Noosa's rich vein of form continues at Caloundra
AUSSIE RULES: Four crucial goals in the "premiership quarter” helped the Noosa Tigers dispose of southern rivals Caloundra at North St this afternoon.
It was supposed to be a celebration for the Panthers after they signed 200-game Brisbane Lions veteran Daniel Merrett, who was rubbed out on Thursday due to a two-game suspension left-over from his last AFL match in 2016.
But the Sam Faure-coached Tigers arrived to spoil the party.
They led at every break to record an 8.16 (64) to 7.6 (48) win and secure their third victory in four games.
Faure felt his side was in control for most of the match, despite only leading by a goal at half-time.
"We came in a little flat and disappointed,” he said.
"But we knew we were in front and had to pump the boys up to get them re-energised. The third quarter is the premiership quarter and we had a solid two-to-three goal breeze at our backs, which we took advantage of.”
Joel Lambourn was "easily” best on ground, according to Faure, proving a force at the back in taking "at least four” crucial intercept marks.
"Jaise Coleman is getting better and better, Jai Fitzpatrick was very good, Barry Smeeton played well and Kent Delbridge kicked four goals,” Faure said.
Faure said the club was happy with its position after four matches, but was still learning about the new-look QFA Division 1 competition.
His side will travel to Yeronga next weekend to face a side down on confidence, after it was thumped by more than 100 points by last year's QFA North premier, Mayne.
"It's one of those competitions where you're not playing the same team every three or four weeks, which is great for us,” he said.
Obviously Yeronga lost heavily today but they've got a point to prove next week. They're a better team than a 100-point loss. We won't take them, or any team lightly.
"The 22 players just have to gel straight away and hopefully put the score on the board.”