Carina strikes blow with brilliant win over Logan

Carina struck a blow to Logan Brothers premiership campaign, edging out the southsiders in a shock 22-10 win at Leo Williams Oval on Saturday.


The Carina backline led the way through the rain, mud and hulking Logan forward pack, rarely missing a beat in greasy conditions with a great display of precision football.


The first half started off slowly, with both teams content to play it safe and keep the ball with the forwards, limiting passes and risk - to the bare minimum.


The early momentum appeared to be with Carina through Brent Warr, whose stellar kicking game kept Logans mighty attack pinned down in its own half.


The tactic paid dividends on the 20-minute mark, as the home team forced a Logan error and capitalised through Peni Foisa, who barrelled over the line to give his team a 6-0 lead. The big mans opposite number, John Maireroa, returned fire with only two minutes left in the half, levelling the scores at 6-6.


Logans second half opened horribly when winger Shadrach Ghabiliha found himself isolated on the edge and dragged over the sideline in the visitors half. The home team quickly rubbed salt into the wound, scoring in the very next play through Michael Bergin to snatch a 12-6 lead.


The men from Logan rallied, with Liva Mau and Shadrach Ghabiliha dominating the middle of the paddock with a series of barnstorming runs to put the visitors in a great attacking position.


However, the Carina defence was up to the challenge, holding off several attacking sets on their line before counterattacking through Nathan Reidy who blazed through the visitors to notch up four more points.


The hosts applied more pressure when Joshua Jerome bagged a 40-20 in the Logan half, before a knock-on relieved the visitors of their defensive duties.


Jerome had the last laugh however, when a midfield break and a blur of offloads saw him diving over the white-line to blow the lead out to 22-6 for the home-team.


Logan managed to snatch four points back from their opponents late in the piece to set the score at 22-10 at full time.


The loss sees them drop to fourth place on the ladder in the tightly contested battle for second, with only three points separating the second- and fifth-ranked teams.


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Gaters continue in the lead in Premier Grade, on 29 points, after beating Easts Juniors 24-22, while Easts stay on 19 points. Aspley moves to 18 points after beating Pine Rivers 48-0 and Logan Brothers stay on 17 points after being beaten 22-10 by Carina. Pine Rivers stay on 16 points. Souths Juniors received a forfeit from Wynnum Juniors to move to 11 points, with Carina on 9 and Wynnum on 3 points.


In Northside 1, Valleys beat Dayboro 10-6 to move to the competition lead on 21 points. Brisbane Natives stay on 20 points after being beaten 14-10 by Pine Central. Dayboro and Mitchelton share 19 points after Mitchelton beat Christian Lions 11-6. Brothers Juniors stay on 18 points after being beaten 19-12 by Northlakes and Christian Lions stay on 17 points. Pine Central and Northlakes are both on 11 points.


Normanby continue in the lead in Northside 2, on 29 points, after beating Aspley 34 20. Deception Bay and Gaters share 25 points after Deception Bay beat Banyo 54-8 and Gaters beat Samford 28-25. Samford stays on 23 points and Aspley stays on 21 points. Arana Hills beat Pine Rivers 48-18 to move to 14 points. Banyo shares 11 points with Bracken Ridge, who had the bye. Pine Rivers are on 7 points.


Aspley is in the competition lead in Northside 3, on 27 points, after beating Brighton 32-14. Mitchelton and Brighton share 25 points after Mitchelton beat Valleys 26-6. St Josephs beat Burpengary 32-12 to move to 21 points, with Burpengary sharing 19 points with Banyo, who had the bye, Valleys stay on 17 points with Gaters moving to 15 points, after beating Pine Rivers 32-10. In the other match, Pine Central beat Deception bay 28-24, leaving Deception Bay on 13 points, Pine Rivers on 10 and Pine Central on 9 points.


In Southside 1, Bulimba Valleys beat Logan Brothers 44-18 to continue in the competition lead on 32 points, while Redlands beat Greenbank 18-6 to move to 28 points. Mt Gravatt beat Cannon Hill 26-12 to go to 22 points and Inala beat Centenary 38-0 to move to 18 points. Logan Brothers and Cannon Hill are both on 12 points. Greenbank is on 8 points and Centenary on 4 points.


Slacks Creek received a forfeit from the withdrawn Capalaba to move to the outright competition lead in Southside 2 on 24 points. St Brendans and Beenleigh Juniors are both on 22 points after Carina beat St Brendans 20-8 and Beenleigh beat Sunnybank 18-10. Sunnybank is on 20 points with Carina on 12 points.


Slacks Creek and Mt Gravatt did not play in Southside 3, having played their scheduled match as the Ted Beaumont Trophy match. Mt Gravatt stays in the competition lead on 30 points with Slacks Creek on 28 points. St Brendans beat Graceville 54-16 to move to 26 points, while Bulimba Valleys received a forfeit from Redlands to go to 23 points. In the other match, North Stradbroke Island beat Wynnum Juniors 18-10, leaving Graceville on 16 and Wynnum on 15 points. Greenbank had the bye to go to 14 points, with Redlands on 10 and North Stradbroke on 8 points.


In Southside 4, Browns Plains continue in the competition lead on 30 points, after beating Capalaba 48-8 while Edens Landing beat Slacks Creek 20-12 to go to 28 points. Logan Brothers received a forfeit from Waterford to move to 27 points and Logan Wanderers had the bye to move to 22 points. Slacks Creek are on 20 points while Mustangs and Capalaba share 13 points after Mustangs received a forfeit from Cannon Hill, who stays on 12 points with Waterford on 5 points.


Easts Juniors continue in the competition lead in the Under 20 grade, on 31 points, after beating Norths Juniors 12-10, while Logan Brothers beat Springwood 84-8 to move to 24 points. Souths Juniors and Brothers Juniors share 21 points after Souths beat Arana Hills 30-20 and Brothers beat Burpengary 42-12. Burpengary stays on 19 points with Norths on 18 points. Arana Hills and Carina are both on 11 points after Carina received a forfeit from the withdrawn Northlakes and Springwood is on 7 points.