Shark attack sinks Cobras
FOUR Australian touch titles in five years for South Queensland Sharks coach Frank Bondolfi has many thinking he has the magical Midas touch after again winning the womens 20's National Touch League title yesterday.
So what is Bondolfi's secret source of alchemy that ensures so much success?
"Simple, I make sure they're all good mates," he said.
"That way they all play for each other."
Bondolfi's young Sharks charges did just that in their 5-3 victory over the Brisbane City Cobras.
Racing to a 3-0 lead by the seven minute mark, it seemed the Sharks were going to win in a canter.
But the Sharks found themselves late in the first half on the wrong side of a lop sided penalty count, and the Cobras finally cashed in, scoring two touchdowns to trail by only a single score at the break.
Many were concerned the Sharks had wasted too many energy pills defending so many repeat sets, but not the Sharks themselves, and definitely not Bondolfi.
"I was very happy at half time with how we were playing," he said.
"And the girls were very positive".
The Sharks confidence was justified, scoring an important touchdown after only a minute of the second half had elapsed.
Sharks captain Alyce Hulbert proved she wasn't just a defensive machine to score the decisive touchdown that topped off her player- of-the-match performance.
Two minutes later, a magnificent inside ball from Rachelle Waetford sent Melissa Tyack over the line and had the Super coach thinking about next year.
"The average age of this side is only 17, and they can only get better" warned the man with the golden touch.