27 March, 2023
Dominating first win for Gladiators
THE Mareeba Gladiators begun their 2023 season with a strong statement and a clean sweep in all grades and a dominating 56-26 win over the Edmonton Storm in A-grade on Sunday at Davies Park.
The Gladiators have truly hit the ground running this season after successful trial matches before the start of the season which propelled them into the first game of the FNQ Rugby League season against the Storm.
A-grade coach Chris Shep-pard said the players performed extremely well and constantly put pressure on the Storm.
“The attack was really strong with a good platform laid by the forwards and some slick play by the backs resulting in some fantastic tries,” he said.
“Ty Grogan and Sonny Rea both nabbed hat-tricks, Hubie Eli scored a double and Murphy Morris, Trezman Banjo and Ian King all scored tires as well.
“Defence is a work in progress but with a number of forwards due to return over the coming weeks, some continuity is expected.”
The Gladiators crossed the line 11 times, three of which in the first 10 minutes, compared to the Storm’s five tries.
The reserves managed to get up 26-24 in their match as well as the U18’s as they won 24-20