Light­houses rel­ish form in ti­tle hunt

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - SPORT - — Steele Taylor

RUGBY UNION: There’s a buzz at the Caloun­dra Light­houses in their quest for a break­through A-grade ti­tle but co-coach Ge­off In­gram said their im­pres­sive mid-sea­son form would mean very lit­tle un­less they went on with the job.

The Light­houses boast a re­cent thrash­ing over Ma­roochy­dore 61-8 at Cot­ton Tree, and a vic­tory over Noosa, the re­gion’s tra­di­tional jug­ger­naut, and they’ve beaten the Dol­phins in three of their past four meet­ings.

So there’s ex­cite­ment at the club but In­gram said they had plenty of work to do this cam­paign.

“It’s nice and ev­ery­one’s got a lot of en­ergy and they’re pumped and the peo­ple in the com­mu­nity are re­ally en­joy­ing it (but) all the play­ers know it doesn’t re­ally mean so much un­less they can win those big games at the end in fi­nals.

“So they’re all work­ing re­ally hard dur­ing the week.

“We’re still work­ing quite hard on skills and fit­ness.

“Ev­ery­one knows we need to keep knuck­ling down on the games that mat­ter at the end.”

The Light­houses have fallen at the fi­nal hur­dle be­fore, on seven oc­ca­sions since 1982 in fact.

“A lot of the guys in the team have lost (the last) two grand fi­nals in a row (to Noosa) so they un­der­stand that play­ing well at the end of the year is when it counts,” In­gram said. “They’re go­ing well. “It’s just a mat­ter of main­tain­ing that through the year and mak­ing sure we’re play­ing like we are now, at the right time.”

Their win over the Swans was im­pres­sive.

Af­ter let­ting slip an early try, they over­whelmed the hosts.

“They’ve got got a pretty solid pack and they like to run tight lines off the ruck and once we re­alised we had to mus­cle up against that, the guys ad­justed and dealt with it and that was quite pleas­ing,” In­gram said.

PHOTO: PA­TRICK WOODS

HARD TO CATCH: Caloun­dra's Sami­son Vereniki, pic­tured against Ma­roochy­dore in a pre­vi­ous match.

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