Easts player Daniel Billingsley (right) battles with Labrador’s Kyle Gildea during Sunday’s TigerTurf Cup Plate final at Carina. Ipswich won 3-2.
Easts player Daniel Billingsley (right) battles with Labrador’s Kyle Gildea during Sunday’s TigerTurf Cup Plate final at Carina. Ipswich won 3-2. Fred Husted

Malcolm may tear up retirement plan

EASTS player/coach Paul Malcolm is reconsidering his decision to retire next season after sharing in his side's TigerTurf Cup tournament success on Sunday.

Easts finished the innovative nine-a-side, post-season series as winners of the Plate competition after upstaging Labrador 3-2 in the final.

The Ipswich competition premiers enjoyed a sweet victory, having been beaten by many of those players in this year's state open final.

Top-of-the-table Easts missed a shot at the TigerTurf Cup title after a shock 4-3 loss to previously winless Sunshine Coast champions Buderim Rebels on Sunday morning.

However, the Ipswich champions quickly regrouped in the Plate competition semi-final to beat Kedron Wavell 3-1 on their way to overrunning Labrador.

Malcolm, standing in for regular coach Nathan Hooper, praised the effort of his side which dominated the competition except for Sunday morning's surprise defeat.

"It was an early morning start and we were not prepared," Malcolm said.

Senior players like Daniel Mantell and Tim Woodford led Easts' recovery at Carina.

Mantell scored five goals in three 30-minute games, including a tomahawk early in the consolation final.

Woodford and Jarrod Brown also scored for Easts in the final.

Easts speedster David Llewelyn was named player of the final.

Matt McManus stepped up to guard the net, replacing regular goalkeeper Andrew Woodford.

"We couldn't be happier how we went," Malcolm said.

"We defeated every single Brisbane side in the comp and only lost one to the Sunshine Coast side. That's a pretty special effort from all the boys.

"The boys did themselves proud and did Ipswich proud as well."

Having announced his A-grade retirement after scoring in Easts' 7-0 Ipswich grand final victory, Malcolm revealed he was having second thoughts.

"It's made me sit on the fence," Malcolm said after enjoying the TigerTurf Cup format.

"I'll see what we've got next year and see what's going to happen. I don't want to stand in the way of the young guys coming through."

Malcolm said the closeknit Easts players were bracing for a big party at the Coronation Hotel before finally having an off-season break.

In the women's competition, Ipswich outfit Hancock Brothers finished the tournament winless after falling to Toowoomba side Rangeville 3-1 on Saturday. Sara Rogers scored the lone goal for Hancocks.

Easts won the women's title, beating fellow Brisbane outfit Valley 3-2 in the final.

Brisbane Easts also won the men's TigerTurf Cup final, downing the previously unbeaten Queensland Academy of Sport side 3-2 in extra time.



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