Gladiators set benchmark
Rugby league: The Gayndah Gladiators remain undefeated in the Central Burnett senior rugby league competition after overcoming the Biggenden Warriors in Eidsvold at the weekend.
The Gladiators proved they had depth as well as good form early in the season by continuing their winning streak despite losing key players in previous games.
The Gladiators kept the Warriors scoreless while scoring 36 points of their own.
Gladiators senior coach Rob Linskett is proud of the team and everything they have achieved already.
"We haven't even thought about setting the bar, we go week by week and make sure we look after our own backyard first,” Linskett said.
At the halfway point of the season the Gladiators are yet to suffer a loss, which is a polar opposite to the previous season that had the Gladiators battling for a win.
"And the years before that too,” Linskett said.
Another thing the Gladiators have gained for the first time in a number of years is depth in their team roster.
Having lost starting halfback Luke Altham earlier in the season, the depth of the roster meant the place could be filled.
"We haven't had that type of depth for a few years,” Linskett said.
"We now have younger players who have come up and the older heads who are quite happy to fill in where needed and are able to play anywhere, so when we lost Luke we were still able to gain another halfback.”
The commitment to the team by its players is no more evident than with the numbers arriving to training each week.
"The players are all dedicated this year and bond and train really well. There are a lot of benefits from training and this is one of them,” Linskett said.
He agreed the ease with which the new younger players had adapted to the senior competition was a credit to the strength of the Central Burnett Brumbies being able to prepare them for what was required.
"Eidsvold got some boys, Mundubbera and now us all have some new younger players moving up,” Linskett said.
"The coaching staff in both clubs has to be commended too.
"All the team bonding is going really well.”