FEARLESS 2020 Round 18: Bell rings, the finish line approaches

Queensland Hub Game Number 70: Nerang Roos v Eagle Heights Eagles at Metricon on Thursday night. It was a good chance for the Roos to show effort. Simple. Coach Shaw would’ve been delighted to keep the Eagles scoreless in the first qtr against 2.6. Enter Flyin’ Ryan to spark the Eagles. The ebbs and flows saw the scores level at the last change but the last qtr saw the class of the Eagles prevail by 15pts. Allen 3.

 

Queensland Hub Game Number 71: Sunshine Coast Saints hosted Gilston Giants at the Gabba on Friday night and much rested on the outcome of this game if Giants were to play finals. However an insipid third qtr of 3.4 to 0.2 saw the Saints take a 9pt lead and make it a 29pt lead at the last. Whatever the Ferrari had promised in 2020 saw it collapse before the finish line. Saints by 52pts, returning to the finals for the first time since 2011.

 

Queensland Hub Game Number 72: Eagleby Bombers hosted the Maroochydore Demons at Metricon on Saturday in the Conor McKenna Covid-19 Cup, some 5 months after rd three’s postponement. A 28pt lead by the Dees at ¾ time had everyone assuming…given that a finals spot was reliant on the win. The Bombers came with a rush to get within 7pts. Did the Dees exorcise the ghosts of Mirriwinni? Dees 19pts..8th for…?

 

Adelaide Hub Game Number 17:  Adelaide Crows hosted the Red Hill Tigers at Adelaide Oval on Saturday and the Crows started well, trailing by 4pts at qtr time and 14pts at the half. The Tigers decided to go up a cog in the third, ensuring the Crows got their first ever wooden spoon. A 44pt win gave the Tigers momentum into the finals series. For the Crows, three good wins and a reality check to finish season 2020.

 

Queensland Hub Game Number 73: Brisbane Lions hosted the Cooroy Blues at the Gabba on Saturday Night. The Blues started well, despite being unable to make finals. The Lions ramped it up in the 2nd to take a 26pt lead into the main break. The Blues had stopped, conceding 5 goals and ensuring that Coach Teague turned the mics/cameras off for an old-fashioned spray. Blues better in 2nd half, but Lions home by 17pts.

 

Adelaide Hub Game Number 18: Humbug Scrub Hawks hosted the Gold Coast Suns at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday. The Hawks must love this fixture slot. 2019 Jarryd Roughead kicks 6. 2020 Paul Puopolo kicks 3 in his last and retiring skipper Ben Stratton kicks 1 to double his AFL career tally. A 51pt win in front of whomever showed up in Adelaide, the Hawks eclipsed the Suns, starting with a 6 goal lead at qtr time!

 

Queensland Hub Game Number 74: South Johnstone Swans hosted the Gaven Cats at Metricon on Sunday. When Danger roars to life as Patty did in the last qtr, it’s usually because it’s required. 2.1 after a quiet 3 qtrs and a Blicavs spoil was enough to get the Cats a top 4 berth. The spirited Swans certainly came to play, leading at all breaks before succumbing by 6pts. If Papley had kicked straighter than 2.5..well…

 

Queensland Hub Game Number 75: FNQ Dockers hosted the Worongary Bulldogs at Cazaly’s Stadium in Cairns on Sunday night. Potentially an 8pt game for about a half. After the main break, regardless of injuries to Naughton and Wallis, the Dogs showed why they’re finals bound and Freo weren’t. A 5-goal win for the Dogs set up by the tireless Libba and Lachie Hunter. Young gun Docker Serong (25 touches) was on song.

 

Queensland Hub Game Number 76: Currumbin Magpies host the Port Adelaide Power at the Gabba on Monday night and with the final 8 teams set, this game put all finalists into position for week one. The Pies had the answers at times, but the Power seemed to have the answers more often. Robbie Gray and Tom Rockliff set the Power switch to on. The Pies just didn’t have enough answers. Ebert, Motlop 2. Pies in 8th.

 

 

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