Hammers told to 'step up'
GYMPIE Hammers rugby union coach David Crowley has implored his players to step up following a battering at the hands of Maroochydore at the weekend.
The game was played at Jack Stokes Saturday afternoon and the Hammers went down 50-nil.
Maroochydore got the ball rolling with four tries in the first half, followed by three in the second. Despite missing a conversion, a field goal allowed the visitors to reach half a ton.
Crowley gave full credit to Maroochydore for a dominant performance.
“Maroochydore is one of the strongest teams, so we knew we were going to have a tough game,” he said.
“Maroochydore played hard and exposed a number of areas in our game.”
The Gympie coach said the score line could have been a little less dramatic had the Hammers converted a number of missed opportunities.
“We blew four tries and while there was no way we could have won the match, it would have been a tighter score line,” he said.
Despite the disappointment, a number of individual performances gave the Hammers something positive to hang onto.
Sean Dixon on the outside wing played well while Ryan McLeod, the number 8, also continued his run of consistent form.
Meanwhile, Ryan Gottke, who started playing last year, showed his improvement as a blind side flanker while the outside centre, David Wellington, showed glimpses of form.
The Hammers have a bye this weekend owing to the Queen’s Birthday long weekend but players will be kept busy with the club’s special dinner celebrating its 35 years.
To be held at the Gympie Civic Centre Saturday evening, there will be guest speakers for the night and an auction of sporting memorabilia.
Crowley said the event was a special occasion for the club to reflect on its past, present and future.
Maroochydore recently had its own dinner to celebrate 35 years and used the weekend to pay tribute to its history with the Hammers.
“They presented us with a framed photo of a game they played against us in Kin Kin, which happened to be one of their first games,” Crowley said.
Past and present Hammers players will be attending the dinner.