Coach demands better effort
BROTHERS coach Mick Cartwright should have his players stripping paint off the walls before they take to the field to play Woorabinda tomorrow at Calliope.
The coach was none too impressed with their lackadaisical approach on the field against Valleys last week and will be looking for his side to dictate the way the game is played.
“We need to forget about how they (the opposition) play and concentrate on our game and not worry about who we're playing,” Cartwright said. “If we do things right we know we can play to our ability, we can be competitive with anyone.”
Woorabinda could not have got off to more of a flyer against Tannum Sands Seagulls last week, and if it gets off to a similar start against Brothers, the Fish will have their work cut out.
Cartwright got a rare chance to look at the Kangaroos last week and came away with a fair opinion of the league's latest addition.
“They're pretty quick and I think we have to try and hold the ball as much as we can,” he said. “I think everyone stood up and took a bit of notice against Tannum, and they (Woori) had a battle against Biloela. We need to be wary they can be very dangerous.
“We'll be trying to keep the ball down their end of the field and tire them out, hopefully.”
Chris Stolk returns for Brothers along with several others, but captain Josh Bateman is expected to miss up to 12 weeks with injury.
Cartwright had a few friendly words of advice for the referees, asking them to consider easing up on a couple of the game's aspects to produce a better spectacle.
“I'm not bagging them, (but) they should just concentrate on the 10 metres and the mark of play and not worry so much about fellas walking off the mark in attack,” he said.
“There were probably five penalties against the attacking side (last week) and I don't think we need that in our game. I think we need to let the game flow … and if they do that we'll see better footy.
“Both sides get frustrated and that's when you get the dropped ball. If they let a bit go, as long as it's for both sides, so be it.”
Woori coach Leroy Wilson said the team won't be changing its razzle-dazzle style of play against Brothers with the players on a high. “The boys pulled up good after last week's match, and the spirit was real good,” he said.
“They're going real well, everyone's keen as, (and) we're getting good numbers to training.
“It might take us a couple more games to really hit our straps, but we're on the right track.”
But Woori knows it will be in for a match tomorrow when they hit the park to tackle the Fish.
“We know Brothers are probably the benchmark so we're treating this weekend as a real test to see where we're sitting among the competition and we'll be coming with all we've got, that's for sure.”
Tannum Sands will aim for a win tomorrow against an unbeaten Wallabys at Dennis Park.
Seagulls coach Wes Hallam lamented the starts of the past two games and is wary of a Wallabys outfit likely to pounce on any mistakes. He said the need to get the completion rate up is a must, or Wallabys will be in the box seat.
Still undermanned, the Seagulls have a chance to show their supporters there's plenty of spirit in the playing group and if they can get off to a solid start, will be in with a show.
Wallabys consider they got out of jail against the Biloela Panthers last week and will look at trying to rectify things on the training track this week with the idea of getting back to playing the style of game they want to produce this season.
Panthers play Valleys at home and the home team coach, Graham Middlebrook, couldn't have been disappointed with the way his charges performed at Albion Park last Sunday, when they were within a minute of taking the points.
“What we got out of the match was a need to be more disciplined about where we are on the field and completing sets and not turning cheap ball over in bad positions,” he said.