Gympie Hammers put up fight but go down to Maroochydore
GYMPIE Hammers coach Blair Fuller said his team played its best game of the season on Saturday despite going down 19-0 to Maroochydore.
It was clear from half-time at Albert Park that it would be an even battle between the two sides.
The game was locked at 0-0 heading into the second half after the Hammers had a try disallowed.
Fuller said Maroochydore took them by surprise towards the end of the game.
"It was a very hard game," he said.
It was tough in the forwards and a challenge for the back line who had never played together before.
They went really well for new young players, he said.
"We are looking good and if we can maintain this team we could cause some upsets."
Number eight John O'Driscoll ran the ball up well and took on the forwards front-on, but did not walk away without a scratch.
O'Driscoll will be taking this week's game off after hurting his ribs on Saturday.
Fuller said second-row forward Brent Dickfos was strong in line-outs and made it difficult for the other teams.
Gympie Hammers will play University of the Sunshine Coast this Saturday at the campus from 1.45pm.
Fuller said the Hammers struggled to have players available when travelling and hoped they would still front a decent team.
With players returning from work commitments this week Fuller expects to take a strong outfit to the coast.