26 April 2010

Goodna Gladiators miss key players


JUST when Goodna appeared to have their season up and running the wheels fell off temporarily on Saturday.

The Gladiators were coming off their first win of the season over the defending premiers but were hindered by some players not turning up for the trip to Wynnum, who won 24-6.

"We just weren't prepared well enough for it and were out played," coach Les Shine said.

Undefeated after three rounds Wynnum look the team to beat in this year's competition.

"They're definitely the benchmark," Shine said.

"They're where we want to be.

"They were pretty good.

"Well drilled and skilled."

Too well drilled and skilled for a Goodna team forced to call up players who had just played an hour in the second grade match before.

"A whole lot of little things snowballed into a poor performance," Shine said.

"We didn't train that well and three key players pulled out on Thursday night.

"But there are no excuses and they were the better team on the day."

Despite Goodna's interrupted preparation the Eagles were still in the match with 10 minutes to go before two late Wynnum tries blew the scoreboard out.

Shine is confident when his team gets its act together the result will be very different.

"I've got no doubt," he said.

"Once we kept hold of the ball and went wide we made huge inroads.

"We'll take a lot out of the game."

Shine made a point of mentioning the performances of flanker Morris McKenzie and second rower Iti Matautia.

"Both had brilliant games," the coach said.

Meanwhile Ipswich scored on the bell to defeat Pine Rivers 16-13 in their Barber Cup clash and Springfield Lakes went down 15-10 to Brisbane Irish.

In the Pegg Cup Goodna beat Wynnum 7-5 while Ipswich lost 20-0 to Pine Rivers Boars.

In the Scotney Cup Rangers lost to UQ 60-5 while Springfield Lakes drew seven all with Sunnybank

Rangers colts beat GPS 15-7.

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