By Rafe Griffin – Regional Correspondent
A number of regional leagues are slated to commence next weekend but let’s take a look back at last weekend’s action from the Gold Coast, Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast competitions that are currently in full flight.
BLK GOLD COAST PREMIER LEAGUE – ROUND 3
It was an epic battle Merrimac, who for the third consecutive week were involved in a match with the referee brandishing red cards, against Magic United looking to continue their winning form. A tight result in the end with Magic United taking a 5-4 win to continue their winning streak from the first three matches. Stollery and Smith with doubles for Magic United, the other goal coming from Monro.
Coomera kept up their unbeaten run with a 1-1 draw at home to Murwillumbah, Matt Chisholm netting for the Colts.
Broadbeach United kept up with Magic United in being the other side to have a three from three season opening in their 3-1 defeat of Palm Beach on Saturday night. Masnori Uchimura and Croyden Wheeler were two of the goal scorers for the Dolphins.
While in the lone Sunday afternoon match, Surfers Paradise recorded their first points of the season, overcoming Mudgeeraba 3-2. Luke Sleight with a man of the match performance bagging a double and Wade Russell the scorers for Surfers. Shuan Robinson and Jarran Pfefferkorn netting for Mudgeeraba on the day.
McDONALDS SUNSHINE COAST PREMIER LEAGUE – ROUND 2
Last year’s Grand Final winners, Woombye made it two wins from two games with a 3-0 defeat of Maroochydore. Prolific goal scorer, Luke Alderson scoring for Woombye along with Corey Towle and Joel Couacaud the other scorers in a match that featured six yellow cards.
Another tough week at the office for Beerwah Glasshouse, again conceding double figures as Buderim ran roughshod over them by the tune of 10-1. Hat-tricks to Sam Bennett and Jed Malin for Buderim, a brace to Jackson Crickmore with Jordan Burgess and Glen Standen also getting on the scorer’s sheet. Matt Kennedy scoring Beegee’s lone goal.
Caboolture made the perfect opening to their season after last week’s bye defeating Coolum 2-0 away from home.
Noosa Lions also maintaining their perfect record after a 3-1 win at home against Caloundra. Former Sunshine Coast Fire duo Alex Barlow and Matt Needham joining Matt Thompson on Noosa’s scoring list. Chris Cornwill-Harris the scorer for Caloundra.
Last year’s Premiers, Kawana, the third team with two from two in their 5-0 victory over Gympie Diggers. Ryan Delahunty and Jeremy Stewart with braces and DJ Firth contributing to Kawana’s cause.
SEA FM WIDE BAY THREE CITIES LEAGUE – ROUND 3
Tinana after conceding twenty goals in their opening two matches were more competitive in this round against Diggers but still fell 5-2. Paul Primavera and Tyler Gundry scoring for Tinana with Reece Hayman collecting a double and singles to Jamie Essam, Stephen Wilson and Stephen Dewar for the victors, Diggers.
Fraser Flames after a solid start to their debut season with two draws faced the harsh reality of what life is going to be like in this league against last year’s title winners, Across The Waves. Waves coming away 4-0 to the good via Robert Thatcher with a brace, Bryce Ruthven and John Brillante.
Sunbury made it two on the trot with a 4-0 defeat of Alloway.
Brothers Aston Villa aided their goal difference with five different goal scorers in a 5-0 win over KSS Jets. Chris Green, Blake O’Brien, Hayden Scarborough, Dayne Rimmington and Matt Hindmarsh each scoring.
Doon Villa look like contenders already, a perfect nine points from their three matches, the latest three from their 4-1 defeat of Bingera. Sam Kirk, Daniel Sanderson, Joel Nielsen and Lachlan Kenny scoring for the Magpies with Cody Holzberger netting for the visitors.
A close encounter to end the round with United Park Eagles travelling back to Bundaberg with the three points in a tight 4-3 victory over United Warriors. Brenden Banks, Ricky Taylor, Dominick Woodland and Anthony Grant giving United Park their four goals, Brad Mitchell, Simon Morgan and Sam Hill providers for United Warriors.