The Beaudesert Kingfishers will need to regroup this week if the squad is to get its premiership defence back on track after faltering against the Mudgeeraba Redbacks at Runaway bay on Sunday.
Kingfishers’ coach Keith Gee said his players only had themselves to blame for the 24-8 QTOP Doug Lipp Competition qualifying final loss.
“We let ourselves down,” he said.
“We didn’t complete our sets or have any field position, and our ball security and execution were poor.”
Despite the coach’s less than glowing assessment, the Kingfishers were still a chance with the scores locked at 8-8 going into the final 13 minutes.
After giving away an early 8-0 lead, Beaudesert fought its way back into the contest with four-pointers either side of half-time to find themselves in the driver’s seat threatening to pull away.
But the Kingfishers took their foot off the pedal and Mudgeeraba are a quality outfit.
Repeated failures by Beaudesert to complete sets were all the invitation the dangerous Redbacks needed to take back the ascendancy.
As the Kingfishers tired late, the Redbacks, who were second at the end of the regular season, demonstrated why they are one of the most lethal attacking units in the league.
The late fade by an exhausted Beaudesert lineup meant the final score was not a true reflection of what was a torrid encounter.
A reflective but optimistic coach Gee said perhaps this game was the one his team needed to lose to spark its premiership campaign.
“We’ve been playing like that and winning tough but Mudgeeraba were a much better side (than teams played in previous victories),” he said.
“They’re a big side and the wet conditions suited them but that’s no excuse
“This loss has been coming for a few weeks.”
The Kingfishers must now refocus and get motivated for a do-or-die clash with Runaway Bay at Tweed Heads on Saturday.
“The boys had a slap in the face, so hopefully they can turn it around,” Gee said.
“It’ll come down to their attitudes and how they apply themselves.”
Mudgeeraba will do battle with Currumbin for a place in the Grand Final on Sunday.