LEADING LIGHT: Ashley O'Donnell has been one of Hervey Bay's best.
LEADING LIGHT: Ashley O'Donnell has been one of Hervey Bay's best. Valerie Horton

Tough run almost over for the Seagulls

A TOUGH month of injury, suspension and player unavailability is almost over for Hervey Bay Seagulls.

The defending premiers will field a side missing nine top-line players for their game against Maryborough Brothers, but most of those could be back within a week.

Coach Jai Ingram will again watch his troops from the sideline, as they try to keep their place alongside Past Brothers atop the Bundaberg Rugby League ladder.

"It's been tough but to lose just one of those games is massive,” Ingram said.

"We had a lot of experience on the sideline, but that gave a lot of young guys who might've been outside that top 25 a go.”

Some of those, like young gun Lachie Jackson, will be hard to leave out.

"Lachie's been fantastic, Ty Lindsay who debuted last week was great. We gave Dylan Glynn another game last week as well,” Ingram said. "Guys like that might have been outside my top 25 at the start of the year but they'll certainly be there next season.”

Ingram said he would not underestimate the win-less Maryborough Brothers.

"They've got a good side but they're probably just lacking that confidence,” Ingram said. "They've got a good forward pack so they could match us there.

"We got them on the edges last time but they'll be ready to go.”

The sides clash at Childers Showground at 4.20pm.

Isis Devils host third-placed Wallaroos in the main game from 6pm.



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