Tigers show might against Panthers in south-east Qld comp
AUSTRALIAN RULES: Noosa sent a shudder through the QFA division one competition with a 69-point beating of Caloundra in enemy territory on Saturday.
It was billed as a battle of two top-three teams but it proved to be a one-sided affair on the scoreboard as the Tigers skipped to a 15.14 (104) to 5.6 (36) demolition at Carter Park.
Noosa coach Sam Faure said his charges produced a determined effort.
"Their attack on the football was very pleasing."
"They were first to the ball and they spread really well.
"It was a hard-fought win. It wasn't as one-sided as what it looks on the scoreboard. It was two teams having a crack and we probably just had a bit more polish than what Caloundra did."
Joel Lambourn and Jai Fitzpatrick were particularly impressive.
The former proved a menace in the back-line.
"His ability to read the play and the ball movement coming into Caloundra's forward line, to drop off his man and to intercept was really good," Faure said.
Fitzpatrick showed his versatility.
"He's an in-and-under type of player but to get a lot of ball on the outside and finish with three goals was good for our team," the coach said.
The Tigers have won seven of eight matches to be atop the 10-team ladder through eight of 18 rounds.
But Faure said his team won't be overconfident after the big win over Caloundra.
"We're just happy to get the four points and will move our focus to Mayne next week," he said.
Maroochydore, which upset Noosa in the grand final last year, has also lost just one game this season.
The Swans thumped Yeronga South Brisbane on the road by 95 points on Saturday.