CRUNCHED: Caloundra's Leigh Baker cops a high tackle in a recent outing.
CRUNCHED: Caloundra's Leigh Baker cops a high tackle in a recent outing. Che Chapman

An up-and-down ride for Panthers

AUSTRALIAN RULES: It’s the roller coaster ride which Russell Evans wants to stop. He’s just got to figure out how.

His up-and-down Panthers were at it again on Saturday, plummeting to a 15.11 (101) to 6.6 (42) loss to Noosa at Noosaville, just one week after reaching lofty heights over ladder leader Maroochydore.

It continues a worrying trend which has seen his side go win-loss-win-loss-win-loss in recent weeks.

“They are really struggling to maintain consistency,” Evans said.

“Last week we played pretty well and I thought our concentration was good and our defensive efforts were good whereas this week we didn’t work to our structures well.

“We’re the sort of side that needs every player to be contributing well and (yesterday) we had far too many passengers.”

He is trying to get his charges to keep their intensity up each week

“We’ve got to make sure we’re concentrating all the time,” he said.

“We’ve got to make sure we do the best we can as many times as we can.”

At times during the QFA North campaign, his team has looked like world beaters, toppling the leading Roos twice as well as beating Noosa and reigning premier Mayne as well.

But the Panthers have also copped some heavy defeats to Aspley and Noosa.

“What’s frustrating is that the difference between our best and our worst is far too big and that’s something we’ve got to keep working on throughout the season,” Evans said.

But he did praise Noosa for its performance on Saturday.

“They played very well. They ran the ball particularly well, chipped the ball around well and defended really well,” he said.

“We were poor, we executed badly, our skills were terrible and we had far too many missed tackles. We didn’t execute anywhere nearly as well as they did.”

In other round 10 games, Maroochydore defeated Aspley on the road, 17.19 (121) to 8.11 (59) and Mayne beat Moreton Bay at Burpengary 16.10 (106) to 10.7 (67).


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