University of QLD v Surfers Paradise 07/05/2016
It was another case of so close, yet so far for the UQAFC senior boys. Coming up against the Surfers Paradise Demons where the last two games was both decided within one kick it was always going to be a cracking contest. Once again the sun was shining and Playing Field 9 was looking a treat.
From the first bounce, the contest was frantic. The fast flowing pace off the game was exciting to watch and was capped off when UQ struck with the first goal. Surfers’ had come off an impressive win against Labrador and it was no surprise when they started to back their game plan and put on a couple of goals to be up midway through the first. However, a couple of freakish goals to D’Roza and Ross from the boundary line kept UQ with a sniff and they went into the first break trailing by 5 points. The second quarter is where UQ looked unstoppable. Hannaford was getting on top in the middle, and the forward line was looking dangerous. Carlson and Hodgson were providing leading targets and finishing off the hard work.
UQ boasted a 2 goal lead midway through the 2nd, however a 10 minute lapse allowed Surfers to pile on the goals and UQ went into Half-time trailing by 26 points. Coming out of the sheds at half-time, Toots must have fired up the boys because the attack on the footy was ferocious. It was a real arm-wrestle but the momentum was definitely shifting UQ’s way. Aston was getting on the outside of the contest and hitting up Tagell and Milford, both who started to show their strong firepower that UQ are lucky to have.
Although having a great deal of possession in the 3rd, Surfers managed to snag a couple late and the margin rested at 29 point during the break. There must’ve been one message at the break and that would’ve been ‘take the game on’. Begley and Powyer gladly accepted the offer and off they went. Burning the opposition and running through the middle, the comeback was looking likely. Young Warren stepped up and the atmosphere around the ground was building. The game continue to ebb and flow, but the attacking nature off the game allowed Surfers to get out the back of some contests and kick some crucial goals which kept UQ at bay. Eventually, the siren sounded with UQ 10 points short. It would seem as though it’s another game that UQ let slip, however the signs and culture around the group looks to be very exciting and it won’t be long till the wins start to flow.
Round 6 UQ take on Mt Gravatt good luck boys!
– Dylan D’Roza