Youthful Nambour Toads set to spring into action
RUGBY UNION: Nambour rugby manager Ross Dale believes the traditional A-grade struggler can be the best team on the Sunshine Coast but says it must discard its Jekyll and Hyde persona first.
The Toads will this Saturday host the pre-season Palmwoods Hotel Festival of Sevens.
It's a chance for the team to show its wares in the lead-up to the Sunshine Coast Rugby Union season.
The club hopes to have a strong year after battling to make an impression in recent campaigns.
There were times the Toads troubled the premiership's best teams but there were also occasions the side seemingly fell apart at the seams.
Dale knows consistency will be the essential ingredient if the Toads are to make an impact in finals.
"We know we have a great team in the making here," he said.
"I think we play the best game of any club out there but consistency is the key."
The Toads look likely to field the youngest team in this year's A-grade competition, with six of its players under 20.
There is plenty of talent there.
"Anyway you look at it, we're a team and a club on the rise and that's exciting," Dale said.
This weekend's action will be the third edition of Nambour's sevens tournament.
There will be 12 teams, from the Sunshine Coast, Darling Downs and Brisbane taking part across four pools, on one field from 11am until 6.20pm at Laidlaw Rd in Woombye.
The tournament winner will receive $1000 and the runner-up $500.
Admission is free.
Dale thanked event supporters and said the club also relished giving back to the region.
"I feel that one of the best parts about the Nambour Toads is the way we see ourselves in our community," he said.
"Twice last season, we presented Wishlist with a cheque from the money raised from our raffles during the season on Sundays at the Palmwoods Hotel. We also raised $800 for breast cancer research from Ladies Day at the club. I think that's giving to your community, not feeding off it."
- At Woombye on Saturday.
- Twelve teams, from the Coast, Brisbane and Darling Downs.
- Action from 10am until 6.20pm.
- Admission is free.