Hammers home ground impenetrable as Mariners flop
RUGBY UNION: For years it lay dormant.
Irregularly mowed and unevenly lined.
It sported a decrepit basketball hoop at one end, and rickety goal posts at the other.
Once the spiritual home of Brothers rugby league, White's Gully is now the impenetrable fortress of Gympie rugby union.
A recent and substantial cash injection, saw a formal club house resurrected, a facelift to the change rooms and a general improve to the facilities.
And according to hammers coach Jason McPherson, it is all contributing to his team's success on the park.
The Hammers are firming as a genuine finals dark horse.
They now sit just outside the competition top four and on the back of their second consecutive win at home on Saturday, confidence in the squad is at an all time high.
The Hammers defeated the Fraser Coast Mariners 22-15.
Arguably a scrappy affair, Gympie were far from their polished best.
McPherson was honest in his appraisal post-match but said the season was on track.
"It was pretty scrappy rugby for 60% of that game but we still won,” McPherson said.
"We are learning how to stick our nose in front and stay there.
"In past years if another team scored a try we would be happy sit back and let them put another 20 on us.”
McPherson said his team performances at home were boosted by the infrastructure improvements.
"We have built a club,” he said.
"There are some really good things happening.
"The boys want to play finals footy.”
Gympie play Caloundra at home this week. The match will be a true test of the Hammers finals chances after a narrow loss to the Coast side in round one.