Kingfishers’ test

TESTED: The Beaudesert Kingfishers reserve grade side pose for a photo with members of the Beenleigh Pride senior side after their trial match at Willis Park last Saturday night.
TESTED: The Beaudesert Kingfishers reserve grade side pose for a photo with members of the Beenleigh Pride senior side after their trial match at Willis Park last Saturday night.

The Beaudesert Kingfishers senior sides have begun their quest for premiership glory in 2017, with two strong hitouts against Beenleigh Pride on the weekend.

The reserve grade side, last year’s grand finallists, went down to the Pride 30-6 while the second grade side lost 30-18.

Club President Matt Haack said the squad would take a lot positives out of the matches.

“While both teams went down, it was a really good hitout for both of our sides,” he said.

Haack said the trial afforded the opportunity for most of the squad to get some valuable game time under their belt ahead of the season proper.

“We rotated our squad through both games to try some new combinations and get a look at some new faces at the club,” he said.

“In the second grade match we had our usual side out in the first half and then rotated our under-19 players through the second half.

“And similarly in the main game it was great to see some of our up and coming players get a run at different stages of the match.”

Haack said the level of support shown by the community at this early stage of the season was unexpected.

“We had a brilliant crowd here on Saturday night, they were five deep at the bar we weren’t really ready for it,” he said.

“We thought we had over catered but we needed to duck out mid game to stock up on supplies, the level of community support we received was amazing.”

The senior squad will now turn their attention to a nine-a-side competition being held this weekend at Runaway Bay.

All senior sides in the Gold Coast competition are required to send a team to the tournament, which is modelled on the popular Auckland Nines pre-season event.

The Kingfishers team will face Robina, Helensvale, Tugun White and Currumbin Red all within eight hours on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Beaudesert junior rugby league season will kick off weekend with a trial match against Warwick at Willis Park this weekend.

A full program has been scheduled for play, with sides from under-six through to under-16 all having their first hitout of the season.