Unsettled Koalas to stand united
SOUTH Tweed Koalas are approaching tomorrow’s match against Runaway Bay Seagulls at Bycroft Oval with confidence.
The round nine match of Gold Coast Rugby League Bycroft Cup competition will be sprinkled with surprises with changes to the Koalas line-up.
Coach Dean Allen said he had lost players Henry Dunn, Tuifio Vea and Ben Condon but had some good replacements.
“Henry and Tuifio moved back home to New Zealand because they were homesick and we want our players to be happy so it is in their best interests to do what is right for them,” he said.
“We have lost our fullback Ben as he is injured and it is indefinite as to when he will return.
“I am confident we can overcome the loss of the three boys and I have moved a few players around, with Rhys Sandy assuming the hooker role this week.”
The Koalas experienced moments of glory last weekend when they defeated Currumbin 34-30 with the trio of Joel Hart, Douglas Slockee and Corey Beadling all scoring one try a-piece and Cody Walker kicked four goals.
Allen said his players scored some of the best tries of the year last weekend and it had really built up the side’s self-belief.
“It was great to have a win at home and it says that we are going alright,” he said.
“We have got a four-point gap on the table and we hope to stabilise in the top five.
“When you look at the ladder, it doesn’t really suggest the top team performance we had though.”
Playing Runaway Bay will be a different style of game to Currumbin but it will have a similar intensity, thought Allen. “They are a young, fast side and they have some very good combinations across the park,” he said.
“Their hooker and captain are excellent players but they also have a really good halfback and five-eighth combination.”
The Koalas have not only had achievements on-field but also off-field with some amazingly loyal fans.
Allen said no matter where they play, their dedicated supporters will travel to watch them.
“We have the old boys that come out to see us but there are others as well,” he said.
“When we played Hinterland Storm at Nerang, the supporters were there and it gives the players a real lift, it’s fantastic.”
Kick off is 3pm.
In other matches, Burleigh Heads host Currumbin Eagles, Tugun Seahawks play Ormeau, Hinterland Storm clash with Southport Tigers, Parkwood face Beaudesert and Bilambil Jets have a bye.