Gunners fire warning shot to their rivals
Football: Gunners continued their string of strong performances to open the South Burnett Football season, routing Barambah Bears to the tune of 9-0 in their catch-up clash on Saturday.
Facing a Bears team that had already played a second division clash that day, Gunners gave the visitors no time to catch their breath, piling on five goals in the opening 45 minutes to put the match to bed before half-time.
Dale Lienkeit earned a hat-trick for his efforts while Pete Collins chipped in with two goals, as the early competition favourites put the depleted Bears to the sword. Coach Debbie Ovens admitted the Bears' tiredness likely contributed to the heavily inflated scoreline, although she has no doubts who the superior team was.
"If they had some fresh feet maybe the score wouldn't have been as bad, but my guys are playing some really decent football at the moment,” Ovens said.
"The movement into our final third and the finishing - we're playing good, passing football at the moment.”
Ovens could not have been faulted for trying new things at 5-0 up, but she chose to keep to her structures and implored her side to keep their foot on the gas.
"It's easy to lose your intensity when you're 5-0 up. My main goal for the second half was just to continue what we did in the first half with the same intensity and ball movement, and the guys did that,” Ovens said.
"I wanted them to play better football, because when we come up against Wests and Nanango we have to have that intensity.
"I think we kept possession quite well. I was really impressed.”
Aside from Lienkeit and Collins, Ovens hailed midfielder Trent Faunt as a "workhorse” through the middle of the pitch.
With two wins and a draw from three matches this season, Gunners are the form side of the competition, but Ovens has no illusions as to how quickly things can change.
"I think in some ways we'll be a tough unit to beat, (but) you can have a great start to the season and then fall in a heap halfway through,” Ovens said.