Duffy's double sets up semi
WITH Cap Coast already guaranteed the Capricorn League minor premiership prior to last weekend’s final round of the regular season, Clinton, Nerimbera and Bluebirds were all fighting for second on the competition ladder.
Clinton claimed the coveted place in the major semi-final with a 3-1 win over Nerimbera in what was effectively a second-place play-off, while Bluebirds squandered their chance of finishing higher than fourth with a 2-1 loss to ninth-placed Southside.
Nerimbera and Clinton were locked on 35 points heading in to the fixture which meant only a draw could have opened the door for Bluebirds (34) to steal second.
Clinton will now play Capricorn Coast in the major semi-final with the winner progressing directly to the grand final, while the loser will face either Nerimbera or Bluebirds.
“That’s what we were after; just getting that insurance of the extra bite at the cherry up our sleeve,” Clinton coach Derek Horton said.
Horton said that despite the win his side still had room for improvement. “We did enough to win. I wasn’t really that impressed with the way we played; we just did what we had to do,” he said.
“I was a bit disappointed with our desperation; it was for all intents and purposes a semi-final and I felt that we were just going through the motions.”
Aaron Duffy scored a second half double for Clinton which tied the front man for first in the golden boot race with 19 for the season.
In other games: Frenchville snared fifth from Centrals with a 2-1 win, Yaralla finished sixth in their first season after a 1-1 draw with CQU Berserker, and Parkana beat CQU Wildcats 3-0.
Cap Coast 42, Clinton 38, Nerimbera 35, Bluebirds 34, Frenchville 32, Yaralla 30, Centrals 30, Parkana 26, Southside 25, CQU Berserker 21, CQ Wildcats 0.