Past and present Mariners to put on a spectacle
FRASER Coast Mariners will mark its 15th anniversary with a milestone game between past and present players today.
The Mariners, who were sixth in the Sunshine Coast Rugby Union reserve grade competition this season, will face some of the best former Fraser Coast players at their Urangan home.
Steve Schmierer knows exactly how the game will end.
"We'll probably take the hammer off once we get 40 up on them,” the Past Mariner said. "It's probably the fair thing to do to them, it is a spectacle.”
Schmierer was part of the Mariners' inaugural side in 2002, and made increasingly sporadic appearances on the field in the years since.
He is also a former Queensland Police Rugby Union representative, and was confident his side would teach the current crop a few lessons on the field.
"They had a really good season this year, so the important part is we need to remind them where they are,” Schmierer said.
"We can't let them grow too heavy in their boots.”
Present Mariner Adam Ebert said his side would have the game wrapped up by the final break.
"We'll relax in the third period,” he said.
Ebert said the present Mariners had their Past opponents covered in terms of fitness, "skill, toughness, agility, speed, and all the other facets of rugby”.
"They do have some good players in their squad, there's a few blokes who played Premiers and reserve Premiers and that sort of stuff, which has bolstered their back line,” he said.
"There's definitely a few guys in our team who will look across the field and think it'll be a walk in the park and get a shock from one or two of the fellas who have been around a bit longer. Us boys that know the Past team will know not to take it lightly.”
The co-coach said the day, which will be followed by the club's presentation night, was a celebration.
"It's just to celebrate the club,” Ebert said. "We've had great players come and go, Steve went and played for the Queensland police team and Australian emergency services teams, but we've got Australian indigenous players, Country Queensland players who have started their careers at the Mariners.
"It's good to get those blokes back and mixing with a few of the young blokes we have now.”