Seagull scores hat trick of tries

AN INEXPERIENCED side took to the field for the Fraser Coast Mariners, playing in the Bundaberg Spring Competition against the Alloway Falcons on Friday night.

But the union side made up for its inexperience with its enthusiasm and never-say-die attitude.

Going down an early try after misfielding a bomb, it would have been easy for the Mariners to let the game get away from them.

But the team quickly hit back with some straight, hard running and Heath Bartlett crashed over for the Fraser Coast side.

One of the Mariners' standouts on the night was Michael Bugeja, who also plays for the Hervey Bay Seagulls. He scored a hat trick of tries playing at centre for the Fraser Coast side.

The final score was 41-27 in favour of the Mariners.

The Mariners created plenty of opportunities when in possession but ball control was lacking at times for the spirited team, which finished fifth in the Sunshine Coast Rugby Union competition this year.

Looking after coaching duties on the night, an injured Stephen Shine said he was pleased with the result.

“Any win is a good win and we had plenty of young and inexperienced guys out there who hopefully learned from the experience,” he said.

Mariners veteran Iain Everiss was also pleased with the result but felt the tram could improve on the performance.

“We were sporadic and need to realise that we can't all run with the ball - someone's got to do the hard work.

“We'll do better for the game though.”

Bundaberg Spring Competition • Fraser Coast Mariners 41 (M Bugeja, 3, H Bartlett, D Jacobsen, D Grabbe, T Ngatai, tries; conversions, Grabbe 2, Ngatai. • Alloway Falcons 27


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