Souths hold on for win
A WIN is a win but for Rockhampton Souths coach, Brett Connor, satisfaction would have been achieved had his team not let Meteors back into their contest at Kalka Shades.
The champion Southside team started the game against its Gladstone opponent well enough with two goals from Jordan Edwards and one from the consistent Andrea Farrow and looked to be cruising to a convincing victory, however, the visitors had other ideas and pulled back to 3-2 leaving Souths anxiously waiting for the clock to wind down.
“We expected them to be quite a tough team but we were in control in the first half,” Connor reflected.
“We had the three goal lead but Meteors just hung in there.”
Despite having the majority of the players who triumphed in the 2010 grand final Connor admits his team is not quite up to the same level as last year yet.
“We still have a bit of work to do,” he said.
“It is basically the same team as last year and so there is no reason why we can't do it.”
Looking at this year's program, Connor believes the standard of the women's competition has lifted with all the teams competitive.
On Saturday Connor was happy with the display from 17-year-old Edwards who not only scored two goals but also played her role on the left side of the Souths midfield.
Farrow too looked sharp on her return from representative duties while Anna Murphy also showed good form between the posts.
Fierce rival Wanderers also showed it meant business with a 4-0 win over Park Avenue Brothers.
The Wanderers line-up has been strengthened by the return of Megan Hendry (nee Lewis) and she was on target twice against PA Brothers.
Hendry is an aggressive striker who knows where the goal is, adding much needed bite to the Wanderers line-up.
“She is really good and exactly what we needed,” coach Todd Harmsworth said.
The coach said Hayley Lewis and full back Kate Hammet also made telling contributions.
Wanderers also achieved a good result in the Men's A1 competition beating PA Brothers 5-0.
“It was a good win, in the second half we ran away with it,” said Harmsworth who led the line and scored twice.
From the game he picked Jared Truscott as Wanderers best on park.