Tough tackling helps Coolum to outright second
The Peregian Springs Coolum Colts moved to outright second in the C grade Red Rooster cup with a 24-12 win over Beachmere last weekend.
Colt’s senior football director Dan Kelly said the win was probably the team’s best defensive effort of the year, with the Colts defence not conceding a line break for the first time this season.
“In the centre of the ground the defence was at times brutal,” Kelly said.
“The Colts pack was awesome and in particular forwards Jay Yelds and Neil Moore continually repelled the opposition forwards with bone-crunching defence.”
Colts captain-coach Nathan Ratcliffe made a successful return, playing the full match after 15 weeks out injured.
Kelly said although Ratcliffe’s timing was “a bit out”, the team’s attacking structure was definitely better with him calling the shots from halfback.
“In all, the Colts made 10 line breaks and only some last-ditch Beachmere defence stopped us from scoring more that the five tries we did score,” he said.
The win puts the Colts into outright second and ensures them a top three finish and two bites at the cherry come semi-finals.
However, from here on in the season only gets tougher.
In the last two rounds Coolum plays third-placed Pomona, then the top side Yandina.
After that the semi-finals begin and the Colts have to face both those sides again if they are to make the grand final.
Colts 24 (Dale Shearer, Neil Moore, Corey Grey, Jay Yelds, Sean Catlin tries; Nathan Ratcliffe 2 goals) defeated Beachmere 12.