When the UQAFC were gearing up to host the undefeated Morningside Panthers it would have been easy to write the game off before it had even begun. Moving up two divisions in two years is a massive step and, despite putting in some very competitive patches in almost all of their games to date, the UQ boys were yet to register a win in the QAFL. Many would have predicted the students to be blasted out of the game early.
But as the teams lined up on Sunday afternoon in front of a large St Lucia crowd, you could tell UQ were not ready to roll over. Pat O’Shaugnessy flew high early to feed the ball down to his on-ball brigade, led expertly by “Big Gay” Al Carlson. In the absence of many of our regular on-ballers Al stepped up and made himself heard, marshalling troops around the contest.
UQ capitalised on just about every chance they created in a high-scoring first period, knowing that it would take something special to stick with the ladder-leaders through the afternoon. Silky Scott Miller opened UQ’s scoring tally, before a flying Jared D’Roza finished with precision from the boundary after a run down the wing/forward-flank which brought the crowd in the canteen corner of the field to life. Dustin Harris replicated the feat from the other pocket and Jarrod Prakelt finished truly in the 35th minute mark to send the home team just two goals down at the quarter-time break. There was a buzz around Oval 7.
The second term started slowly with both teams slogging it out attempting to gain the ascendancy. The sides were locked in an arm-wrestle with only one goal each registered through the first 15 minutes. Unfortunately the Panthers were able to run out the first half stronger, slamming on 6 goals in the final 10 minutes. The Red Lions regrouped at the half with the score reading UQAFC 7.2.44 to Morningside 14.12.96.
Wary of the potential of being blown out, UQ come out firing after the long break. The back-half fought admirably with the rebounding skills of Lewis Radford, Sean Maxwell and Brodie Tebbutt setting up plenty of attacking drives. The fierce contest resulted in a very low-scoring quarter by Oval 7 standards, with Morningside only opening the gap by a solitary goal.
The final term saw the visitor’s experience shine through as they closed the day out comfortably. Rick Dolphin reeled in another as the only goalscorer for the final term, while “Jeano” Prakelt finished with four for the day. Down back Tim Davidson has to be commended for his exceptional efforts on a quality key forward. “Dusty” Harris played out a superb game winning mountains of hard-ball against his old club and was rewarded with best-on-ground accolades for the afternoon.
No doubt the home crowd helped get the boys going and we’d love to have as many supporters as possible at the games through the rest of the year. Lots of ladies made it down to Oval 7 for Ladies Day, and we thank them for their support. It certainly looked as though they enjoyed themselves on the hill with cider flowing and music courtesy of our very Red Lion DJ.
The Red Lions now have a week off before taking on Wilston Grange (away on 15 June) and Sandgate (home on 21 June). The confidence gained from being able to run with the top team for more than a half of football will spur the boys on in the second half of the season, and if their improvement is any indication that first win will not be very far away at all.
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