Gympie hammers on the up despite heavy loss to Caloundra
THE GYMPIE Hammers continued their improvement on the field but were unable to match the Caloundra Lighthouses on the scoreboard in Saturday's rugby union clash at Leprechaun Park.
The Hammers were tested on their home turf with Caloundra winning 38-7.
The Hammers received an early setback when Caloundra pounced on a Gympie error inside their own half to post an early converted try.
The defensive line was again breached soon after when a backline play saw Caloundra cross out wide.
A third try in the first half saw the Hammers down 19 -0 at half-time.
The Hammers came out firing after the break and were rewarded when hooker Clinton Hayward crossed the line after concerted pressure from the forwards.
Captain Andrew Rye converted to move the score to 19- 7.
The try was Gympie's last although the effort in defence was commendable in the second half.
Head coach Blair Fuller was encouraged by good player numbers and the steady improvement from the team.
"We are not far off our first win and the younger players are really committed to improving," he said.
Best players for the Hammers were Hayward, Glen Hartwig and Chris Pierce.
Next Saturday, May 2, the team travels to Hervey Bay.