Coach looks for normality in league semi-final
WALLABYS reserve grade coach Jamie Mitchell could be excused for wanting some normality, but isn't likely to get it in tomorrow's Gladstone and District Rugby League semi-final against Tannum Sands.
Mitchell and his reserve graders had to endure a day of high drama at Saleyards Park last Sunday, during which the reserve grade game against Fitzroy-Gracemere was abandoned before halftime with the scores at 16-16.
After the match was delayed due to broken glass left on the field by vandals, it was later abandoned with the field surface deemed to be unsafe for play due to an apparent irrigation leak.
Again, the team finds itself in an unusual situation tomorrow, facing up to a Seagulls side which Mitchell concedes his players will know little about.
Many of the Seagulls' regular players cannot play tomorrow's match because they've doubled up for A grade too often at the playerstrapped club.
'I think they've got a few guys coming out of retirement and a few other reserve graders who haven't played A grade,' Mitchell said.
'Hopefully, the boys will put it all together and give Tannum a bit of a touch-up but anything can happen in a grand final.
'We're a pretty flashy side to watch but for the last few months we've picked up our defence.'
Mitchell said defence would be the key to the side's chances of securing a GDRL-CQ Extended League premiership double.