GAME ON: The touring Kevin Kevinson Invitational Team is flanked by the Gympie Hammers’ Scott Finlay.
GAME ON: The touring Kevin Kevinson Invitational Team is flanked by the Gympie Hammers’ Scott Finlay. Craig Warhurst

Hammers take on visiting side

THE Gympie Hammers are primed for their first hit out of the year against a touring side, said new recruit Scott Finlay yesterday.

The pre-season match against the Kevin Kevinson Invitational Team (KKIT) at White’s Gully today at noon is a great opportunity for the Hammers to blow out any cobwebs and get that winning feeling straight away.

“We have nothing to lose, because it is a friendly,” Finlay said.

“In saying that, we will still be trying to win because that’s the way we want it to be all year.

“Talking to the lads, it is going to be a physical game – we will play hard and be aggressive, but also enjoy it as well.”

KKIT spokesman Dallas Kevin said his touring party was in Gympie to play a hard game of rugby and have fun.

“The touring side has drawn players from the four points of the compass – there are guys from Darwin, Sydney, Port Macquarie and all over the place,” Kevin said.

“We go on tour once a year. Last year we went to Canberra and we’re in Gympie this year,” he said.

“It was just a matter of timing really, the Hammers gearing up for their season. Most of our guys have played a good standard of rugby, but only about half of us are actually still playing.

“When we get on the park we will play hard – if you don’t you will get injured – but after we will have a good time with the Hammers.”

The trial match, played over four 15-minute quarters, will be the first run in the blue and gold for Finlay.

“The Hammers didn’t have the best year last year, but all the lads have been very committed at training and they’re keen to get out and have a game,” Finlay said.

“It is only a trial, but we definitely want to get a win first up.”

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