Koalas enjoy a boost in trial

YOU win some, you lose some - that's the way Tweed-based league club might look at last weekend's round of trial matches.

For the Tweed, the weekend round of trials provided an interesting contrast, with teams in the Gold Coast Rugby League competition playing against teams which will be contesting the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League comp.

While all good coaches will say the games are only trials and provide opportunities to see players put through their paces prior to the start of the regular season, for some clubs the games can boost morale and confidence.

For South Tweed Koalas coach Mick Gray, their trial against Runaway Bay was exactly that - a lift for the club which has been at the centre of rumours and speculation since its move to the Gold Coast late last year.

“We played the Bay in a composite grade - a mix of reserve and A-grade players and it was a very pleasing result to come away on top,” Gray said.

“The level of enthusiasm and the persistence of the players we have already was incredible - we just need a few more.”

Gray said the club had gone through a turbulent time but was now settling down and looking forward to the season ahead.

“We are a bit light-on in numbers for our A-grade and still have contracts on offer for anyone wishing to play,” Gray said.

“Hopefully we can attract players to the club and with some talented juniors in our ranks and we want to be able to offer them a path to senior grades so we are every keen to ensure we have all three grades available when the Gold Coast competition kicks off in two weeks time.”

Anyone wishing to play for South Tweed is invited to attend training at the Dave Burns Field, South Tweed on Tuesday or Thursday night from 7pm (DST).

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