The Panthers great Kele Park escape
AUSSIE RULES: It took a tidy finish from young gun Konner Faulkner to get the Rockhampton Panthers to get out of jail against a committed Kangaroos at the weekend.
The in-form Panthers were anything but, unable to play their best football due to the physical game-plan employed by the Kangaroos.
In a see-sawing final quarter, Panthers came from nine down, and thanks to Faulkner stole the lead with under a minute remaining.
Coach Tommy Kneen said it was a game they would have lost 12 months ago.
"It wasn't our best game, to their credit they were able to shut us down and play to their strengths,” the relieved coach said.
"They really took it to us, and we struggled to respond to the nature of it.
Round 9 Results
- BITS Saints 10.12.72 def Glenmore Bulls 9.3-57
- Rockhampton Brothers 10.14-74 lost to Rockhampton Panthers 11.10-76
- Yeppoon Swans 20.21-141 def Gladstone Mudcrabs 5.3-33
"Faulkner did really well. It was a pressure kick on the run at a slight angle. We had had opportunities earlier but they shut them out.
"There was a lot of relief in the win and it could have gone either way.
"The mentality has changed. We know we can do it now whereas years passed we would have lost by a handful of goals but they are maturing.”
Panthers now sit comfortably in the finals race having won their last three games.
"Levi Davenport was great with the contested footy, Travis Applewaite good again and Travus Young was solid at the back,” he said.
"Joe McGahan on debut was really good in the ruck.”
Panthers face Yeppoon next round at the RCG.