Playing in Brisbane pays off for Mariner

RYAN Bichel is one of a few Gladstone players from the Central Queensland Mariners who has been travelling to Brisbane with a combined Gladstone and Rockhampton side, and now he plans to bring his experience back to the local team.

Not only will he be leading the way through the mid-field, he will also be looking to impress a local crowd for the first official fixture at Brian Niven Park this year.

Playing in the Inter City Challenge, the problem for Bichel and his team will be tackling his mates from Rockhampton.

"The big thing to bring back is the play to work, how we talk and the work we can do as a team," he said.

"Rockhampton is a pretty good side, so it is not about the score."

Bichel simply wants his own game and that of the Gladstone Mariners to improve.

He said the structure was coming along nicely since a new coach came on board.

"It is higher intensity and he knows what it will take us to improve," Bichel said.

"We have been performing well, but we have a lot to improve on still."



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