Friday 17 July 2009

Morningside might have one hand on the QAFL Velocity Sports Cup minor premiership after systematically tearing apart third-placed Redland at Victoria Point last weekend, but talk of finals at Esplen Oval is non-existence.

Coupled with a loss by arch rivals Southport, it put the Panthers two games and percentage clear with five matches to play before the finals.

“We haven’t spoken about finals one bit,” said quality midfielder Paul Shelton. “It’s a matter of every game sticking to our processes and doing what we want to do and going from there.”

Shelton has added a whole new dimension to the Panthers since returning to his club of origin from the VFL this year.

He collected 35 possessions, including 10 each in the first and third quarters last weekend, and is leading the Syd Guildford Trophy for the player of the year after Round 13.

“Yeah I’m happy, but you can always go to another level,” he said of his form.

“Early on I had a bit of a slow start probably trying to adapt to the different style of footy that I played down south.

“Since then I’ve got my hands on the footy a bit more and understood our game plan a bit better, although that’s probably the same for all our team.”

Morningside face a tricky assignment against a young Broadbeach outfit at Merrimac Oval, where they have found it tough to win in the past, tomorrow.

“We know that we’ve got one more week to stick to our process, to keep doing what we’re doing, and then have a rest with the bye weekend,” Shelton said.

“Broadbeach pushed Southport two weeks ago and just because they may not have won as many games, they are pushing teams.”


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