Coast players maul Cougars
OUCH, that hurt!
Central Queensland football was given a reality check on Saturday night when the young Cougars were severely mauled by league leader Sunshine Coast to the tune of 14-1.
It was a brutal lesson for the players who are attempting to make the transition from the lower levels of the game to the faster, tougher version of football that is the Hyundai QSL.
The expressions on the majority of faces told the story as the Cougars trudged off the park after giving everything but finding it was not enough.
Sunshine Coast always bring plenty to a contest and the 2011 squad is no different.
Midfield maestro Tyson Holmes was known to be a danger and capable of controlling a match but unfortunately the young Central Queensland team had few answers, as he rarely lost the ball in the middle of the park and linked with his forwards to such effect he scored six goals himself.
The sad truth is the Cougars have been forced to put players into positions where they may not be suited and have youngsters battling in key positions against players, like Holmes and Shaun Blackman.
Basically it was a battle of men against boys with the Cougars swamped in the middle of the park and defenders run off their feet as Sunshine Coast players moved forward in numbers.
The main positive to come from the game was the Cougars must continue with the young players this year as they learn the game through experience.
In goal Tim English appeared to let his head drop late in the first half but to his credit lifted once more and saved the team from suffering a bigger defeat.
Max Thompson looked the part at centre back while in the middle of the park Johnathon Sauer ran all game and along with Jarrod Lancaster had a very good spell early in both halves.
Another bright note was the display of Matt Davy up front. The young Kiwi made it 1-1 after 10 minutes when he calmly got around ’keeper Anthony Hall to score.
However, before the break Coast had slammed in another seven and the Cougars were well on their way to the biggest defeat of their history and, ironically, in front of their best crowd of the season.
Round 7 games played on Saturday:
Sunshine Coast 14 (Tyson Holmes 6, Jason Hicks 3, Sam Knight 2, Alex Henderson, Shaun Blackman, Aaron Brazendale) def Cougars 1 (Matt Davy)
FNQ Bulls 3 def Bundaberg 1
Played Sunday: Whit. Miners 2 def Gold Coast 1, Razorbacks v QAS
Points after Saturday’s games:- Sunshine Coast 22, Strikers 12, Razorbacks 9, QAS 8, FNQ Bulls 8, Gold Coast 7, Miners 6, Bundaberg 1, Cougars 1.
Southern Cross 4* have withdrawn.