Sport

Filiga's ready to roll

Filinga Filiga will return to the Sea Eagles’ first-grade side.
Filinga Filiga will return to the Sea Eagles’ first-grade side.

THE prospect of an almost fully fit Filinga Filiga venting months of frustration on competition leader Wynnum Manly on Saturday has Sea Eagles officials salivating.

Big things were expected of the former Canterbury Bulldogs first-grader when he returned to the Sunshine Coast for the start of this season after a year with Redcliffe.

But the 102kg wrecking ball centre injured his ankle in February's trial match against the Warriors in New Zealand and then lost some conditioning when he could not return home for a couple of weeks due to visa issues.

The Sea Eagles took a chance and played him in the opening round loss to Central Capras, but he struggled and then spent two weeks on the sideline.

Having played reserve grade in the past two rounds, Filiga gets his chance back in the top grade following an ankle injury to centre Mitchell Buckett.

At 27, Filiga is one of the Coast's more seasoned players, and the Kiwi wants to take on a leadership role as the side looks to immediately rebound from last weekend's 42-12 loss to Norths by upsetting the unbeaten Seagulls at Stockland Park.

"Hopefully, (I'll) be a leader and get the boys through the game this week," he said yesterday.

"It's a young side. And being that age and having played a few games in the Q-Cup, I feel like I have to be a leader."

Filiga said he was probably two more games away from achieving peak fitness. He admitted to feeling frustrated over his slow start to the season, but was ready to make the most of this opportunity.

Sea Eagles chief executive Justin Veivers said the centre was close to where the club wanted him to be, and an in-form Filiga would provide the side with a big boost.

"For us it's pretty exciting because him at his best … he's a very, very good player," Veivers said. "He'd make any Q-Cup team at his peak."

GAME DAY

SUNSHINE COAST v WYNNUM MANLY

Stockland Park, Saturday, 3pm

Topics:  qrl sea eagles



How to do Eat Street the right way

EVERYTHING you need to know to get the most out of your Eat Street experience and to avoid a food coma when you’re only one stall deep.

Don’t go chasing waterfalls…find them on these drives!

The Scenic Rim is just one place nearby that you'll love.

BRISBANE isn’t all bright lights and city slickers.

Science Festival seriously awesome

Don't miss the World Science Festival Brisbane!

CALLING everyone who wants to see something totally cool.

Drink where the cool kids do this summer

There are a bunch of new bars open in Brisbane, make sure you're there!

CHECK out these new funky bars.

Discover Brisbane’s laneway gems

Brisbane's laneways will surprise you.

NOT all of Brisbane City is as it seems…

Top five things to experience this summer in Brisbane

Tangalooma is amazing if you're keen for a dive, kayak or swim.

THIS summer get out and explore your capital city.

Your boots are made for walking these tours

Brisbane Greeters tours are a great way to learn the local history of the city.

YOU don’t need a bike or bus for a seriously good tour of Brisbane.

Tony Abbott: Coalition in danger of becoming ‘Labor lite’

If only six members had changed their vote we would still have Tony Abbott as PM.

Abbott says he is disappointed and disillusioned with the government

Water meter readings across the region begin soon

ON THE JOB: Southern Downs Regional Council water officer Daniel Talbot reads a water meter.Photo Sophie Lester / Warwick Daily News

Council’s water officers will begin water meter readings.

Warwick father lectured on caring for toddler

Eventually, after being asked for the fourth time if he would consent to a probation order, Hayes agreed. The single father was sentenced to 18 months' probation and a conviction was recorded.

Man asks for a nice fine, gets probation.

Local Partners

Wet weekend to end hottest month

The hottest month in Southern Downs history will end with the region being doused in showers.


REVIEW: Under the Gun doco looks at right to bear arms

ARMED: A still from the 2016 documentary film Under the Gun by Stephanie Soechtig.

An in-depth look into America's gun culture.

Collegians to kick off footy season next week

Collegians coaches (from left) Deb Scanlan, Garth Miller, Ben Brownlie, Matt Collins (U9 assistant), David Hallman, Kerry Scanlan, Josh Williams, Bob Bell, Craig Frattini and Scott Morton.

Plenty of experience in Collegians coaching ranks

Messing with your head

MIND BLOWN: What could be weirder than the realisation that we have another completely separate brain and nervous system than the one originating in our heads?

Fascinating connection between your gut and your brain

Former Family Matters stare accused of child abuse

DARIUS McCrary, who played Eddie Winslow on the ’90s sitcom Family Matters, has been accused of holding his infant daughter over a pot of boiling water.

Bindi Irwin's birthday tribute to her dad

Bindi Irwin

Bindi Irwin has paid tribute to her dad on his 55th birthday

Reality TV show gives Maryborough a boost

*WARNING EMBARGOED until 9.15pm Monday January 30* Sean Hollands and Susan Rawlings pictured after their wedding on the TV series Married At First Sight. Supplied by Channel 9.

Maryborough looks good on reality TV show.

Buderim dad rejects gay son's emotional plea for second time

LOVERS: Grant and Chris have been together for more than three years, and Chris' parents refuse to acknowledge their son's fiance.

Son’s emotional plea rejected again by unmoved father

What's on the big screen this week

Ewan McGregor and Jonny Lee Miller in a scene from the movie T2: Trainspotting.

This week's new releases offer plenty of variety for movie buffs.

REVIEW: Under the Gun doco looks at right to bear arms

ARMED: A still from the 2016 documentary film Under the Gun by Stephanie Soechtig.

An in-depth look into America's gun culture.

Hodges proud to be part of first channel dedicated to NRL

Justin Hodges is gearing up for his new gig on Fox League.

Footy star hopes to provide a voice for players on new NRL channel

$140k damage: landlord says property trashed, contaminated

He had what he calls "the tenants from hell"

Submarine, buses and 3000 tyres removed in $100K clean up

The list of things removed from this property is beyond astonishing

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

Expert: Why renters, home buyers may struggle

Matusik Property Insights director Michael Matusik.

What's next for the city's housing market

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!