Hervey Bay’s Trent De Vere gets caught in a ball and all tackle while playing for Wide Bay against Rockhampton in the Queensland Country Championships.
Hervey Bay’s Trent De Vere gets caught in a ball and all tackle while playing for Wide Bay against Rockhampton in the Queensland Country Championships. Karleila Thomsen

Wide Bay down and out

MARK Cassidy coached the Wide Bay representative rugby union team to winning the Queensland Country Championships last year.

The Hervey Bay physio and his players won't be getting their hands on the silverware this year - they might get the wooden spoon though.

The Wide Bay Whales crashed out of contention for winning consecutive premierships after losing 45-29 against Rockhampton in the heat and mud of Hervey Bay on Saturday.

It was Wide Bay's second consecutive loss in the three-game series after they started their campaign with a 28-6 loss against the Central Highlands.

Rockhampton started the game strongly and led 19-0 after 25 minutes leaving Wide Bay trying to play catch-up, something they couldn't do against a team, as Cassidy described, as a "well oiled machine".

"Rocky got a jump on us and we paid the price for it," Cassidy, a former coach of the Fraser Coast Mariners, who came out of retirement to coach Wide Bay last year, said.

"They are a quality team and you cannot give them a 19-point lead.

"That's not to say that my players didn't try their hardest - they did.

"Unfortunately it was one of those games where everything we tried didn't work."

The Fraser Coast Mariners trio of Cameron Mead (2), Scott Carter-Lowe and Trent De Vere scored tries as did Bundy's Bruce Dalton.

Wide Bay will tackle Western Highlands in their third and final game in Rockhampton.

Cassidy said it wouldn't be a dead rubber - far from it.

"We may be out of contention now but you can take it from me that we are determined not to finish last," he said.

"The players will also be out to impress Central Queensland selectors in a bid to earn representative honours.

"There is also the question of pride - we want to finish well."



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