EDGING CLOSER: Caloundra Panther Jye Storen in action.
EDGING CLOSER: Caloundra Panther Jye Storen in action. Geoff Potter

Going close will suffice for Caloundra Panthers

CALOUNDRA will not define a win in the usual sense today when it faces a heavily fancied Maroochydore outfit in its round 11 QFA North clash.

The fourth-placed Panthers are realistic about their chances of toppling a second-placed Roos who ended ladder-leader Mayne's 26-game winning streak three weeks ago.

Caloundra was belted by 24 goals when the sides met in round four but has since improved significantly, climbing into semi-final contention.

Coach Russell Evans said his definition of a victory was not just a matter of scoring more points than Maroochydore today.

"Winning isn't the only thing and a win for us this week is getting close (to Maroochydore)," he said.

"That probably sounds strange not talking about just winning, but you have got to be realistic and we understand what a win looks like for us."

One man helping lead the charge towards the Panthers' success is Jye Storen.

The 27-year-old has been with the club for 19 years after starting in under-8s and progressing though the ranks to become a key member of the top squad.

"It is coming together the last three to four weeks but we need to show it against the top sides like the Roos," Storen said.

"We would love to knock them off this week but it is more about getting our team structures right."

Storen said if they continued to do that in coming seasons, a premiership would not be too far away.

"We have got some young kids coming through who are showing some good form so if we keep them at the club we should be able to get a flag soon," he said.

In other games, Nambour will host Aspley and Moreton Bay will welcome Mayne.

GAME DAY

CALOUNDRA v MAROOCHYDORE

Today, Caloundra, 2pm


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