Gladiators vow to dig deep
MAREEBA’S history-making tilt at a CDRL grand final appearance will hinge on the club’s depth as the Gladiators battle an injury crisis heading into Sunday’s sudden-death semi-final against Yarrabah.
Last weekend Mareeba not only lost to Innisfail 58-16, but lost another three players to injury.
A couple of key players, including co-captain Ian King, will be back this weekend.
Gladiators coach Tye Ingebrigtsen said that their line-up isn’t looking good for this weekend’s game but the team is in high spirits with their eye on getting into the grand final.
He said he is hoping a few of the boys will be able to step up for this weekend’s match which will be kicking off at 3pm on Sunday at Barlow Park.
“We have about 10 players who are injured at the moment,” he said.
“It means we have to work hard again but I am still confident with the boys and I be- lieve they will work hard.”
Ingebrigtsen said that no matter what happens the boys had all played hard this season.
King said that in the first 20 minutes of last weekend’s game, the Gladiators fell behind early and couldn’t get on top of a strong Innisfail side.
“No matter what happens we will go in strong and give it a red hot crack,” he said.
“We have struggled for the last four years and Tye has really boosted this club and the team as a whole has given it a good go this year.”
He said he hoped they can get a good crowd of supporters this weekend who will help them get over the line and into the grand finals.
“We want to get a crowd down there and for the boys to get a bit of support,” he said. “It will lift us a bit more.” This weekend co captainMaddie Oosen, Kienan Grogan, George House, Payden Porter, Okomaka Talagi, Henare Maeva and Azar Gutchen will be on the bench cheering on the team but will be unable to play due to injuries.
Mareeba's Joey Burchell probes the defensive line in last weekend’s CDRL semi-final against Innisfail Leprechauns at Barlow Park.