PRESSING: Gympie’s Ryan McLeod makes ground for the Hammers against Fraser Coast at the weekend. The Hammers lost the encounter, giving Fraser Coast the King Family Cup.
PRESSING: Gympie’s Ryan McLeod makes ground for the Hammers against Fraser Coast at the weekend. The Hammers lost the encounter, giving Fraser Coast the King Family Cup. Contributed

King Family Cup leaves Gold City

IN an ultimate battle of the cellar-dwellers at Albert Park at the weekend, it was the Fraser Coast Mariners rugby union side that emerged triumphant over a lacklustre Gympie Hammers.

The Hervey Bay-based Mariners won the encounter 30-24 Saturday, ending a horror losing streak dating back to April.

Putting Gympie to the sword ensured the Mariners added the King Family Cup to their trophy cabinet.

The Cup, donated by the family of Gympie Rugby Union president Matthew King, is contested each time Gympie and Fraser Coast clash and symbolises the shared bond between both clubs.

Fraser Coast started quickly out of the blocks, crossing twice to pave the way to a 10-5 lead at half-time.

The Hammers returned fire immediately in the opening stages of the second half and managed to level the battle at 10-all.

But Fraser Coast wasn’t about to waste its opening half efforts, scoring a further three tries to open up a match-winning lead the Hammers just couldn’t bridge.

Had Fraser Coast been in form with the boot, not converting a single goal all match, the final score line could have blown out far more dramatically.

Gympie Times


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