Mariners set to continue history run
FRASER Coast Mariners have already made history regardless of this week's preliminary final result.
The Mariners are in their first Sunshine Coast Rugby Union finals series, and on Sunday beat Maroochydore Swans for the first time this season.
The 23-5 win came courtesy of fullback Kale Hendle's 19-point haul as well as an Ed Bally try. Co-coaches Trent Devere and Adam Ebert were delighted with the result.
Devere said his troops played basic but strong footy to get over the line, and highlighted an early patch of dominance that delivered victory.
"It wasn't the most polished performance but we were still good enough to get the win," Devere said.
"We had an early penalty but turned down the three to go for more. We didn't score straight away but we kept pressuring and eventually scored.
"We were up 17-0 at half-time and they didn't score until there was about 10 minutes left. The boys are pretty stoked."
The strong performance ended the Swans' season and set up a tantalising clash with Caloundra.
Like Maroochydore, the last time the Mariners faced Caloundra during the season it ended in a draw, and the previous game saw Caloundra romp to victory.
Caloundra fell to Noosa Dolphins 20-15 in the major semi-final, and the winner of this week's game will meet Noosa in the grand final.
Though it might not make a big difference to his reserve grade semi, Devere said his side could benefit from the A-grade semi-final between Caloundra and Noosa.
"Hopefully they're more focussed on that game than ours," he said.
"We have the players to do it regardless of who they put out there. We matched them last time so we can do it again."
Mariners in review
Finals, Week 1
Aug 22: Noosa Dolphins 20 def Caloundra Lighthouses 15
Aug 23: Fraser Coast 23 def Maroochydore Swans 5
Finals, Week 2
Aug 29: Fraser Coast Mariners v Caloundra Lighthouse
Head to Head
Played: 2Won: 0Lost: 1Drawn: 1