Prop forward Jason Nightingale charges towards the line against Gatton at Platz Oval on Sunday.
Prop forward Jason Nightingale charges towards the line against Gatton at Platz Oval on Sunday. Glyn Rees

Wattles Warriors not giving in

THEY may have 17 players either injured, retired or moved on since last year’s A-grade Toowoomba Rugby League (TRL) competition, but the Wattles Warriors are determined to hang in there – and rebuild.

A-grade coach Cameron Hamblin said his players were looking forward to the challenge of the so-far winless Pittsworth Danes at Pittsworth tomorrow.

The Warriors have copped a hammering the past few weeks from some of the top teams in the TRL – most recently a 70-10 loss to Gatton last weekend.

But Hamblin said the playing group were keen to hang in.

“We’ve had a pretty tough year, we’ve been out for a win each week but we’re down on a few men with injuries,” he said.

“We’ve just come through a pretty touch patch. The injuries are our biggest problem but morale is good.

“Mate that’s life, and life goes on and you’ve just got to deal with what you’ve got.”

Hamblin said captain Matt McCarthy and prop-forward Jason Nightingale had been outstanding this season.

“Jason has been the most consistent player in our team ... he’s been there every week and he’s stepped up every week,” he said.

“All of the players are giving it their best.”

The injuries to A-grade players have given the Warriors to give some younger players the opportunity in A-grade.

“Confidence is a little down with the boys but they’re not totally despondent,” he said.

“Look as far as the club goes, there is no in-house fighting – it’s just one of those years. We’ve had them before and we’ve bounced back before and we’ll do it again.”

Hamblin said his group would be aiming to defend well for the entire set of six against the Danes tomorrow.

“We’ve been letting ourselves down late in the tackle count in defence,” he said.

“We’ll be giving them all the respect they deserve.”

Wattles Warriors president Barry Glass said the club was determined to see out the season and come back stronger in 2011.

“We’re hanging in there,” he said.

“We lost three players to Warwick and Brothers and the rest of (the 17) have retired or are injured. I do believe we can recover.

“We had an under 18 play three grades last week – a full game of under 18s and then 50 minutes and 40 minutes in A-grade and reserve grade.”



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