Clinton’s Kelly Searston makes a dash against Central in the CQ Preliminary Final at the Clinton Sports Club, Gladstone.
Clinton’s Kelly Searston makes a dash against Central in the CQ Preliminary Final at the Clinton Sports Club, Gladstone. Christopher Chan

Bellert seals Clinton's victory

RYAN Bellert left everything on the field over the weekend as his Clinton side defeated Central 2-1 to secure a spot in the 2012 CQ Premier League grand final.

Clinton coach Derek Horton said he was counting down the days until his full-strength squad got a second chance at cracking Nerimbera in the grand final this Saturday afternoon.

If his side played with as much gumption as the last time the two teams met, combined with the confidence taken from their win against Central, they would have a shot at taking out the premiership, the coach said.

During the weekend's preliminary final, Clinton seemed to dominate in the first half of the game but surprisingly left the field a goal down to Central.

"We played reasonably well," Horton said.

"I think we could have scored a few more goals on Saturday but we're just really looking forward to playing Nerimbera again this week."

It was in the second half of the game where Bellert came out onto the field all guns blazing to score an impressive two goals for Clinton.

"Ryan Bellert played extremely well and has been on fire over the last half of the season," Horton said.

Horton said the team worked very hard in the second half to shut down the Central side.

"They're (Central) always tough and they delivered the type of game we expected," he said.

Horton praised Marc Wheeler and Brendan Kanofski for their strong work in defence and hopes it will come in handy when they face Nerimbera, recognised as having the best defence in the league.

"Nerimbera is a very defensive side, that's how they play and we're expecting a very tough game," Horton said.

"We're really happy about getting a second chance to take them down and we're ready to go."

The grand final between Clinton and Nerimbera kicks off this Saturday, at Ryan Park, from 4.30pm.



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