THE Park Ridge Pirates are sitting at top of the ladder after a weekend win against Bond University at home cheered on by about 400 fans.
The game brought together two of the top division two seniors teams in a Saturday, August 4 clash, and puts the Pirates on track for a grand final played at home on September 3.
Pirates president Andy Colenso was jubliant.
“Anyone that was at the seniors game, you probably witnessed our best win in our short history,” he said.
“To guts out a win with a limited bench after halftime after being 20 points behind in third quarter was as good as it gets for me.
“As president (I’m) super proud of our entire club today. Both on field and off field was an enjoyable for everyone involved with our great club.”
The final score was Pirates 21.14-40 defeats Bond University 14.14-98.
Mr Colenso said the 10-year-old club had run its seniors team for just four years.
“We’ve got a few players, my son included, who have come up through the youth and junior ranks who have never played for anyone else,” he said.
“For a few years there, we’d lose them when they hit 16 to other clubs to other clubs that could offer more for seniors, but we've worked hard to change, brought in some good coaches and turned that around.
“A grand final win for the seniors will win us a place in division one next year. I don’t know what the official numbers are, but I can’t think of any teams off the top of my head who have done a well in such a short time,” he said.
The match was played on Ladies Day, bringing together footballers wives and girlfriends under a marquee.
“We had some food, games and goodie bags and it was a great success,” he said.
Under 15s girls finished 2.14.26 to West Juniors 2.1.13.
Coach Steve Maiuri said this followed two big matches versus Aspley and Victoria Point.
”The girls were due to have a flat game and this was the one,” he said.
“To be fair to the girls they have been up all year, so I am proud of these great girls.
“On a day that we weren't at our best we still had 16 scoring shots to 3.
“West Juniors girls pushed us all game and we will learn a lot from this game and move forward. “
The team plays Mt Gravatt in the last game of the season.
“Any win is a good win and we sit now at the top of the table,” he said.
Under 16s played their best four-quarter effort of the year with one more to guarantee them a slot in the grand finals.
The results were Pirates 25.16-166 def Victoria Point Black 4.2-26.