Sunbury's winning start the beginning of new Blues
A WIN in the Wide Bay League's first round has new Sunbury coach Andrew Howlett hopeful of a big year.
The Blues came from behind to beat Bargara 5-3 in Bundaberg, and are positioned as Fraser Coast's best after one game.
It is a welcome change to previous seasons in which Sunbury usually start slow.
"We've always struggled early then come home with a wet sail,” Howlett said.
"This year we want to get these early wins under our belt so if we do have that rough patch, we can hopefully get through to finals.
"The boys never gave up.”
Down 2-0 early and despite a fightback which saw Sunbury level the scores, Bargara held a 3-2 lead going into the break.
The Blues' players didn't drop their heads.
They lifted their game, kept Bargara on a tight leash, then with 20 minutes to go found a groove.
Three goals in 20 minutes handed Sunbury the three competition points, and a winning start to Howlett's coaching career.
Sunbury will travel to Hervey Bay to face United Warriors on Saturday.
Howlett admitted he didn't know what to expect from the side, who had the bye in the first round.
"They are an unknown quantity,” Howlett said.
"They've lost a few players but have gained quite a few of their youth players. Our boys are itching to go.”