Colts to play for grand final shot
The Coolum Colts booked a place in the Red Rooster Cup grand final qualifier after they defeated the Caboolture Snakes 46 -16 at Yandina last Saturday.
The Colts will play Pomona/Cooran Cutters for the right to play Yandina in the grand final after the Cutters suffered a heavy 44-0 defeat at the hand of the minor premiers
The Colts were outstanding in the win over the Snakes, scoring eight well-crafted tries.
The final try was the standout, with Blake Snow putting on a sublime offload for his brother Drew, who raced 60 metres down the left flank before putting on an outstanding left foot step to beat the fullback and score in the corner.
Colts captain/Coach Nathan Ratcliffe said the team had let an early lead slip against the Cutters the previous week and were determined not to do the same against Caboolture.
“Today’s game started in similar fashion, with us jumping out to an early 12-0 lead but this time we went on with it,” Ratcliffe said.
“We stuck to the game plan finished our sets and played to the kick. We had specific goals and we achieved them today. We held the ball, we did not throw passes under pressure and best of all we went on with it scoring plenty of tries.
“Next week we will be playing the Cutters again and after the loss to them in the first semi we will be highly motivated.
“We have a point to prove and they are the only obstacle between us and a place in the grand final.”
From the start of play it was obvious that the Colts were playing a far different style of game to the one they played the previous week.
Rather than playing an expansive game the Colts directed the attack close to the ruck with big men Jay Yelds and Wes Flieter making several line breaks as they ran off short passes from half Nathan Ratcliffe and five-eighth Pat Burns.
The Caboolture side just could not cope with the onslaught and were behind 28-4 at half time, with tries coming from, Yelds, Flieter, Corey Gray, Chris Romero and Drew Cantle.
In the second half the onslaught continued, with hard-working second-rower Manu Anderson crossing, as did Burns and Cantle again.
To top off the win, Ratcliffe had a great day with the boot, kicking seven from eight, with the last a ripper from the side line.
The Colts are now one win away from making the grand final in their inaugural season.
If that happens, the seniors will join the club’s under-13, under-14 and under-15 teams, which have all qualified for the junior grand finals.
Club president Quinton Stevenson said 2008 had been a great year for the club.
“The junior sides have been performing exceptionally well and with three teams in the grand finals, we are again a possibility of the club championship,” Stevenson said.
“If the seniors make it as well it will be the icing on the cake, but we must never lose sight of he fact that first and foremost the Colts are about developing junior players.
“And at the moment we seem to be doing a pretty good job of that.”