27 February, 2024

Gators down in first trial match

IT was an intense match for the Mareeba Gladiators first-grade side on Saturday night, with the local team going down to the Edmonton Storm 34-28 in their first trial match of the season.

Gators down in first trial match - feature photo

Poor ball control and field position is what let the team down according to coach Chris Sheppard, but despite that, he was happy with the team’s overall performance. 

“We did a ‘Mountain of D’ (defence) and fought back to be down 16-10 at half time and 22-all into the second half,” he said. 

“It was a good hit out for the first game of the year. We'll be better for it and look forward to Friday night against a quality Atherton team that's recruited strongly.”

Sheppard named Reece Dally, Hubie Elu, Trezman Banjo and Keripo Gutchen-Gela the men of the match, with the trio taking over the spotlight throughout the game. 

Now preparing for their first derby against Atherton, Mareeba Senior Rugby League president Shaun Fincham said the Gladiators were keen for some local rivalry to kick off the FNQRL season. 

“It’s great to see footy being played finally - pre-season can be a long slog on and off the field,” he said. 

“As a club we have a healthy rivalry with Atherton. They will be a quality team in 2024 and it’s always a great atmosphere when the two clubs play. 

“I’m looking forward to this weekend's trial in Atherton.”

Mareeba and Atherton will go head to head at Mungalli Creek Dairy Stadium this Friday from 8.30pm. 


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