Mariners reaady for grand finale
THE FRASER Coast Mariners have been the team to beat in the Bundaberg spring rugby union competition – and now there is only one team standing in the way of grand final glory after the Mariners beat Wests Barbarians 29-5 in their semi final on Friday night.
The Alloway Falcons caused something of an upset on Friday night, beating the more favoured East Coast Buccaneers 12-8 in what was a closely fought match. The Bundaberg team will now face the Mariners in the grand final.
Mariners player Stephen Shine said that while the team was thrilled to be through to the grand final they weren’t getting ahead of themselves and knew there was still much work yet to be done.
The team goes into the grand final undefeated after seven weeks of competition but that will be no excuse for complacency, with the team determined to play with as much discipline as they have shown during the competition.
The team will train on Wednesday night and they will use the training session to get into the right mindset to play the grand final, Shine said.
“We need to get out minds switched on.
“We need to concentrate.
“We can’t go into the grand final thinking we’re going to win it – we need to do the little things right.”
The team had expected to be playing the Buccaneers in the final as the team hit form in the latter half of the competition.
But the Falcons were the better team on the night and earned their right to take on the Mariners in the decider.
But the Mariners, who travelled to Bundaberg early on Friday night to watch the first semi final clash between the Falcons and the Buccaneers, won’t be focussing on the improved performance of the Falcons this week. It will be performances of their own players that will be crucial to the outcome of the game, Shine said.
“We just have to get in the mindset of playing a grand final and play to the best of our ability,” he said.