatest winning margin to date and for me in that game, some 9 more scoring shots being telling.

2.45pm - Under 16 Division 1 - Second Semi:       Maroochydore V Caloundra

Maroochydore players to watch: Brandon Maki, Blake Kennedy, Harrison Kerr, Will Kristelly, Brad Illot (injured?), Matthew Bradford, Baiden Howard, Jayden J-M, Jason Lamb, Brendon Press, Nathan Reidy, Scott Sinclair and on and on I could go.

Caloundra players to watch: Brad French (is he right to go?), Ben Francis, Jamen Warren, Tom Hedley, Eric Hipwood, Sam Hodgson, Gareth Hunt, Tom Patton, Rhys Buckholz, Bradley Dale, and again on and on I could go.                        

Finally and hopefully with plenty of daylight left, the Cattery will swing in to action with a game that promises more than a visit to the chocolate factory.

The might of Maroochydore taking on the might of Caloundra in a blockbuster Sunday arvo of Sunny Coast junior footy action. It promises to be one for the ages.

Four times these sides have met over season 2012. Maroochydore hold the upper hand with wins in rounds 1, 11 and 16 but Caloundra’s glory came back in round 6. The margins have been 13, 19, 21 and 16 points all relatively close on the scoreboard. But during the course of all these home and away games one side or the other held sway for a period of time. So on Sunday with direct passage into the Grand Final the teams need to hold their composure when the other is having a run on, hold ground, work harder as the tide will again turn.

Both sides have a mass of great junior players and as a whole bat to great depth. This game is all about what the second half of the team can do, hold their opponent to an ineffective game, chiming in for the occasional spot of brilliance, nail a goal here and there, undertake the great smother, shepherd or all minor acts of team brilliance.

If you are there for an earlier game roll out the camping chair, grab some pop corn and enjoy the show – will be a beauty!

So all in all, you are guaranteed to witness a fantastic day of footy at the Cattery, so remember: cheer loud and positively as you witness many quality teams doing battle in what will be a number of epic games, proudly brought to you by the Catters of Gympie.


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