Lighthouses relish form in title hunt
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.
HARD TO CATCH: Caloundra's Samison Vereniki, pictured against Maroochydore in a previous match.