Razors sound early warning
THE Razorbacks have taken a huge step towards killing off the ‘‘ wasteful’’ demons that plagued them in 2010.
Despite a horror build-up to the State League, North Queensland in their first outing unleashed a potency that will give them great confidence and have the rest of the competition sitting up and taking notice.
The Pigs slammed home four goals inside 37 minutes to stun Bundaberg, before running out 5-nil winners on Saturday.
‘‘ We had talked in the travel down about the intensity that we had to try and start the game at . . . and we did that, played at an excellent intensity and the players went for it,’’ Razorbacks coach Ken Mitchell said.
‘‘ Things that we’ve been guilty of in the last couple of years, where we haven’t converted the amount of chances that we have created, we did last night. We’ve got to continue to convert and I think we have enough firepower now that we can.
‘‘ There was a good spread ( of scorers) and that tells me that people can chip in and the more that do the better it is for us.’’
Striker Robin Edwards started the onslaught with two goals in the 13th and 16th minutes before Josh Evans and David Han cancelled out any hope last year’s wooden spooners had of launching a comeback before halftime. A disrupted preseason meant a bit of the sting went out of the attack in the second stanza, but Jacob Crowley was still able to put an exclamation mark on the rout when he banged home a fifth in the 80th minute.
While the goal scorers usually grab the headlines, Mitchell gave a special mention of newcomer Jesse Consalvo.
Playing just in behind striker Edwards, the first-season Razorback – a Townsville premiership winner with Brothers last season – was instrumental in getting North Queensland off to a blistering start.
‘‘ He made Robin’s first two goals and his work ethic was exceptional,’’ Mitchell said of Consalvo, who picked up an injury late in the game but is expected to play in round two.
‘‘ Also, our midfield players of ( Lorenzo) Sipi, Brandon Holt, ( David) Bowater and Ben Richardson – the delivery we were able to provide to get balls into the box and penetrate for Jesse and Robin to get sights on goals were outstanding.’’
The Razorbacks host defending champions Sunshine Coast on Saturday.