Brave Ga­tors do town proud

Tablelands Advertiser - - SPORT - Bron­wyn Wheatcroft

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.

Pic­ture: Justin Bri­erty

Mareeba's Ricky Schein on the charge ver­sus Yarrabah at Bar­low Park.

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