Hammers set for Noosa
LAST minute confusion over a playing venue has given the Gympie Hammers a win before even hitting the turf against arch rivals Noosa Dolphins at Albert Park today.
The competition draw originally had the Hammers travelling away for the final round clash against the Dolphins.
Gympie thought it had the matter sorted earlier in the year. Down to play Noosa twice away, the team approached organisers of the Sunshine Coast Competition to rectify the situation.
But with a change in management, the matter was forgotten and Noosa, minor premiers, was left with the impression its final round would be played before a home crowd.
Noosa found out this week it would hit the road for the game against the Hammers, throwing into turmoil the club’s plans to host a sponsors’ day in conjunction with the televised Australia – New Zealand test match.
Gympie Hammers Rugby Union Club president Matt King said a compromise was reached with the game times.
“We’ve moved all the games an hour earlier so Noosa can get back to watch the test match on the big screen,” he said.
Gympie has a history of fierce encounters with Noosa.
“The boys always look forward to playing Noosa,” coach David Crowley said.
“There’s certainly no love lost (and) I expect a very physical clash and some sore bodies next week from both sides.”
Crowley believes an aggressive approach will be needed.
“Against these guys, we can’t wait for our ship to come to port,” he said. “We have to swim to it.”
Reserve grade kicks off at 12.45pm and the main game starts at 2.15pm.
A spit roast dinner and the test match on the big screen follow at 5.30pm.