CRACKING CONTEST: Maroochydore's Lochie Laing goes for the ball against Noosa at Fishermans Road.
CRACKING CONTEST: Maroochydore's Lochie Laing goes for the ball against Noosa at Fishermans Road. Patrick Woods

Noosa Tigers show claws with win over arch-rival

AUSTRALIAN RULES: It's only early in the season but Noosa expressed its intentions and secured bragging rights over a bitter rival at Kuluin on Saturday.

After struggling against perennial title contender Maroochydore in recent seasons, the Tigers claimed an 11.9 (75) to 4.5 (29) triumph in round three of Queensland Football Association's division one.

With Anzac Day approaching, both sides showed their appreciation, pre-game, for those who served.

Then the teams produced an enthralling contest.

"We stuck together, we put our head over the football and in the end we won the game," Noosa coach Sam Faure said.

"It was a big occasion. It's two teams that don't really like each other and they've had the wood over us for the past two to three years," Faure said.

"So it's exciting for the boys to get one up on them down there early in the season to give us a bit of confidence."

Very little separated the teams until the final term, when the visitors booted six goals to none.

"Either team could have broken it open but we were lucky enough to get the score on the board," Faure said.

Fifth of 10 teams, the Tigers revealed key recruit Kent Delbridge, who snared five goals to show he will be a force to reckon with.

The forward, who was at Morningside with Faure and played in Victoria, is now in Queensland studying and is to play for Noosa for the rest of the season.

"He's a quality player," the coach said.

Maroochydore is fourth on the ladder.

Among other games, eighth-placed Caloundra was edged by leader Mayne 11.7 (73) to 10.12 (72) at Caloundra.


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