Falcons beaten by mighty Mariners
A CLASS Hervey Bay Mariners side gave Alloway Falcons a masterclass in rugby in a lopsided end to the NewsMail Spring Cup on Friday night.
Alloway came to the Across the Waves Sports Grounds full of determination after storming into the grand final.
But the Nathan Freeman-coached side was unable to match the clinical execution of the Mariners.
The Hervey Bay side walked away with a 38-3 win.
“They were just good all over the park,” Freeman said yesterday.
“It wasn’t the game we expected.
“We went into the game confident we could get a win, but they just outplayed us from the opening 10 minutes.”
“They’re just strong all over the field, they are strong in the backs and strong in the forwards and they are very disciplined in their execution.”
Hervey Bay stormed out of the gates in the grand final, putting on four tries in the opening half.
Alloway was unable to match it with the high-flying Mariners, mustering just a field goal in the entire match.
Though they were outclassed, Falcons did not stray from their game plan.
That is one point of consolation for Freeman.
“They didn’t get frustrated and play a different style, they played the way we have prepared to play and they didn’t give up,” Freeman said.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the guys for the way they played.”
Now Falcons will look forward to the next season, where Freeman will try to capture a premiership in the winter competition.
“We are already looking forward to next year, competing in the local comp,” Freeman said.