Fraser Coast Mariners secure first win of the season
THE Fraser Coast Mariners knew their first win was around the corner.
A limited preseason and no trial games left the Mariners underdone compared to their Sunshine Coast Rugby Union reserve-grade opponents.
It showed on the scoreboard in the first few games, but despite five consecutive losses they held firm in the belief they were closer to the win.
The losing margins decreased, and when Caloundra stole a late victory on May 8 co-coach Trent Devere knew the side's time would come.
Devere said Fraser Coast, now with a bonus point win under their belts and off the bottom, had built to the 24-5 victory over Maroochydore for the past few weeks.
"I'm just happy to get the tick next to the box," Devere said.
"It's been building for three weeks.
"The last three weeks we've lost with a try or kick in the last minutes of the game.
"We knew it was there, it was just getting the monkey off the back. Now it's done, the box is ticked, we can continue to build from there."
The Mariners could have been forgiven for feeling a sense of deja vu when they led by seven at the break.
It was an identical score against Caloundra a week earlier, though they were not about to let go of another lead.
Devere said strong performances, particularly by quartet Saige Oto, Christiaan Mostert, Corey Pocock, and Josh Hutchings, helped the side secure maximum points.
"Performances like those three guys today, they've earned the spots in the side and you're putting them in front of other players in the squad," he said.