Barambah beat the Wests
FOOTBALL: Despite the chilling winds that left spectators rugged up in multiple layers, Barambah pulled out a win over the Wests in Kingaroy on Saturday night.
Barambah assistant coach Brendan Kelly said it was the first time the team, who won one-nil, had beaten the Wests this season.
"It was a pretty good game for us,” he said.
"We kind of dominated the first half.
"We should have got more goals, but we didn't as their goalkeeper got a few saves.”
Kelly said it was a game of two halves.
"They won the second half and the goalkeepers did a great job,” he said.
"To the Wests' credit, they had us under the pump in the second half.
"Like I said, we didn't finish a couple of goals we should have, it was a first class effort from Jason Lang, the Wests' goalkeeper.”
Both teams struggled against freezing cold strong winds as the game wore on.
"The only thing missing was snow,” Kelly said.
"We had the advantage of the wind in the first half, but it died down in the second half.”
Kelly said the team had struggled to find the numbers all season, so to get through to the preliminary final was quite an achievement.
"Our first and second division is nearly the same team, so we have to play the Wests next week in second division,” he said.
"Barambah struggles for numbers, and as both divisions are generally the same team players kind of double up and have to play two games every week.”
He said this could sometimes cause issues for the players.
"It is a struggle, especially with injuries,” he said.
"Though fitness is up quite a bit.”
Kelly said the team would now train hard for the preliminary final.
"We'll play the loser of the match between the Gunners and Nanango,” he said.
"It will be a battle against the Wests next week in second division though.”
Kelly said another stand out for the game was the referees.
"They were short on referees and so those two referees did three games, they were phenomenal,” he said.
Wests coach Mark Denman said it was fair to say Barambah had the better first half.
"We had the majority of possession in the second half, but couldn't bang a goal,” he said.
"It was us not making the most of our chances and Barambah defending really well.”
He said the conditions helped give each team the advantage in their respective halves.
"The team going with the wind had the advantage,” he said.
"Barambah dominated when they had the wind at their back and in the second half, when we had wind at our back, we put them under a lot more pressure.
"The wind played a big factor in all games across the day.”
Just like Barambah, Denman said a number of the first grade players also had played in the second division games that day.
"We've struggled for numbers the whole season,” he said.