Roos downed by Mayne, face Noosa in preliminary final
The Mayne Tigers have turned the tables on the Roos, downing them by 19 points to be the first team to qualify for 2015 QFA North Grand Final. The Roos will now clash with Noosa in both seniors and reserves on Saturday for that final GF berth.
The Roos entered the match full of confidence after beating Maybe earlier in the season to end the defending premier's 26-game winning streak.
Little seperated the sides early with both teams kicking two majors before Mayne entered the first change up 15-14.
But the Tigers kicked clear in the second term to pile on five goals to take a 47-19 lead at the main break.
"That second quarter really hurt us," Roos coach Brett Maloney said.
The Roos rallied in the final quarter to get within seven points but could not claw their way back.
"The rain set in at that stage and it is always hard to kick goals in the rain," Maloney said.
Maloney said his troops would bounce back quickly and put in a strong effort on the training paddock ahead of the preliminary final.
"We will lick out wounds but we have a big game to look forward to now against Noosa," he said.
"They have beaten us twice and we have got them once so it will be close."
In the other clash, Maroochydore Reserves earned themselves a preminary final clash against Noosa after a dominating perforance against Caloundra in their do or die clash on Saturday.
In a goaless first term, the Roos dominated play however could not excert scoreboard pressure to justify the playto go into the first break 0.6 to 0.0 ahead. Things began to go to plan from then on in with Maroochydore piling on 4, 4 & 5 goals over the next three quarters to take home a comfortable 74 point victory.
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