Magpies fly high with whitewash
THERE'S been plenty of questions over Doon Villa's sporadic form this season - but one thing's for sure, they'll be firing on all cylinders come the finals.
That's the view of Magpies midfielder Jason Loft, who scored in Doon Villa's 9-0 romp over Tinana West Tigers on Saturday night.
It's just the third time in this year's Fraser Coast League the Magpies have strung together back-to-back wins, and Loft said the team was starting to hit its straps.
"It was fantastic (the win). We finally started to finish our chances," the 22-year-old said.
"We've been creating chances all year, but haven't put them away, but it was good to finally put a team to the sword."
Saturday's victory was the equal biggest victory of this year's campaign.
Thriving on the back of some dominant work from Robbie McPhie, and Tyler McKenna slotting back into the midfield after returning from holidays, Doon Villa piled on five first-half goals before going on with the job in the second half.
Player-coach Joel Neilsen was at his finishing best, scoring his second hat-trick of the season, as the Magpies looked like the imposing side many had tipped as favourites for the title.
"I think we're pretty much as strong as we can be," Loft said.
"Everyone is coming back from suspension and injuries so we've got no excuses.
"We know we can beat United, even though we haven't beaten them in a while, and Gympie has sort of dropped off since the Bundy league (Four Cities League) so we're pretty confident we can beat any team in the competition."
On Saturday's display, that is certainly the case.
The Magpies have a perfect chance to tune up for the finals when they take on Sunbury in the last round at Federation Park.
The match will be a prelude to the sudden death semi-final between the same two teams on August 24.