Gla­di­a­tors set bench­mark

Gayndah re­mains un­de­feated

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Adam McCleery

RUGBY LEAGUE: The Gayndah Gla­di­a­tors re­main un­de­feated in the Cen­tral Bur­nett se­nior rugby league com­pe­ti­tion af­ter over­com­ing the Biggen­den War­riors in Eidsvold at the week­end.

The Gla­di­a­tors proved they had depth as well as good form early in the sea­son by con­tin­u­ing their win­ning streak de­spite los­ing key play­ers in pre­vi­ous games.

The Gla­di­a­tors kept the War­riors score­less while scor­ing 36 points of their own.

Gla­di­a­tors se­nior coach Rob Lins­kett is proud of the team and ev­ery­thing they have achieved al­ready.

“We haven’t even thought about set­ting the bar, we go week by week and make sure we look af­ter our own back­yard first,” Lins­kett said.

At the half­way point of the sea­son the Gla­di­a­tors are yet to suf­fer a loss, which is a po­lar op­po­site to the pre­vi­ous sea­son that had the Gla­di­a­tors bat­tling for a win.

“And the years be­fore that too,” Lins­kett said.

An­other thing the Gla­di­a­tors have gained for the first time in a num­ber of years is depth in their team ros­ter.

Hav­ing lost start­ing half­back Luke Altham ear­lier in the sea­son, the depth of the ros­ter meant the place could be filled.

“We haven’t had that type of depth for a few years,” Lins­kett said.

“We now have younger play­ers who have come up and the older heads who are quite happy to fill in where needed and are able to play any­where, so when we lost Luke we were still able to gain an­other half­back.”

The com­mit­ment to the team by its play­ers is no more ev­i­dent than with the num­bers ar­riv­ing to train­ing each week.

“The play­ers are all ded­i­cated this year and bond and train re­ally well. There are a lot of ben­e­fits from train­ing and this is one of them,” Lins­kett said.

He agreed the ease with which the new younger play­ers had adapted to the se­nior com­pe­ti­tion was a credit to the strength of the Cen­tral Bur­nett Brumbies be­ing able to pre­pare them for what was re­quired.

“Eidsvold got some boys, Mun­dub­bera and now us all have some new younger play­ers mov­ing up,” Lins­kett said.

“The coach­ing staff in both clubs has to be com­mended too.

“All the team bond­ing is go­ing re­ally well.”

VIC­TO­RI­OUS: Gla­di­a­tors were un­beat­able at the week­end as they gained mileage in their op­po­nent’s half. PHOTOS: PHILIPPE CO­QUERAND

A Gla­di­a­tors player en­sures a quick 'play the ball' at the week­end.

The num­ber 11 Gla­di­a­tors player con­verts the try, en­sur­ing a good lead-in dur­ing the game.

The War­riors were left speech­less by the Gla­di­a­tors de­fence.

One of the Gla­di­a­tors play­ing the ball at the week­end.

The Gla­di­a­tors run­ning onto the field against the War­riors.

One of the Glad­i­a­tor play­ers goes down against the War­riors at the week­end.

The Gla­di­a­tors feed­ing the ball through the scrum against the War­riors.

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