Gladiators' first run of the season
Rugby League: Gayndah Gladiators has had their first run of the season.
It was a rainy morning, with patchy showers drifting in and out, so it was a sign of community support that around 30 or 40 dedicated fans arrived at the oval to cheer on the mixed teams.
"It's just a glorified training session, this is for you,” Gladiators coach Dave Madden told his charges.
Madden said he was in awe of the culture Mustangs have developed at the club, after the two teams travelled back to the clubhouse for a post-match steak and snag.
"We were wowed by the way they looked after us, the hospitality and the culture of Murgon,” Mr Madden said.
"It started last year and it's just so great to build the friendship between neighbouring towns.”
He is upbeat about the performance.
"It's great to get our first run and blow the cobwebs out after a long off-season,” Mr Madden said.
"It's that match fitness you can't get at training.”
He is, however, concerned at the low numbers at training.
He says Gladiators are about a half-dozen shy of having a proper squad.
"They're great blokes and it's a great culture,” Mr Madden said.
"You don't want to be training the week before the first game.”
Zac Dann echoed Mr Madden's sentiments.
Hesaid it would have been handy to have an extra half-dozen A-graders travel with the team.
He said if Gayndah is to compete for a hallowed 'three-peat' of championships, they will need to step it up, as they are a "fair way” behind where they were last season.
Tom Jameson was also keen for some more A-graders to come out of the woodwork.