Payne brothers kick goals
THE Payne brothers marked their first AFL Capricornia Trend Interiors Carpet and Tile Court premiership match together in style on the weekend.
Tyson, Toby and Darcy Payne kicked 11 goals between them, however for Glenmore Bulls coach Ross Borg, it was older brother Nic Payne who was the most impressive.
Playing at centre-half back, Nic’s effort in defence helped Glenmore Bulls (14.8.92) to a 39-point win over rivals Rockhampton Panthers (8.5.53) in their round one fixture at Rockhampton’s Stenlake Park on Saturday afternoon.
“While he didn’t kick any goals Nic was probably our best,” Borg said.
“He was just the Rock of Gibraltar in defence.”
Tyson and Toby Payne kicked four goals each, while the youngest of the four brothers Darcy bagged a hat-trick of goals in the wet, muddy conditions, to please Borg.
“If you can win by six goals in the wet when it’s tough to kick goals, you can probably double that when it’s dry so I was pretty happy with that,” Borg said.
Along with the Payne brothers, Borg was also pleased with the performances of Jack Williams and Trent White.
The Glenmore coach said his side was aware of what the conditions would be like prior to kick-off, and had structured his game plan accordingly.
“We knew it wasn’t going to be a big aerial contest, it was basically a contest at the ball, getting as many blokes around the football as possible and moving the ball about,” he said.
Despite the loss, Panthers assistant coach Rob Taylor said there was plenty the side could take out of the match.
“We had a lot of new players and it was our first hit out of the year for us, so it’ll take a bit of time for us to gel together,” Taylor said.
“We probably didn’t play to the conditions as well as they did. It was wet and we tried to play dry footy. Glenmore adapted to the conditions better than we did.”
Taylor was impressed with Panthers’ leading goal scorer Sam Gudgeon and former Bernie Gottke medallist and Panthers captain Liam Kronk.
Kronk, playing at half back flank, was the standout, according to Taylor.
“He really showed his class on the weekend,” Taylor said.
Co-coach Tom Kneen was also pleased with how the Panthers side fought in the contest.
“Overall, it was a pretty good effort. Everyone was putting their bodies on the line,” Kneen said.
In the other AFL Capricornia A grade fixture on the weekend, BITS Saints (15.15.105) were too good for Yeppoon Swans (11.3.69) while the Brothers and Gladstone Mudcrabs fixture was postponed due to the wet weather.
Glenmore Bulls 14.8.92 (Tyson Payne 4, Toby Payne 4, D. Payne 3, J. Williams, D. Mangan, S. Fowler goals) def Rockhampton Panthers 8.5.53 (S. Gudgeon 3, B. Bell, H. Davidson, M. Ellis, J. Littlehales, M. Ryan goals).
BITS Saints 15.15.105 (N Stanley 3, J Beirouti 3, A Rakip 3, A Philp 2, C Shipard, L Tennant, D Boase, K Bilston goals) def Yeppoon Swans 11.3.69 (J Downir 3, D Watkin 3, L Cossens, Lee Gribble, S Nicholls, R Robinson, S Price goals).