Gayn­dah Masters shine

Train­ing pays off for Gla­di­a­tors as they de­feat Kin­garoy 24–12

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - –KEA­GAN EL­DER

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

GREAT SPORTS­MAN­SHIP: The Gayn­dah Masters and Kin­garoy Masters en­joyed a com­pet­i­tive game.

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