Big guns in dominant mood
WEDNESDAY night was not for those spectators at Jardine Park who enjoy tight results.
Even the match tipped to be the game of the night resulted in a 20-goal blow-out, with Frenchville Brumbies beating Capricorn Coast Marlins to cement their place in the top four.
The result will make it difficult for Marlins, because it leaves a “two-win” gap between the top four and the remainder of the pack.
Coach Tanya Burnett admits the goal of her Marlins team is a top-four finish but she will not be happy with her team's attack, because scoring just 18 goals is not going to get points on the ladder.
The Rockhampton Leagues Club Best on Court for the Brumbies was Alysha Kuhl, while Natalie Rogers was Marlins' star.
Brothers Crimson had a close tussle with Angels Titans but unfortunately that was only for the first quarter.
“We weren't too good in the first quarter. We only led by three goals,” Brothers coach Tanya Shuker said.
However, the game ended as a contest in the third quarter as Brothers built a big lead, while Angels were held to just three goals.
In the end Brothers ran away with the game to win 45-25, with Amee Brown, the Brothers shooter, scoring 32 goals and named her team's Best on Court.
Missing from Brothers' line-up were Heidi Barnett, Zoe Seibold and Wendy Evans, but Shuker said it was an opportunity for reserve players to show their ability.
She was especially happy with Jessie McMaster, who played the whole game at goal defence.
Bluebirds Hawks and RGS Magics both had star players missing for a match where the experienced Bluebirds were expected to win easily.
This the reigning champions achieved, winning 47-19 despite the young Grammar students putting on a spirited display.
Bluebirds were missing influential players at either end of the court, with shooter Poppy Larson unavailable, as was defender Mikaela King.
Missing from the Magics' line-up was their most experienced player Claudia Jones.
Bluebirds coach Barbara Ahmat said she also took the opportunity to spell Claws defender Danielle Wingard after she played in both matches at Brisbane over the weekend.
Into the line-up came newcomer Brooke Edwards, who is a new shooter at Bluebirds.
“It was only her third game with the club,” Ahmat said.
Sharing the defensive duties with Wingard was Elise Crawford, who stepped up from the lower grades.
Ahmat felt the youngsters in the Magics team deserved praise for their display.
“The high school team did very well,” she said.
Rockhampton Leagues Club Best on Court for Bluebirds was teenager Shanita Smith, while Capricorn Academy shooter Maddie Ryan was Magics' best.
Colts' hot form continued, with the depleted Frenchville Mustangs no match for them.
In the end Colts were 30 goals too good, winning 53-23.
Like the other top teams, Colts could afford to experiment, using Mel Clarke at goal defence and Carmen Andersen at wing defence.