WITH five years under his belt at Tannum Sands Seagulls, Will O'Brien knows it is time to become a leader.
In a team showing much improvement week in week out, O'Brien knows the importance of keeping a positive outlook.
"No-one likes to lose, when you are winning it is easy," he said.
O'Brien and his Seagulls team were on the end of a tough day Sunday in the heat, and under constant harassment from the Wallabys.
With players fatiguing quickly, the game turned into a scrappy affair which eventually got away from Tannum Sands.
Playing dummy half, O'Brien tried his best to keep his side on the straight and narrow, not seeking a miracle but consistency which is the team's goal.
"We just want to be competitive, you can't come back from last year and expect to be in a grand final," he said.
"I wouldn't say they played better than us, they got the momentum and our heads went down."
One part of the competition O'Brien sees as hurting his side currently is the lack of an under-20s segment.
A 22-year-old himself, he is now comfortable playing in the top grade, recognising the difficulties from his own hardships.
"The big thing that kills our comp and club is scrapping the 20s, it is hard to go from 18s as a schoolboy to playing men," he said.
But now he is in the top grade and one of the longer serving Seagulls, O'Brien is starting a change.
"That's it, being here for five years from Townsville, I see myself in a senior role to step up and lead by example," he said.
U18 - Wallabys 18 def Tannum Sands 16
Reserves - Wallabys 38 def Tannum Sands 14
A-Grade - Wallabys 38 def Tannum Sands 6