Rovers have fun on way to glory
ROVERS were three players short just minutes before their Fraser Coast Rugby League A-Grade clash with Burrum Miners kicked off at Maryborough’s Eskdale Park.
Coach Colin Stacey decided to keep his pre-game talk to his players short and to the point.
Stacey told them he didn’t care if they won or lost as long as they had fun – they sure did.
Rovers registered their first win of the season and their first since re-joining the competition after a three-year absence by hammering Burrum Miners 64-24.
Kenny Parsons starred for Rovers.
The five-eighth score five tries and kicked eight goals.
Harrison Blair (two), Peter Blair (two), Peter Scotney, Chris Ebsworth and Carl Alaban scored the other tries.
It came as no surprise that Stacey said he was proud of each and every one of his players.
“You could say that I wasn’t expecting to get this sort of result given our circumstances.”
“It was a fantastic effort.”
As for his pre-game talk, Stacey said he might have to keep it simple every week now.
“I might have to get rid of all the tactical stuff and just tell them to get out there and enjoy themselves,” he laughed.
“It worked this week against the odds and besides, having a good time is what playing for this club is all about.”
Nevil Page, Malcolm Binn, David Bond, Warren Chapman, Elgar Harrison and Steve Pershouse scored the tries for Burrum Miners while Cory Matthews kicked the extras.
In the other game of the round, the Wallaroos juggernaut continued to power its way towards the premiership.
The unbeaten competition leaders smashed second-placed Brothers 80-4 after leading 40-0 at half-time.
Josh Crowley (three) Brad Wex (two), Sam Hutchins (two), Mitchell Jobson (two), Marcus Piercy, Alex Kennedy, Matthew Walker, Todd Campbell and Rhys Graves scored the tries while Luke Beatty kicked an impressive 12 goals.
Gary Brown scored a try for Brothers.