Rough seas wont scuttle Hammers

Gone: Hammer’s English import Ricky Lee Hasnip isn’t around for today’s clash.
Gone: Hammer’s English import Ricky Lee Hasnip isn’t around for today’s clash. Craig Warhurst

GYMPIE Hammers face an uphill battle today at Albert Park when they clash with the Caboolture Snakes.

With six players unavailable from the team that beat Nambour 52-39, coach David Crowley has had to reshuffle the side somewhat.

“You definitely lose continuity having to change a side that much,” Crowley commented.

“We’ve had to approach this game differently. Tactically, we’ll be playing a different game to what we did against Nambour.”

Caboolture got the better of Gympie last time they met, outscoring them nine tries to six, with errant goal kicking blowing the margin out 53-30.

However, the result was much closer when they played at Albert Park earlier in the year, with the Hammers going down 25-22, despite scoring four tries to Caboolture’s three.

This has been a vastly improved season from the Hammers, led from the front by captain Andrew “Bowski” Rye.

Asked if this weekend’s game was more difficult due to the personnel changes, Rye refused to make excuses.

“We can’t complain about how rough the seas are,” he said. “We just need to bring the ship into port.”

He also hinted that the home crowd could prove the difference.

“We’re hoping for a good crowd down there. (They) could be what get us over the line,” Rye said.

With both teams sensing a possible win, this should be a great day of rugby, with the reserve grade clashes always hotly contested as well.

Games will start earlier than normal at Gympie’s Albert Park, reserve grade at 1pm and A grade at 2.30pm.

Gympie Times