Pan­thers hunt for some killer in­stinct

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AUSSIE RULES: The Pan­thers need to em­brace a killer in­stinct if they are to pounce on the fron­trun­ners, coach Steve Moody said.

Caloun­dra are cur­rently rel­ish­ing some fine form in the South East Queens­land divi­sion one com­pe­ti­tion and top­pled Burleigh Bombers with ease 20.14.134 to 13.8.86 on Satur­day.

How­ever, although he was more than pleased with his charges’ ef­forts, Moody be­lieved they needed to work on clos­ing out games.

The Pan­thers dom­i­nated the Bombers on Satur­day, but lifted their foot off the pedal to cruise through the last quar­ter.

They scored five goals in both the first and sec­ond quar­ters and even went up a notch to land seven in the third pe­riod but only kicked two in the final stanza.

“It’d be nice for us to be able to fin­ish off games (bet­ter),” he said.

“In an ideal world that’s what you want as a coach, you’d like your side to be able to put their foot on the throat of their op­po­si­tion and re­ally grind the game right to the very end.

“I don’t think it’s a fit­ness thing, it’s a com­pet­i­tive thing and the blokes prob­a­bly just re­lax a lit­tle bit at the back end of the games know­ing that they’ve locked them away.”

That aside, Moody said the Pan­thers were good at play­ing their best football when it counted and had been solid across the park to date. — Tom Threadingh­am

PHOTO: PA­TRICK WOODS

AUSSIE RULES: Caloun­dra Pan­ther Jesse Fer­gu­son (cen­tre).

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