Mariners will seek revenge
LAST year the Fraser Coast Mariners went through the Bundaberg All-Safe Spring Cup largely unchallenged.
This year is a different story.
The high-flying Bundaberg Turtles, formerly known as the Buccaneers, defeated the Mariners in their first and only meeting this year, winning the match 17-20.
The Mariners did not lose a game on their way to winning the competition last year, so losing wasn’t a familiar feeling for the side.
The undefeated Turtles also took another honour away from the Mariners this year, after claiming the minor premiership.
But Mariner Trent DeVere isn’t worried about that.
He is confident the team can turn it around and exact revenge on the talented Bundaberg team when they meet in the final of the Spring Competition this Friday night.
Both teams won their respective semi-finals convincingly.
The Mariners, who also compete in the Sunshine Coast Rugby Union competition, defeated the Isis Crushers 41 to 8 in the first semi-final, but the scoreline did not reflect the intensity of the match, DeVere said.
“They did play well.
“They came out at us hard.”
DeVere said that, after holding them off for that first period, the Mariners were able to turn it around.
“We started to feel a bit better and we were able to get comfortable.”
The Turtles defeated West Barbarians in a walkover as the team did not have the numbers to field a side.