Snakes alive for the semi-final run
FOOTBALL: With the top five finally settled, Woombye goalscoring ace Luke Alderson believes the Snakes have timed their grand final run perfectly.
The playoff picture came into focus on Saturday night when Caloundra scored a 6-0 win over Nambour Yandina that virtually ended Caboolture's chances of making the finals.
Caloundra's big win means it can only miss the five if it loses next week and Caboolture beats Buderim by enough goals to erase a 23-goal advantage.
Maroochydore and Noosa also clinched top-five spots with a 2-2 draw, but second-place Woombye impressed most on the regular season's penultimate weekend.
The Snakes' beat bitter rivals Buderim 5-1 in a spirited match that had much more intens-ity than the scoreline
Alderson bagged four goals to bring his season tally to 22, five ahead of Ben Muzyka, who scored a hat-trick in Caboolture's win 6-1 win over Nambour Yandina.
The quadruple almost guarantees Alderson will win his seventh golden boot in eight seasons.
He has won the award every year since 2008 except for 2010, when he missed the bulk of the season through injury and still finished second.
"I don't play for the golden boots," Alderson said yesterday.
"Everyone gives me a bit of banter about it after the game, but I don't care about who is scoring.
"It's all about how the team is going."
On Saturday night the team was going very well, shutting down a determined Buderim team that was playing to keep its slim finals hopes alive.
Woombye may still contest for the minor premiership after Kawana's game against Coolum was called off, but Alderson said the team is only worried about the finals.
"That's the beauty about Australian football we don't really care who turns out on top," he said.
"No one remembers who won the minor premiership they care about how you go in the finals and that was the pleasing thing about (Saturday night).
"It's was a finals-style game and we spoke about it before the game.
"We were bitterly disappointed about our performance against Kawana (a 3-0 loss).''
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