READY TO PLAY: Hervey Bay Seagulls’ Tye Ingebrigtsen and Billy Stefaniuk.
READY TO PLAY: Hervey Bay Seagulls’ Tye Ingebrigtsen and Billy Stefaniuk. Valerie Horton

POLL: Five BRL games you can't miss in 2016

A HERVEY Bay double header which includes the grand final rematch is reason enough for Fraser Coast rugby league fans to be excited about the 2016 season.

Players, coaches, officials and fans have already circled what they believe are the biggest games of the year, and there are plenty to choose from given the competition will run over 21 rounds.

The Fraser Coast Chronicle has cast its eye over the 63 A-grade games and picked five of what we believe could be some of the most important games of the season

Agree or disagree? Follow the link to the draw and tell me what games you are looking forward to at sport@frasercoastchronicle.com.au.

Who do you think will win the Bundaberg Rugby League premiership?

This poll ended on 25 March 2016.

Current Results

Easts Magpies

4%

Hervey Bay Seagulls

29%

Isis Devils

4%

Past Brothers (defending premiers)

27%

Wallaroos

8%

Waves Tigers

15%

Wests Panthers

8%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Round 1: Hervey Bay Seagulls v Past Brothers at Stafford Park on March 5

THESE two clubs were part of BRL's hottest, and at times ugliest, rivalries in 2015.

They were streets ahead of the rest in terms of the regular season, and it was Past Brothers' loss to Wests Panthers that handed Hervey Bay their first BRL minor premiership since 2001.

While the Seagulls enjoyed the minor premiership, Past Brothers won the game that counted most - the grand final  - and did it in a way that completely demoralised Hervey Bay.

This will be the first of at least three games between the two clubs in 2016.

Wallaroos half Luke Waters.
Wallaroos half Luke Waters. Matthew Mcinerney

Round 2: Wallaroos v Hervey Bay Seagulls at Eskdale Park on March 12

Hervey Bay were at their crushing best to win the George Baumann Trophy last year, and the Seagulls are intent on maintaining dominance over the Fraser Coast rivals.

Wallaroos lost two of their best players to the Seagulls during the off-season.

The remaining Wallaroos will be out to ensure Damien Otto and Will Jung regret their decision to leave, and the club took a subtle swipe at the Hervey Bay club when they made it their mission to focus on local players.

 

 

Isis hooker Tim Cole.
Isis hooker Tim Cole. Alistair Brightman

Round 7: Isis Devils v Wests Panthers at Salter Oval on April 16

 

THE last time the 2014 grand final combatants met it ended in multiple fights on a day BRL chairman Mike Ireland slammed as "bloody disgraceful".

Isis Devils have lost some of their best players in the off-season while Wests, won went back-to-back in 2013-14, were just 40 minutes away from a third consecutive grand final.

The Devils want to prove they should not be taken lightly while Wests are out to ensure they are still one of the top three teams in the competition.

 

Round 21: Isis Devils v Easts Magpies at Childers Showground on July 23

TWO teams who have made little impact on the market, Isis Devils and Easts Magpies could both be in for long seasons.

This will be third time the clubs meet in 2016 but, more importantly, could be the game that decides the wooden spoon.

Easts struggled last year due to the loss of now-North Queensland Cowboys Kyle Laybutt and Cody Maughan, while Isis have steadily lost their impact players.

The Devils' reliance on imports bit them last year and the players they have lost makes for the grim prediction.

Easts’ Cody Stibbards.
Easts’ Cody Stibbards. Ben Turnbull

Round 24: Past Brothers v Waves Tigers at Salter Oval on August 13

IF Waves Tigers play as well as they have recruited this could be a true changing of the guard.

Past Brothers obliterated their opponents, scoring 848 points from 18 regular season games (47.1 points per game), while Waves conceded 52.2ppg to a total of 940.

Past Brothers replaced their losses with strong players, while the Tigers have recruited well and should no longer be the competition's easybeats.

If Antonio Kaufusi's men gel this game could play a major role in shaping the BRL finals.
 

Waves Tigers prop Russell Wood.
Waves Tigers prop Russell Wood. Ben Turnbull

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