Wide Bay rugby union development officer Andrew Beattie with Fraser Coast Mariners Steve Shine, Nathan Green, Heath Bartlett, Trent DeVere, Iain Everiss, Richard Whittemore, Troy Ngatai, Chris Jacobsen and Jason Palmer as they celebrated winning the Bundaberg spring ruby union competition yesterday.
Wide Bay rugby union development officer Andrew Beattie with Fraser Coast Mariners Steve Shine, Nathan Green, Heath Bartlett, Trent DeVere, Iain Everiss, Richard Whittemore, Troy Ngatai, Chris Jacobsen and Jason Palmer as they celebrated winning the Bundaberg spring ruby union competition yesterday. Alistair Brightman

Mariners crush Falcons in final

THE FRASER Coast Mariners came through the regular season of Bundaberg Spring Rugby Union competition undefeated but that didn’t mean they expected the grand final to be easy.

The talented side met the Alloway Falcons in the grand final of the competition on Friday night and, for the first 15 minutes, the match was a real arm-wrestle between the two sides.

The Falcons, fresh from their upset win against the East Coast Buccaneers in their qualifying final, were determined to make their mark against the Mariners and after 15 minutes the score line was nil all.

Superior skills and fitness showed in the end, however, and Cameron Meade was able to crash over the try line for the Mariners, setting up what was a comfortable win in the end for the side.

The final score was 38-3.

The Fraser Coast side made the most of their opportunities. The forwards led from the front and, as the Falcons tired, the backs were able to exploit the opportunities made by the forwards, carving up the Falcon’s defence at times.

“It was awesome,” Mariners player Trent DeVere said.

“I’m still smiling now.”

The premiership win will give the Mariners the boost they needed, DeVere said, after they just missed out on qualifying for the finals in the Sunshine Coast Rugby Union competition earlier this year.

DeVere said the side would take a lot of confidence away from how they performed.

“Once the forwards set it up for them, the backs were able to show what they could do.

“Our scrums and line outs were good too.”

DeVere said the team was proud of coming through the competition undefeated.

“It was nice to be undefeated.

“Also our defence has been really good.”

Mariners player Stephen Shine said everyone in the team contributed to the win.

“Everyone was great.

“We’re all pretty happy – the whole team came together well.”

Playing in the spring competition has also given player numbers a boost for the Mariners.

“We’ve gotten some players out of it – we’re really happy with the whole thing,” Shine said.

There is now talk of the Mariners playing against a representative Bundaberg team next year. DeVere said the Mariners would relish the challenge if that match eventuated.

“Yeah, that would be good.

“They’ve got some really quality players in the competition.”

Wide Bay Rugby Union development officer Andrew Beattie was with the players as they celebrated their win after holding their annual general meeting yesterday.

He said he was proud of the way the team had performed during the spring competition and said the team was looking forward to next year’s Sunshine Coast competition.

‘Once the forwards set it up for them, the backs were able to show what they could do’



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