Mariners to chase two new pieces of silverware
A PRE-SEASON Cup and a plate final are the new additions to an expanded Sunshine Coast Rugby Union season.
Changes to the SCRU season in which A-grade teams will join seven Brisbane Suburban teams for a full round of the new competition left the four northern clubs without formal games in the first three months.
It was decided at a SCRU meeting that Fraser Coast Mariners will face Maleny, Gympie and Nambour in a two-round, pre-season cup, complete with finals, before the season proper starts on June 16.
SCRU general manager Luke Wyatt said clubs had also agreed to a new finals structure, in which the bottom four teams will compete in a plate final while the top four battle for the traditional premiership,
It means there could be more games than last year, but bye weeks will lessen the playing load on the Mariners, who played 21-straight weeks without a break last year.