Aiming to cut supply Mayne's Luke Faulkner in semi-final
AUSTRALIAN RULES: Noosa coach James Gellie says his players must win the midfield battle in today's major semi-final if they are to have any chance of slowing down unstoppable Mayne goalscorer Luke Faulkner.
QFA North's leading weapon averaged more than seven goals a game during the regular season, but Gellie said Noosa would have to focus its energy on Faulkner's supporting cast in Brisbane this afternoon.
"I think the game will be won in the midfield," Gellie said yesterday.
"If we can manage to get on top of their midfield, which is pretty good as well, then we're going to go a long way to limiting the ball they can get to their forward 50."
Faulkner scored seven goals in his only outing against Noosa this season, a 15.8 (98) to 10.5 (65) result in round six that was Noosa's first loss of the season.
He did not play in the return fixture, when Noosa lost 12.9 (81) to 8.10 (58) in Brisbane.
Although no team has beaten Mayne this year, Noosa has come the closest.
The Tigers led Mayne going into the fourth quarter in both their matches against the competition leader but could not finish the job.
"They're very potent up front and their back six is very well organised," Gellie said.
"They are a hard team to break down, but you just have to work at them."
Last week's comprehensive qualifying final win over Kedron was a good sign for the improving second "seed".
Noosa limited Kedron, which finished the regular season in third place, to only two goals in the 40-point win, but Gellie said the entire team would need to up the ante against Mayne.
"Our defence over the whole ground was exceptional last week and that allowed us to take control of the game," he said.
"We're going to need to improve on that (today)."
MAYNE v NOOSA
Today, Mayne, 2pm