Sunbury survives rough trot to be Fraser Coast's best
SUNBURY Blues fought through their toughest period relatively unscathed and are ready to launch an assault on the Wide Bay League's top teams.
At the start of this season, Blues coach Andrew Howlett warned of a tough period during which his team would suffer from the loss of several top players due to holidays and other events.
Sunbury cast aside any suggestion of a hangover last week when it slotted six goals past the struggling United Park Eagles, and are out to continue their run against KSS Jets tonight.
Howlett warned his side would not have their way with the Hervey Bay club, which is still riding the high of beating local rivals United Warriors for the first time.
"It will be tough, you sometimes think you can take the points easily but (KSS) lifts for every game,” Howlett said.
"They've got a skillful side and will be pumped after last week's win. Our boys lifted last week and we've got a few more plays back.”
One of those is Tyson Bedford, the reigning Wide Bay Player of the Year.
"We've definitely missed him this year but the other boys have stepped up (in his absence),” Howlett said.
"The whole team is working hard.”
That was most evident in the side's 1-0 loss to Across The Waves a fortnight ago, a game in which Sunbury was without seven regular starts.
Sunbury, the Fraser Coast's top-ranked side, currently sits fourth on the Wide Bay League table with KSS Jets three points behind them in fifth.