Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Gladiators Miss Key Players

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Gladiators Miss Key Players

Article excerpt

JUST when Goodna appeared to have their season up and running the wheels fell off temporarily on Saturday.

The Gladiators were coming off their first win of the season over the defending premiers but were hindered by some players not turning up for the trip to Wynnum, who won 24-6.

"We just weren't prepared well enough for it and were out played," coach Les Shine said.

Undefeated after three rounds Wynnum look the team to beat in this year's competition.

"They're definitely the benchmark," Shine said.

"They're where we want to be.

"They were pretty good.

"Well drilled and skilled."

Too well drilled and skilled for a Goodna team forced to call up players who had just played an hour in the second grade match before.

"A whole lot of little things snowballed into a poor performance," Shine said.

"We didn't train that well and three key players pulled out on Thursday night.

"But there are no excuses and they were the better team on the day. …

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