THE Mareeba Gladiators AGrade side were victorious on Saturday night after their opponents the Tully Tigers forfeited after just 20 minutes due to a lack of players.
The home team was up 22-0 when play was halted, as they were crossing the line with ease against what was a very fatigued Tigers outfit, of which was backing up from the Reserve Grade fixture.
In Reserve Grade, the Gladiators kept their finals hopes alive as they defeated Tully 34-26.
They will secure a finals berth if they can win this weekend against Edmonton away from home. While Reserve Grade coach Cam McPherson was somewhat disappointed with his side’s performance, he
noted that he was pleased that his side were able to come away with a victory against a game Tully side.
“At the end of the day a win is a win,” he said.
“We didn’t play our best but I was still pleased that we found a way – this team has shown resolve and fight all year.
“We’ll be looking for a good preparation this week at training so we’re ready to go this weekend.
“It’s a really important game against Edmonton and all the players are excited for it.”
While the Gladiators will only squeeze into the finals series if they secure a win this weekend, McPherson certainly isn’t lacking confidence when it comes to his side’s chances.
“I genuinely believe we can beat anyone if we’re prepared and firing on all cylinders,” he said.
“But we can’t think ahead, we need to take care of business this weekend and hopefully we’ll be able to start preparing for the finals on Tuesday.”
For those interested in attending, the Gladiators will take on the Edmonton Storm on Saturday at Petersen Park.