Gympie Hammers heart in game all the way

RUGBY UNION: The Gympie Hammers fell to the Nambour Toads 66-0 after the experienced side dominated on home ground in Nambour at the weekend.

Manager Sean Dixon said the Hammers went down trying and in the end just lost to a much more experienced team.

"They tried until the last minute," he said.

Fullback Kyle Johnstone chased every ball on Saturday and saved a few tries by not giving up even when it might have been a lost cause.

Dixon said lock or second-row Kris Mitchell tried hard all day and worked well around the park.

"They do not give up no matter what," he said.

He said it was the Hammers first year back competing and although the score lines have not gone Gympie's way, they play with a lot of heart.

"From where we were at the start of the year to where we are now there has been a big improvement," he said.

This Saturday will mean another tough game for the Gympie reserve-grade side as they play Caloundra, who are on top of the ladder.

"They are a very physical team."

Dixon said yesterday afternoon and Thursday the Hammers would run through drills and general skills like tackling which included a lot of breakdown work.

He said this season was a major stepping stone for the team and the club as there was doubt regarding numbers this season.

"It looks like we have a good group of core players to follow through next year," he said.

Four or five under-18 players also look to make their way through the ranks to play with the seniors next year which should make for a promising season.

Dixon said only recently the club had obtained proper scrummaging equipment, which it had not had all season.

A previous member of the Gympie Hammers, who now is a member of the Souths Rugby Union Club in Brisbane, donated the equipment as it would have otherwise been sent to the scrap bin.

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