Gla­di­a­tors vow to dig deep

Tablelands Advertiser - - SPORT - Bron­wyn Wheatcroft

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.

Pic­ture: Bren­dan Radke

Ma­reeba's Joey Burchell probes the de­fen­sive line in last week­end’s CDRL semi-fi­nal against In­n­is­fail Leprechauns at Bar­low Park.

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