The Beaudesert Kingfishers have sent a message to the rest of the Gold Coast District Rugby League reserve grade competition by defeating last year’s premiers in their first match of the season.
In a rematch of last year’s grand final, which the Kingfishers lost by a solitary point in golden point extra time, Beaudesert came out on top 24-22 in a tough, tight affair.
Beaudesert head coach Keith Gee said he was extremely pleased with the way his side dug in and ground out the win.
“It was apparent they were a lot fitter than us, which was to be expected with the way we structured our pre-season,” he said.
“So to come away with the win is a big tick for our guys and their teamwork on the field.”
The Kingfishers began the preparations for this year much later than usual and months after other sides in the competition.
It is hoped that will lead to a late season charge toward a premiership win.
Gee said the gamble on the late start is already paying dividends with this unexpected victory.
“The performance really was a testament to the guys’ desire to defend for each other,” he said.
“There’s still a long way to go in the season and lots of work to do but you’re never going to say no to a round one win.”
The club’s second reserve grade side suffered a loss against a high quality Mudgereeba outfit that is hotly tipped to win that competition this year.
Gee said the side played their hearts out against a very good side.
“I have a lot of confidence that those guys will bounce back as we move further into the regular season,” he said.
“Under the leadership of coach Germaine Paulson I’m sure those guys will improve as their season progresses and training becomes more regular.”
Meanwhile the under-19 side went down in another tight game against Burleigh.
Gee said the young side led for the majority of the game but just ran out of steam in the dying moments.
“To play the way they did showed a lot of promise, especially when there is so much improvement left in those boys.
“They were two minutes away from beating last year’s under 17 champions.”