You're Invited! We would like to say THANKYOU!! Join the Blue Tongues for their End of Season Party this Friday August 31st!
As the 2012 AIHL Season for the BarterCard Gold Coast Blue Tongues draws to a close, we would like to invite all fans, sponsors, volunteers, friends and family of the Blue Tongues to the Surfers RSL this Friday night August 31st, to celebrate the 2012 Season and give us a chance to say thankyou to all those involved in making 2012 a memorable year for the team.
Although 2012 was not without many challenges and setbacks, we definitely would not have made it through without everyone's support! Our official post-game venue sponsor, Surfers RSL has been a fantastic supporter of the team all year and will host this Friday's event.
Details of the night:
Location: "Anzac Deck", 2nd floor of Surfers RSL, Beach Road, Surfers Paradise(Free parking across the road in the Bruce Bishop Car Park, bring your parking ticket to RSL reception for validation) Start Time: 6pm Presentation: 8pm Finger Food: will be provided courtesy of Surfers RSL from 6.30pm Drinks: will be via a cash bar, at the RSL's very competitve prices
No RSVP Required
With plans underway for the Blue Tongues to compete in their own brand new stadium on the Gold Coast there are many good times to look forward to in the future. With the demise of the Gold Coast Blaze basketball team and the Gold Coast United soccer team this year, the Blue Tongues along with the Gold Coast Suns and the Gold Coast Titans remain the only three teams on the Gold Coast competing in a national competition. Stay tuned for more information on the progress of the Blue Tongues for season 2013.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ON FRIDAY NIGHT TO SHARE THE MEMORIES OF SEASON 2012!!
This report was exported from Hewitt Sports Network
The Canberra Knights have surprised many pundits by putting on a show for their home fans in their 4-1 victory over the Gold Coast Blue Tongues. Andrew Hewitt reports.
With the time between drinks for the Canberra Knights growing every week, many had written off the chances of the Knights as they prepared to face the Blue Tongues in the Nation's Capital.
Despite going down early at the hands of the Blue Tongues' Etienne Du Toit, the home team was not phased and after a few minor penalties, the first period ended with Du Toit's goal the separating factor.
A Greg Bay tripping penalty shortly after the restart presented the home team with a prime opportunity to reassert themselves on the scoreboard, however the penalty was killed off and the Gold Coast lead remained at one.
With little over six minutes left in the second period, Canberra defender John Kennedy leveled for the home side after receiving assists from Jordan Gavin and Lucas Schott.
With the game up for grabs in the remaining fifteen minutes, both sides headed in to the final period with hopes high and confident of coming away with three points.
In a period which saw an amazing 31 shots both Mike Brown and Anthony Kimlin put on brilliant performances however the period's penalty count would overshadow their efforts.
After a tight beginning to the final stanza the Canberra side took the lead with just over five minutes left on the clock as Knights cult hero Nic Polaski netted his eleventh goal of the season giving his side a handy lead heading into the final stages.
Incurring his second penalty of the period, Ben Spillane gave the Knights an opportunity to extend their lead and after one minute with the extra man, John Kennedy added a second to his tally with another assist from Schott scoring the Knights' third unanswered goal .
This gave the home team a handy two goal buffer that would be hard to come back from.
Tensions increased as time did the opposite and after the Kennedy goal, goal scorer Polaski and the Gold Coast's Ross Howell were handed ten minute misconduct penalties seeing their evening finished.
Making the tough decision, the Gold Coast coaching staff decided to pull Kimlin in favour of an extra attacker in the final stages. With an empty net, Lucas Schott turned from assistant to deliverer as he put the nail in the Blue Tongues' coffin scoring an empty net goal.
With the game decided on the scoreboard, the battle still raged and with just under thirty seconds on the clock, tensions well and truly exploded and both teams received numerous penalties.
Aaron Clayworth and Cameron Trew were given match penalties, Mark Rummukainen was handed two game misconducts. Separately, game misconducts were given to Harry Byers and Lucas Schott of the Knights and Jon Bale, Adam Blanchette and Alex Hall of the Blue Tongues.
Ending their losing streak, the Knights will look to put pressure on those vying for the playoffs in Newcastle, while the Blue Tongues must now re-gather themselves as they fight it out in the Easton Conference.
by Andrew Hewitt
On the back of brilliant performances from Anthony Kimlin and Mike McRae, the Gold Coast Blue Tongues have dealt the Sydney Ice Dogs as stark warning for the rest of the season, dominating the home team 4-0 despite only just having enough players for two lines. Andrew McMurtry reports.
The Ice Dogs, who looked somewhat untouchable earlier this month, have now got to deal with the Bears breathing down their necks for the remaining finals position in the Bauer conference after losing five of their last six games.
It was not a good performance from the home team, however a goaltending master class from Australian representative and Blue Tongue Anthony Kimlin kept the Ice Dogs at bay, clearing the crease constantly and giving his team the best opportunity to win.
Mike McRae scored a hat trick in a dominant performance that started 37 seconds in as a rather innocuous backhander found a way past Gabe Robledo.
The Blue Tongues played smart throughout the game, attempting to get out on breakaways rather than going hard on the attack, allowing the team, who had several players missing after a spiteful night in Canberra the night before, to conserve energy.
It also allowed them to focus on defence, which kept the Dogs at bay and forced them to work hard to get close to the goals, which Kimlin was able to defend with ease.
In the second period, McRae scored his other two goals reasonably quickly, before the frustrations started getting to the Dogs. Ice Dogs Captain Andrew White took aim at Greg Bay after the Blue Tongue smashed Kirk Golden into the boards, leaving the Blue Tongues even further shorthanded.
As It turned out, the Blue Tongues didn’t need him as Kimlin was like a wall in front of the net for the Blue Tongues as the Dogs tried to break their duck, which led to James Sanford slotting a late empty netter for the visitors, finalising the four nil rout.
While the Blue Tongues are still in finals contention, it will be hard to claw back those teams ahead to challenge for the Goodall Cup, although performances like this will show that they shouldn’t be treated lightly.
The Dogs on the other hand will have to pick up some more points in the next few weeks to close the door on the Bears as they are only five points ahead of their cross-Sydney rivals.
It will be a big weekend for both teams next week, with the Tongues set to host the Mustangs in a pair of games, while the Dogs will travel up the F3 to take on the formidable North Stars on Saturday before taking on the Knights at home on Sunday.
by Andrew McMurtry
The next home games for the Blue Tongues are against the Melbourne Mustangs at Iceworld in Acacia Ridge on 3-4 August Friday and Saturday nights both starting at 10.30 PM.
Go Blue Tongues!!