Gayndah Masters shine
Training pays off for Gladiators as they defeat Kingaroy 24–12
GAYNDAH showed its experience in the masters rugby league clash against Burnett arch rivals, the Kingaroy Red Ants.
The visiting side claimed a 24–12 victory at a packed out TJ O’Neill Oval to ensure the competition remained strong as Gayndah hopes to host Kingaroy next year.
Gayndah’s Mick Coulson said he was quite surprised at how well his team of veterans held up.
“We went good. We went better than we thought,” he said.
Unlike the Red Ants, Gayndah ran a handful of training sessions before the game to create a bit of chemistry.
This boosted the confidence of the away side which was aided by the favourable conditions on Saturday.
“We always worry about coming down to Kingaroy, more because of the cold than the players.”
Gayndah took charge of the match under the clear blue skies to earn and hold the lead right from the start of the game.
Coulson pointed to fullback Jason McCosker as being Gayndah’s best player.
“Jason McCosker did well because he was quick and fit,” he said.
McCosker was the highest scorer in the game, claiming four tries.
The six tries to three win avenged Gayndah’s defeat at the hands of Kingaroy at last year’s Citrus Cup.
Coulson said he hoped to have an opportunity to host Kingaroy next year to keep the competition alive.
“It’s about the passion of rugby league,” he said.
Red Ants spokesman Peter Cavanagh said Kingaroy lacked pre-game training and was hampered by player shortages.
“We were struggling a bit with numbers, we had six out with work commitments,” he said.
These player shortages exaggerated the defensive lapses to allow Gayndah to break through the Red Ants across the park. Masses of ball handling errors did not help their Red cause either.
GREAT SPORTSMANSHIP: The Gayndah Masters and Kingaroy Masters enjoyed a competitive game.