Miners to defend premiership
BURRUM Miners coach Peter Waters has seen the Fraser Coast Rugby League competition grow in strength over many years – and he is sure this year will be no different.
The Miners will defend their premiership in the Fraser Coast competition this year.
The Miners came from last place in 2009 to snatch the title from 2008’s premiers, the Maryborough Wallaroos, showing the depth that already existed within the competition.
This year, with the Maryborough Wallaroos coming across from the Bundaberg Rugby League competition to join the existing Wallaroos team, Waters knows the side will be stronger than ever.
But the Miners will also come back bigger and better in 2010, with several new signings and plenty of motivation from their fairytale victory in last year’s grand final.
“We’re feeling pretty motivated – we’re keen to go,” Waters said.
The competition will start again on March 26 and the side has been training for several weeks to get ready for the new season.
The Wallaroos won’t be the only team to beat – Waters says the Fraser Coast Taipans have also made several new signings while Maryborough Brothers will also be a force to be reckoned with.
“Over the years the competition has really improved from what was really a pub competition to a real rugby league competition.”
The competition continues to raise its standard and Waters said fans also enjoyed the exciting, entertaining, free-flowing brand of football the teams brought to Maryborough’s Eskdale Park on a Friday night.
The addition of the under-18 competition will be an exciting aspect of the Fraser Coast league, Waters said, with the opportunity to see exciting up and coming players every week.
“It also means there will be more games being played.”
The Miners will feature a strong combination between their halves and their hooker this year.
Ivan Collins and Daniel Kingdom will make up their halves combination and will form the backbone of the squad.
Jamie Blythe, the Fraser Coast Rugby League player of the year, will also be back in the hooker position this year.