THE newly formed under-16 Gympie Hammers secured its second win of the season last Saturday, beating second-placed Brothers in a convincing display.
A healthy local crowd turned out at White's Gully for the match, and were soon on their feet as Billy Lord finished off some good lead-up play from Lachlan Johns and James Sharpe, scoring the first try within one minute of the kick off.
Speedster Lachlan Birt ran 80 metres to score a spectacular try soon after and give Gympie the 12-0 lead.
Brothers hit back after half time to reduce the deficit to five points, before slotting a penalty goal to be within two, but a final Hammers try sealed the 17-10 win.
Coach Don Pitt was particularly happy with his players' discipline and ball control, specific elements he had focused on at training.
They will take on Caloundra in Caloundra at 2pm today, and a win could move the Hammers into fourth on the ladder.
It was a much tougher outing last week for the under-18 Hammers, who were dealt a footballing lesson from in-form Caloundra, going down 54-0.
The speed and footwork of Caloundra's backline proved too much to handle for Gympie, who defended their line bravely, but had no real answers.
Coach Adam Mackay highlighted the tackling of some of the players as an area that needs work.
It was put to the test last night, as they took on Maleny in Maleny.
While the Hammers are winless in the under-18 competition, they are in third place due to three of their matches being forfeited by the opposition.
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