THE formidable Nanango Panthers continue to look unstoppable after thrashing last year's grand finalists Gunners 8-0.

Battle hardened striker Harry Sterling proved a weapon after he struck five goals on Saturday night.

"It was nice to get my first five goal haul in the seniors and my 11th (goal) of the season," Sterling said.

This five goal haul had Sterling climb to the top of the ladder as first division's leading goal scorer.

Sterling said a lot his chances came about after Nanango's midfield split the play.

"The chances were all created from our midfielders who distributed the ball brilliantly," he said.

"But in saying that it all started from our backline."

Sterling said this link up play was built on experience after the team behind the four-time championship winners remained mostly unchanged.

"Unfortunately I think it's going to take the other teams a couple of weeks to find their feet and start playing as a team as each team is fairly new," he said.

This experience allowed the Panthers to hold and keep control of the game over the 90 minutes of play.

"I felt as though we controlled the whole game with the odd occasion Gunners having a chance at goal," Sterling said.

Despite the big loss Gunners' coach Debbie Ovens said her team had a lot to take away from this match as they prepare to take on Wests.

"We were in clear scoring positions but we just couldn't find the back of the net," Ovens said.

Rather than get frustrated Ovens said the Gunners needed to concentrate and work on the task at hand.

"I have a very young squad with a majority of them having just come straight from cadets," she said.

"They have to stop worrying about being a couple of goals down.

"When they did start to concentrate, they did move the ball around beautifully."

Same problem

BARAMBAH'S second division squad continued its solid start to the season with another win.

Barambah has the same problem as last season, too few players to split between the first and second divisions.

This dilemma has left Barambah with a strong second division squad, but with many doubling over into the first division it does not have the legs to go another 90 minutes.

As a result Barambah's first division forfeited to Wests.

This concentrated the full effort in the second division to have Barambah roll through Wests 3-0.

Barambah's stand-in captain Chris O'Loughlin said there was a strong sense of a team out on the park.

With plenty of chances O'Loughlin said he was happy with his team's output even though plenty of chances went amiss.

"There were a few stray shots, but you can't get them all," O'Loughlin said.

O'Loughlin said Barambah would have to put on a similar show against Nanango on Saturday if they were to stand a chance.

Nanango is the only team to have beaten Barambah in the second division so far this season, with a 1-0 win in the first round.

Wests second division stand-in coach Trevor Litzow said his team needed to get into the game earlier.

"We fell away in the first 20 minutes of the first half," Litzow said.

In that time Barambah was able to net two goals.

Up against Gunners on Saturday, which Wests lost to 5-0 in the first round, Litzow said this was not an option.

Although Litzow said the Wests did pick up later on in the game.

"The support play was better and they got some composure," he said.

So far unbeaten

WITH two wins and a draw Barambah's women have got off the blocks with a solid start.

Their latest win had them beat Wests 3-0 in a hotly contested game at Wondai.

Barambah captain Sarah Vanderkolk said her team orchestrated their attack from the back line, with deadly counter attacks.

"We defended well which we have been working hard on in training," Vanderkolk said.

Vanderkolk said the 3-0 score line did not suggest how tough the game was with plenty of scoring chances on offer for both teams.

Up against Nanango this Saturday who Barambah drew 3-3 with in the first round, Vanderkolk said Barambah would have to further tighten its defence.

"We let that game go, there were a few defensive issues," she said. "But we now know the key pliers we have to shut down."

"We'll continue to push forward with our counters."

Wests' captain Danielle Maudsley said she was still working out the best plan of attack for her team made up of new players.

"We moved a lot of girls around," Maudsley said.

Rather than focus on the immediate results Maudsley said she was more concerned of getting her team to work as a unit.


Barambah v Wests

  • 2nd Division Men: Barambah 3 (Jack Brebner, Ryan Sommerfeld, Daure Moses) - Wests 0
  • Ladies: Barambah 3 (Taylah Berlin 2, Elle Mollenhauer) - Wests 0
  • 1st Division Men: forfeit by Barambah.

  Gunners v Nanango

  • 2nd Division Men: Gunners 1 (Jay Rosse) - Nanango 0
  • Ladies: Nanango 5 (Bree Pogany 3, Reagan Campbell, Jess Ehrlich) - Gunnettes 0
  • 1st Division Men: Nanango 8 (Harry Sterling 5, Kieran Mangan, Elliott Mangan 2) - Gunners 0
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