Gympie’s Albert Park will be the place for rugby fans on Friday night with the final round of the Cricks Volkswagen Sunshine Coast Rugby Cup being played.
The night kicks-off with the Gympie Hammers hosting University at 7pm in a must win clash for the local side. The following match will see ladder topping Nambour Toads take on Brothers Rugby Club at 8.15pm.
The Hammers will be playing to secure second place on the ladder and a home semi-final the following week.
A five-match winning streak was halted last week when the Hammers lost narrowly to Brothers, but Hammers team manager Roman Sidey is confident they have shown enough quality to succeed.
“In our five-match winning run we beat every other team in the comp, mostly in very close games. That gives us the belief that when we turn up and play smart rugby, we can beat anyone”. Sidey added that last week’s loss was a “wake-up call and will be used to motivate the players this week”.
“We know that if we win this week, we are guaranteed to finished second, so it really is a simple scenario: win.”
The match against Brothers last week was a cagey affair, with scores locked at 7-all at half time, after fullback Owen Dugdale crossed the try-line from a cross-field kick pass from flyhalf Brae Mcallister.
Both sides added unconverted tries early in the second half, with Mcallister crossing for the Hammers, to have the scores at 12-12 leading into the final phase of the match.
In the last play of the match, Brothers were able to kick and regather the ball to score, finishing 17-12 ahead of the hosts.
“Close losses are always the hardest to take, especially when it’s the final play like that,” Dugdale reflected. “I think most of us expected that we’d be the team to lift and do something late, but passes just didn’t seem to stick. We know we could have won, but premierships aren’t built on could haves.”
The senior’s kick-off will follow U17 Junior Colts match and U17 girls matches starting from 5.30pm on Fields 1 and 2. Saturday will have Hammer’s juniors on display all day from U8s kicking-off from 8.30am and U13s from 1pm
Get down for a great Local rugby talent this weekend at Albert Park.