YEAR IN REVIEW: Mariners faced a tough year
A POOR start robbed Fraser Coast Mariners any hope of qualifying for the Sunshine Coast Rugby Union reserve grade finals.
The region's sole rugby union outfit slumped to five consecutive losses after a season-opening bye.
A combination of poor execution, player numbers, and a lack of capitalisation on scoring chances combined to keep the Mariners anchored to the bottom of the table.
They finally broke through for a hard-fought win in the seventh round. but another three consecutive losses saw Fraser Coast kiss their finals aspirations goodbye.
Remarkably, it was about that time the Mariners turned their potential into points on the field.
A few wins set up a run home during which they have the chance to sneak into the top four.
It was ultimately a 17th-round, 34-21 loss to Maroochydore Swans that sealed their fate.
The Swans finished fourth on 39 points, just three ahead of Fraser Coast, who won six games and lost 11. Bonus points ensured they kept close to the Swans.
Noosa Dolphins eventually claimed the SCRU reserve grade premiership.
The Dolphins lost only once all season, and beat fellow powerhouse Caloundra 22-16 in the grand final.
Sean Fitzpatrick was named Player's Player while Jasper Brigden won the club's Best and Fairest.