Cameron Meade is away for Mariners try number two against the Falcons.
Cameron Meade is away for Mariners try number two against the Falcons. Rob Burgin

Turtles to have new beginning

BUNDABERG Turtles assistant coach Rob Darney hopes a new name and a new season will signal a new beginning for his club.

Formerly known as the Buccaneers, the Bundaberg Turtles will enter the All-Safe Spring Cup competition under the new moniker in a nod to one of the region’s most successful teams.

“The Turtles were a dominant force in Bundaberg Union so this is about a resurgence of our club, it’s about re-establishing ourselves as a dominant force in rugby union,” he said.

The Turtles will battle the Alloway Falcons tonight in the hope of notching up two wins from the opening two rounds of the competition.

Darney has plenty of talent to draw upon in the squad, with seasoned union veterans Luke Cummins, Stuart Melowski and Stevie Andrews eager to wear the Turtles colours.

They will be joined by Bundaberg Rugby League talents Josh and Matt Tanner and Brendan McKeown.

“We’ve got a good mix of guys who know the game well and guys who’ve got the natural talent to pick it up and run with it,” Darney said.

“The league guys are picking things up pretty quickly and when they get it, I think they’re going to be pretty hard to stop.”

Darney said the competition opening match against Isis Crushers had been pleasing, with individual performances shining, through but his team still needed to work on cohesion.

“I think there’s need to gel together a bit more and develop combinations but that’s something that comes with game experience and I’m confident we will get there,” he said.

“We don’t know exactly how far this team can go yet, and the potential we have, but there are some very promising signs.”

Bundaberg Turtles will take on Alloway Falcons at 6.30pm at Across The Waves Sports Ground.

The match will be followed by Isis versus Barbarians at 8pm.

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