Gympie Hammers try Dophins on home ground
THE Gympie Hammers will play the undefeated Noosa Dolphins at Albert Park today after two weeks rest returning as a full-strength side.
Hammers coach Blair Fuller said Noosa was the strongest club in the Sunshine Coast reserve-grade rugby union competition and likely had players who could be classed in A-grade.
After a few weeks off the Hammers were keen to get back on the park at home, Fuller said.
"We will give it a shot," he said.
"We have been improving each week."
Since having the time off, the Hammers would be at full-strength today with only two players out through work commitments.
Fuller said training had been going well and a strong session on Thursday night included going over the game plan in preparation for the match.
"We will take it as it comes with Noosa," he said.
Fuller said he believed Ryan Gottke was the best lineout jumper in the whole competition and the team would be relying heavily on him.
"We will be looking to him to win over the ball and turn over a few of theirs."
Chris Mitchell would provide a strong work rate in the forwards and get the hard yards done, he said.
Fuller said the Hammers would take a hit with Chris Pearce out through work commitments, but they still would be able to fill his position.
The Hammers would look at this game as a warm-up heading into the next few games, which looked winnable for the Gympie side.
"We will give them everything we have got," he said.
Fuller said it would be good to have number eight John O'Driscoll back playing after recovering for five weeks with rib injuries.
Flanker Peter Butler would also be back on the park after a shoulder injury put him on the bench.