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Merrett bags seven for Caloundra and could meet Noosa

TRAINING: Daniel Merrett, right, works hard during a Brisbane Lions session last year. He's retired from the big stage but will play at least eight games for Caloundra this season.
TRAINING: Daniel Merrett, right, works hard during a Brisbane Lions session last year. He's retired from the big stage but will play at least eight games for Caloundra this season. Patrick Woods

AUSTRALIAN RULES: Caloundra coach Steve Moody hopes star recruit Daniel Merrett will lace-up against competition juggernaut Noosa this weekend, after he starred for the side on Saturday.

The ex-Brisbane Lions 200-gamer, who only retired from the big stage after last season, bashed seven goals past Bond University at Carter Park to propel the Panthers to a staggering 25.18 (168) to 0.0 (0) mauling in round 10 of the south-east Queensland competition.

The 32-year-old was initially expected to miss the upcoming clash with the Tigers at Noosaville because he's moving house.

But Moody believes there is now a chance the powerful utility could play, largely because it's a night match.

"It would be nice if he could have a kick against Noosa because they're sitting on top of the ladder and going along quite nicely, so it would help," he said.

"It wasn't one of the games we had him tagged in for...but I think he's really enjoying himself. He's a footy head who plays because he loves playing.

"So he mentioned to a couple of people that he might see how he goes with moving house."

Fifth of 10 teams midway through the season, Moody was delighted with his team's defence against cellar dweller Bond.

He couldn't recall a time when a team had been held scoreless at this level on the Sunshine Coast.

Amid other games, Noosa beat University of Queensland 15.9 (99) to 12.4 (76) at St Lucia and Maroochydore beat Burleigh 14.19 (103) to 7.12 (54) at Kuluin.


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