Victors back with vengeance
HERVEY Bay certainly copped the full brunt of Brothers shock loss to Isis two weeks ago when they went to Stafford Park last Saturday, with the Brethren showing no mercy running out easy winners over the Sea Gulls.
At Salter Oval both West and East continued on their winning ways at the expense of Across The Waves Tigers and Wallaroos respectively.
Both the latter clubs are really struggling with numbers and will have to rally up some extra players especially the Tigers in reserve grade.
Waves Tigers are a proud club and I know the hard working committee are at a loss to explain where all the signed players have gone over the last few weeks, forcing their reserve grade to forfeit twice so early in the season.
Terry Cassidy has requested all players to come to training and help this proud club out in the centenary year of Bundaberg Rugby League.
Both the Under-18 and Women's competition got under way last Saturday with seven U18 sides and four Women's teams.
The girls were really excited to be back on the park and all four sides put on a good show for the enthusiastic crowd.
There were some high scores in the three U18 games; the boys concentrated more on attack than defence, so I guess the coaches will have the tackling bags out this week at training.
The 47th Battalion is coming up in Gladstone next month. I am now able to name our coaches; A Grade Tracey Kuskey, U20 John Reeves and the Women's coach will be Kim Saltner.
All support staff will be named next week and the sides will be named after two more rounds of the BRL and all players are reminded they have to be available for representative duties.
Tickets are on sale now for the luncheon with the State Of Origin team on May 28 at Shalom Collage and can be purchased from Bundaberg Broadcasters in Crofton St in business hours Monday to Friday, or the Salter Oval office Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am-noon.
Tables of 10 are $650 so I suggest you get in early as tables will sell fast; this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to mix it with the maroons.
When a coach goes to a club he does try to impress the club, players and so on. Well, with one coach over East it is the old story "don't do what I do, do as I say", apparently. Rumour has it he laid down the law with the code of conduct re when players are out and about in their club shirts, to ensure you have pride in yourself as you are representing yourself as well as your club.
Well, two weeks ago the coach turns up at their watering hole without his shirt, I am happy to report David was seen leaving Salter Oval with a spare shirt in his hand on Saturday.
Finally, I encourage all league patrons to get out to Salter Oval early this Saturday and settle in for, I believe, the match of the season when the undefeated West Panthers take on Brothers. Brace yourself, it will be a cracker.