Honey­bears ready for the fi­nals

Chinchilla News - - SPORT - Mar­guerite Cuddihy Mar­guerite.Cuddihy @west­ern­starnews.com

FOOT­BALL: The Chin­chilla Honey­bears em­bark on the Toowoomba Foot­ball League fi­nal se­ries this Sunday as they take on High­fields in their knock­out semi-fi­nal.

The two teams have met three times this sea­son, with the Honey­bears com­ing out vic­to­ri­ous on two oc­ca­sions.

The first was a friendly game in Toowoomba which the Honey­bears won 3-0. The second was a 4-2 win to High­fields in Chin­chilla and the fi­nal meeting was 3-1 to the Honey­bears, so it all points to Sunday’s game be­ing a tense and tight af­fair.

The Honey­bears warmed up for their semi-fi­nal with a pair of friendly games against a young and en­thu­si­as­tic U16 South West rep­re­sen­ta­tive side. The first meeting was last week­end in Toowoomba with the Honey­bears win­ning the match 2-1, thanks to a brace from Honey­bears striker Sally Car­roll. The second game was a much dif­fer­ent af­fair with the South West side claim­ing a 3-0 vic­tory.

Coach Tim Tay­lor said his side have a few key play­ers back from in­jury and is look­ing for­ward to what the team can produce in the fi­nals se­ries.

“We now have ev­ery­one back from in­jury and the squad is look­ing ex­tremely good at train­ing. The mood is good and now we just need to turn up and get the job done on Sunday.” AFL: In the last round be­fore the fi­nals, the Chin­chilla Suns bat­tled the Dalby Swans.

In spite of the Suns’ home side ad­van­tage, the Swans flexed their mus­cles to win by 27 points, with the fi­nal score­board stand­ing at 9.11 (65) to 5.8 (38).

Swans hit the front early in the first quar­ter when Bran­don Peltz put the first goal be­tween the posts.

Swan Duane Ja­cob­son goaled soon after to assert their dom­i­nance.

Shel­don Web­ber was first to score a goal for the Suns, after an im­pres­sive mark.

Peltz scored his second goal of the game early in the second quar­ter. At half time the Swans dom­i­nated the score­board, 5.9 (39) to 1.2 (8).

Peltz scored another two times in the third quar­ter for Dalby. Goals were at a pre­mium, but when it had to be won, Peltz was here, there and ev­ery­where, in­creas­ing the Swans’ lead against Chin­chilla.

The Suns had to work hard for their goals and fi­nally found their mo­men­tum in the second half when the whips started crack­ing at the fin­ish.

Stephen Fenech goaled and Web­ber added to the score­board soon after for the Suns. Dalby’s Daniel Mauch added to the board, and in the clos­ing min­utes Peltz added the cherry on top. The Suns’ late come­back wasn’t enough, how­ever, and the Swans had the deal sealed 9.11 (65) - 5.8 (38) at the fi­nal whis­tle.

Next week­end fourth­placed Chin­chilla Suns will go head-to-head against third-placed High­fields Lions. And second-ranked Dalby Swans will do bat­tle with lad­der-top­pers the War­wick Red­backs in Toowoomba.

PHOTO: MAR­GUERITE CUDDIHY

GAME ON: The Honey­bears in ac­tion against the U16 South West rep­re­sen­ta­tive side on the week­end.

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