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