Colts bolt home
With one round to play in the C grade Red Rooster Cup, the Coolum Colts are guaranteed second spot after their 44-30 win over third-placed Pomona/Cooran Cutters last Saturday.
In an outstanding display of attacking football, the Colts scored eight sparkling tries.
Coolum ran out to an early 10 -0 lead with tries to Brad Bickford and Dale Shearer but Pomona fought back to 10-8.
Then the Colts blew the game apart with scintillating attack, scoring three converted tries in less than five minutes.
The first was a great team effort with the Colts using a full set to work the ball the length of the field with front rower Neil Moore crossing out wide.
From the kick-off the hooker Corey Gray beat several defenders on a great kick return before off-loading a great inside ball to Shearer who scored under the posts.
From the ensuing restart, prop Trent Hartshorn returned the ball from deep in his half before off loading to five-eight Pat Burns who started a sparkling backline move which again saw Shearer backing up to score under the posts for the Colts to go to a 28-8 half time lead.
After the restart the Colts went further ahead with converted tries to Corey Gray and Shane Hartshorn.
Pomona then threw their all at the Colts but Coolum’s defence held firm until a professional foul saw captain Nathan Ratcliffe spend 10 minutes in the bin.
With the Colts down to 12, the Cutters scored two quick tries but Ratcliffe returned to make up for his misdemeanour with a great try.
The Cutters scored late in the game but by then it was academic with the Colts finishing deserved 44-30 winners.
Shearer said “the boys had something to prove” after going down to the Cutters by two points in their last game.
Next week the Colts take on minor premiers Yandina.
“So far this season we are the only side to beat them and the last time we met was a beauty with the Raiders beating us by two at home,” Shearer said.
“However, with half Nathan Ratcliffe back calling the shots and hooker Corey Grey getting back to his best, we are probably stronger than we were last time.”
The weekend’s results have settled the semi-finalists, with the first week of the semis to be played at Coolum on August 30.
The Colts will take on Pomona for the right to play minor premiers Yandina the following week, with the losers facing the winner of Beachmere and Caboolture who will play in the elimination semi also to be played at Coolum.