Mariners ready to spring into comp

THE FRASER Coast Mariners will kick off the Bundaberg Spring Competition in the Rum City tonight when the team takes on the Alloway Falcons in the first round.

Mariners player Stephen Shine said the team was ready for the clash, although they will be minus a few of their players due to other commitments.

But Shine said it would be a good chance for the young players in the side to test themselves.

“We are looking forward to going up there but we think it will be a tough game.”

The Mariners won both their games during last year's spring competition but the competition was called off because of difficulties surrounding participation fees - but the team is confident of making its mark on the competition this year. After more than a month away from the sport the team is more than ready to get back on the paddock and have been training hard for the past few weeks to get ready.

The competition will be held in a round robin format, with each team playing each other once and then moving into the finals series.

Shine, who plays in the second row, said the team felt it could go all the way in the competition, their confidence built on the back on their strong performances in the Sunshine Cost Rugby Union Competition this year and in the Bundaberg Spring Competition last year.

“I think we've got a fairly good chance of winning it.

“We won the two games we played last year convincingly.”

The other teams in the competition are the Isis Crushers, West Barbarians and the East Coast Buccaneers.



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