Samuel Copland dives to take a mark for Coolaroo. Photo: Nev Madsen.
Samuel Copland dives to take a mark for Coolaroo. Photo: Nev Madsen.

AFLDD: Coolaroo edges out spirited Tigers

AUSSIE RULES: The spirit of the old boys was right behind the Toowoomba Tigers, and it gave grand finalists Coolaroo an almighty scare.

In one of the games of the Allied Pickfords Cup season to date, Coolaroo overcame a sizeable halftime deficit to prevail 11.13 (79) to 11.12 (78) at Rockville Oval.

The Tigers produced a second-quarter ambush, turning a five-point lead at the first change into a 29-point advantage at the main break.

Not to be outdone, Coolaroo found a resurgence in the third term, kicking six goals to trail by just one.

Just when the Roos looked to be sitting pretty after two goals to start the quarter, Toowoomba fired back with two late goals, but were unable to find a matchwinner in the dying stages.

“It was a great win. Our players were able to dig deep and stand up,” Coolaroo coach Darren Copland said.

“Out first half was terrible, it was probably our wast half of footy for the year, but the Tigers played really well.

“There was greater accountability (in the second half) and people were doing their job. Greeny (Adam Green) gave us a good spark in the third by kicking the first three.

“Momentum is a wonderful thing when it’s going your way.”

The narrow victory ensures Coolaroo stay entrenched among the top three sides, while Toowoomba sits in last place still without a win.

While Copland is happy with how his side is positioned, he said the Tigers won’t have to wait long to get on the board.

“We’re happy with how we’re travelling,” he said.

“We’ve got a couple of big testing weeks coming up with South Burnett and South Toowoomba.

“It’s a sprint of a season, so you just have to keep winning.

“Toowoomba was always going to play well on their old boys day, and they’re going much better than the results show.

“If they get a few wins under their belt they’ll be hard to beat.”

Around the grounds, Goondiwindi reclaimed top spot on the ladder with a comfortable 17.11 (113) to 0.6 (6) defeat of South Burnett at Riddles Oval.

David O’Toole kicked four goals as the Hawks defensive line suffocated the Saints forward six.

Dalby secured its first win of the season after downing Warwick 11.6 (72) to 9.3 (57) at home.

The Swans trailed by 12 points heading into the final term, before they were propelled by a five-goal fourth quarter to guide them home.

GOONDIWINDI GETS OFF THE MARK

After dropping their first three games of the season, the Hawkettes secured their first victory of 2020 with a hard-fought 6.7 (43) to 3.7 (25) defeat of South Burnett.

Goondiwindi led from start to finish in the polished display, with six individual goalscorers throughout the afternoon.

Toowoomba moved into outright top spot with a comprehensive 9.12 (66) to 0.2 (2) defeat of South Toowoomba.

Meg Pullinger was unstoppable in the forward line for the Tigers, slotting five majors.

RESULTS

Allied Pickfords Cup, Rd 5

TOOWOOMBA 3.1 8.4 9.9 11.12 (78)

COOLAROO 2.2 3.5 9.8 11.13 (79)

Goals: Toowoomba: J. Kelly 4, J. Price 2, J. Favae, A. Haddad, M. O’’donoghue, A. Taylor, N. Kag. Coolaroo: S. Copland 4, A. Green 3, W. Baines, R. Baker, C. Paterson, N. Claydon. Best: Toowoomba: J. Smith, A. Haddad, M. Kelly, J. White, A. Harley, J. Kelly. Coolaroo: C. Bellert, A. Green, N. Claydon, C. Stevenson, S. Copland, C. Aston

DALBY 2.1 4.1 6.3 11.6 (72)

WARWICK 2.1 6.3 8.3 9.3 (57)

Goals: Dalby: D. Taylor 3, D. Holcombe 2, L. King- Togia, D. Mauch, J. Neuendorf, M. Reilly, C. Forbes, B. Peltz. Warwick: N. Donges 6, R. Pitt 3. Best: Dalby: M. Reilly, D. Mauch, B. Peltz, J. Schreiber, D. Holcombe, J. Neuendorf. Warwick: R. Pitt, C. Lloyd, A. Politch, S. Grogan, T. Clarkson, C. Cook.

GOONDIWNIDI 5.3 10.4 14.6 17.11 (113)

SOUTH BURNETT 0.3 0.4 0.5 0.6 (6)

Goals: Goondiwindi: D. O’Toole 4, B. Jardine 3, A. Croft 3, S. Durnan 2, B. Soper, J. Verney, N. Dougherty, J. Allen, J. Leahy. Best: Goondiwindi: A. Doolan, A. Croft, M. Foley, S. Durnan, S. McNaughton, D. O’Toole. South Burnett: T. Evert, A. Cox, J. Zaccardi, M. Patroni, K. Askin, B. Noe.

LADDER (W/L, %, Points)

1. Goondiwindi 4-0, 236%, 16

2. Sth Toowoomba, 3-1, 209%, 12

3. Coolaroo, 3-1, 146%, 12

4. South Burnett 2-2, 70%, 8

5. Dalby 1-3, 55%, 4

6. Warwick, 1-3, 50%, 4

7. Toowoomba 0-4, 72% 0

Senior Women, Rd 5

TOOWOOMBA 3.5 3.8 7.12 9.12 (66)

STH TOOWOOMBA 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 (2)

Goals: Toowoomba: M. Pullinger 5, T. Hohn, L. Jericho, T. Twidale, R. Parsons. Best: Toowoomba: L. Jericho, S. Gaff, T. Twidale, J. Whitney, C. Lange, M. Pullinger. South Toowoomba: A. Moodie, D. Newman, S. Ranford, C. Stanmore, G. Fregonese, C. Collins.

GOONDIWINDI 3.1 4.2 5.5 6.7 (43)

SOUTH BURNETT 0.2 1.4 2.5 3.7 (25)

Goals: Goondiwindi: S. Dunn, C. Ash, T. Hill, C. Hill, F. Ash, M. Timms. South Burnett: R. Pyke, B. Pogany, H. Ellison. Best: Goondiwindi: S. Dunn, D. Wall, A. Feez, C. Ash, F. Ash, K. Lane. South Burnett: T. Swifte , M. Burrows, B. Pogany, K. Wright, R. Fenton, M. Roberts.

LADDER (W/L, %, Points)

1. Toowoomba 3-1, 516%, 12

2. Sth Toowoomba, 2-2, 99%, 8

3. South Burnett 2-2, 69%, 8

4. Goondiwindi, 1-3, 33%, 4