THE Coota Blues were tested on Saturday against Southern Cats played at Queanbeyan.
The competition leaders led by only 19 points at the last change, however a five goal to two points final quarter saw the Blues run out winners by 52. The final score was 11-21 -87 to 5.5 -35.
Had the Blues been more accurate in front of goals, the margin would have been far greater, 32 shots to 10, tells the story.
Blues full forward, Sandy Maskell Knight, kept reasonably quite in the first three quarters kicking four ... then the floodgates opened, the big fella booted five goals in the final term to give him nine for the match.
Coach Luke Webb had to find replacements for six players who were unavailable for this top-of-the-table clash.
Answering the call were 2014 premiership players Chris Drum and Liam Friday, plus a very handy footballer from last season, James Thornhill. The Blues line-up had them start the match with one player on the bench.
While big Maskell Knigh was dominant up forward, a number of other players stood out. Onballler Dylan McDermott was again the Blues' best player. Zac Oliver, who travels from Orange, gives the Blues plenty of drive with his strong marking and long racking kicks. Once again, Sam Baldock dominated the ruck.
- Best: Dylan McDermott, Zac Oliver, Sandy Maskell Knight, Sam Baldock, Blake Basham and Josh Halliday.
- Goals: Sandy Maskell Knight 9, Luke Webb and Dylan McDermott.
In the other two matches on Saturday, Yass broke through for their first win of the season, defeating Murrumbateman by 26. Goulburn had to work hard to defeat Belconnen. The Swans did not score in the last quarter, but won the match by 15.
THE Blues women were severely under-strength and were well beaten by Queanbeyan by 109 points, 17-14-116 to 1.1-7.
To the women's credit, they have quite easily forfeited as they had only 13 players. However, Queanbeyan lent the Blues two players, which enabled the match to go ahead.
Out of their playing list, 11 players were not available.
- Best players: Michaela Perceval, Alyssa Armstrong, Bridgett Windsor, Annette Parkinson and Regan Smith.
- Goals: Alyssa Armstrong.