On Saturday, the Bill Robertson Toyota Gladstone SUNS took the fields in their first hit outs for the year. Conditions across the region were certainly challenging with the amount of rain and no doubt there are still plenty of sore bodies around.
Thanks to our junior naming rights sponsor Yaralla Sports Club, our first side to take to the field was our Yaralla U13’s. They looked great in their new kits which were generously supplied by their gold sponsor, JC’s Mobile Plant Maintenance. They got off to a great start and lead at the first change and managed to keep their noses in front at half time too. In what was a tight contest in trying conditions, they went into the final term leading by just 5 points but unfortunately the Roos were able to sneak away with a win by just 1 point. While our side was very unlucky not to take the win, they can certainly hold their heads up high and can look forward to a rematch at home in round 6.
The Yaralla U15’s were up next and they have Contract Resources as the gold sponsor and silver sponsor Dreamtilt to thank for their new uniforms. Under new coach to the club Antony Madigan, the boys have been pushing hard in training and were looking forward to testing themselves against the Kangaroos side. The lads got off to a perfect start in the first quarter as they managed to keep their opposition goalless while we kicked 2 goals of our own. The second quarter was a bit of a deadlock, as both sides could only manage behinds for the quarter which meant we took a 13-point lead into half time. The Roos made a bit of a come back during the 3rd term and were able to close the gap slightly. The great news is, our U15’s were able to hold onto the lead in the final term to come away with a much deserved 2 goal win! Congrats lads.
Our final junior grade, the Yaralla U17’s took to the field next and their new kits were supplied by gold sponsors Ship & Sail + Gladstone Marine Centre and silver sponsor Dreamtilt. Unfortunately, the boys were slow to get out of the box as the Roos jumped away to a 4-goal lead at the first break. Both sides couldn’t be separated in the second term, kicking 2 goals apiece, as the Roos lead held steady at the half time break. In the third term, Roos once again opened the lead up but only slightly as they extended the lead by a further 2 goals. At the final change the lead was now 7 goals, from here our lads kept battling away but Brothers were the stronger side on the day. No doubt coach Barks will be looking forward to some quality inclusions next weekend and hopefully the boys will reverse the result.
Next up was our Bill Robertson Toyota Reserves and as the name suggests, Bill Robertson Toyota is the gold sponsor of the Reserves and the silver sponsor is Evo Windows and Doors. With what was almost a new team for the club and many not having trained much, it was always going to be a question of how long it will take for the guys to gel and play as one unit. A great sign was the numbers that made themselves available for the match and kept battling away for the whole game. The Roos were far too strong from start to finish and ran away convincing winners, but once the guys start getting to training more consistently and get a few games together they will certainly make some in roads. Also, with plenty of ins for Round 2, hopefully the guys can turn it around.
The Bill Robertson Toyota Seniors were next to take the field and they are of course sponsored by Bill Robertson Toyota and Evo Windows and Doors as the silver sponsor. Much like the Reserves, there were quite a few new inclusions to the side and under a new coach there was going to be some unknowns entering the game. The first quarter was a cracker as both sides struggled to make inroads on the scoreboard. The Roos were kicking with a slight wind advantage, but the Suns backlines were holding strong as they were well assisted by the midfield in putting plenty of pressure on. At the end of the first quarter the Roos managed to take in a very slender lead. Somehow the breeze seemed to swing straight around in the second quarter, but this didn’t bother either side as they continued to be locked in an arm wrestle, with each side swapping the lead during the quarter but Roos were able to sneak in front heading into the final change. Once again, for the first half of the 3rd quarter both sides couldn’t be separated, at the half way point Roos lead was only 3 goals but unfortunately from here, the Roos side was able to pull away late in the term, taking a strong lead into the final break. Having injuries to Rodney Oldaker, Trey Dummett and new recruit Kyle Turner during the term certainly didn’t help the situation, but credit to the Brothers side, their fitness and well drilled structures enabled them to really pull away in the final term. Great signs for the Suns senior side though, having played some great footy in the first half and half of the 3rd quarter, there are plenty of positives to take away from the game.
Our final game of the day was our Oaks Grand Gladstone Women’s side and as the name suggests, their gold sponsor is Oaks Grand Gladstone and their silver sponsor is Sparkman’s Cabinets and Joinery. The side has had a huge influx of players this season from both the junior levels and new players to the club. Under new coach Gary Hill they have been working hard on improving their skills and fitness for the season. Like the senior men’s sides, having so many players that have never played together before, it will take some time to gel as a side. From the start the Roos side was able to pull away and they never looked back, our side kept battling away in trying conditions, but they were unable to match the opposition. It was great to hear that spirits were still high in the changerooms after the game having loved every minute of the game!
Big changes have happened and there are many new faces to the club, we have plenty of hard work in front of us, but we all know it’s a long road ahead. As the Philadelphia 76’s say, “Trust the Process”. Next week we take on the Glenmore Bulls for our first home game of the year and we hope to see everyone down.
Huge thanks to our players award sponsors for the season too! The players certainly love your generosity and for our members, be sure to support the businesses that support our club!