Competition over for Mariners
THE FRASER Coast Mariners have not made the finals of the Sunshine Coast Rugby Union competition since the club formed in 2002.
They will need to improve dramatically if they want to change that disappointing statistic, if this year’s performance is anything to go on.
The Mariners finished the season on the bottom of the ladder after slumping to yet another defeat in the 17th and final round of the regular season in Caboolture on Saturday.
Caboolture, who also missed out playing in the semi-finals this year, crushed the Mariners 57-12.
The home team started strongly and led 24-0 at one stage, before the Mariners scored a couple tries before half-time.
The comeback proved to be short-lived as the hosts piled on the pressure and plenty more points in a one-sided second half.
Trent De Vere and Chris Dougan scored the tries for the Mariners while Richard Whittemore added the extras.
Veteran Fraser Coast Mariners’ prop Iain Everiss said his team knew they would be in for a tough time in Caboolture and they were not disappointed.
“We knew Caboolture were going to throw everything at us as they needed a bonus point win and another result to go their way to make the semi-finals,” Everiss said.
“They (Caboolture) obviously wanted it more than us as they had it all to play for – it was all-or-nothing for them.
“They did their part but unfortunately the other result didn’t go their way in the end.”
With the season now over, a season in which the Mariners won just twice, Everiss said it was no good dwelling on it.
“We’ve got to learn from the experience and move on,” Everiss said.
“It’s no good wondering what might have been.”
But will the 40-year-old Everiss do it all again?
“I might seize up if I don’t pull on the boots again,” he laughed.
In other results, Noosa hammered Gympie 101-5, Maroochydore beat Nambour 19-13 and Caloundra beat University 28-25.