Brave Gators do town proud
MAREEBA rugby league looks in solid shape even though the wounded Gladiators crashed at the second-last hurdle in their quest to defy the knockers and vie for a CDRL grand final appearance
The heavily undermanned Gators lost in heartbreaking fashion to Yarrabah 34-30 last Sunday.
Co-captain Maddie Oosen said they gave it all they had but they just weren’t able to bring it over the line.
“We came out in the first half and we didn’t really have our heads screwed on,” he said.
“We completed about two sets which is the worst we have done all year.
“Tye (coach Ingebrigtsen) and Chris Shepherd had a good chat at half-time about what we needed to do to get back in the game and the boys came out and played the best second half of footy that we have played all year.”
He said they gave away too many points in the first half but the first five minutes into the second half was their turning point.
The season has now come to an end for the Gladiators with coach Ingebrigtsen leaving the club after securing a spot with Northern Pride Rugby League Football Club.
A new coach has yet to be confirmed for the 2018 Cairns District Rugby League (CDRL) season.
Cairns-based player, Oosen said he could not confirm if he will be back next year but said playing for Mareeba had been a great experience.
“The culture Tye has set-up is very professional and I enjoyed the season here,” he said.
“I think he is up there with one of the best coaches I have ever had and the season has reflected how much he loves the game.”
The Gators thanked the Mareeba community for all of their support throughout the season, especially at the away games. Oosen said the support that they got at last weekend’s semi-final match really showed the town’s dedication to the team.
Mareeba's Ricky Schein on the charge versus Yarrabah at Barlow Park.