Glad­i­a­tors take on Ea­gles in first match

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Fe­lic­ity Rip­per Fe­lic­ity.Rip­per@cnbtimes.com.au

AF­TER a trial match, Clash for Cash and some vig­or­ous train­ing ses­sions, the Gayn­dah Glad­i­a­tors are pre­pared for a sea­son of suc­cess; kick­ing off with their game against Eidsvold on Satur­day.

Glad­i­a­tors coach Robert Lins­ket said the play­ers were ea­ger to get back on the field.

“They’re pretty ex­cited,” Lins­ket said.

“It’s their first real club game of the year so they are re­ally keen for the week­end.”

The team has kept up its nor­mal train­ing rou­tine, with a fo­cus on fit­ness.

“They’ve also been hon­ing their ball skills on Thurs­day night,” Lins­ket said.

With an ex­cit­ing an­nounce­ment to be made in the com­ing weeks, play­ers will be look­ing to show off their skills and ca­ma­raderie this week­end.

“We haven’t yet picked the team captain,” Lins­ket said.

“Three play­ers are in line for the ti­tle and we’ll be mak­ing the de­ci­sion soon.”

In a trial match in Fe­bru­ary, the Glad­i­a­tors de­feated the Mur­gon Mus­tangs 20–10.

The game, held at Gayn­dah, was a fundraiser for the club.

"The com­mu­nity be­hind us has been un­be­liev­able,” Lins­ket said.

This week­end’s game will kick off at 3pm at Eidsvold foot­ball fields.

There will be a can­teen and bar op­er­at­ing from 1.30pm.

And Lins­ket said he had high hopes for his team.

“It would be nice to get a win first off,” he said.

“You never know who is go­ing to per­form best, though.”

PHOTO: PHILIPPE CO­QUERAND

The Gayn­dah Glad­i­a­tors are ready for their first clash of the sea­son this week­end.

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