The Coolum Colts under-18 side scored a gutsy 42-24 win over Gympie last Saturday at Ronnie Cargill Oval.
The win was even more meritorious, given Coolum started the game with only 12 players and were reduced to 11 after about 15 minutes when front-rower Jessie Church tore an ankle ligament.
The Colts held a commanding 30-6 lead at half-time and went further ahead shortly after the break when Dan Seaton scored the second of his two tries.
Gympie replied with two quick tries as the Colts started to tire but the match was put out of reach when Jack Warrick scored under the posts.
Zeke Forster’s conversion made it seven from seven for the talented second-rower, who will be off to summer training with the Gold Coast Titans during the off-season.
Coach Dale Shearer said the team’s season had been very frustrating because of representative commitments and injuries.
“We had more representative players than any other team but this was only our second win of the season,” Shearer said.
“We have really struggled to get all the players on the field together as rep commitments and injuries have hit us hard.
“It is amazing to think that we are still a shot at the semis but must win all our remaining games – which we can easily do if we can keep all our players fit, as the rep season is now over and all players, barring injuries, will be available.”
Scores: Colts 42 defeated Gympie 24.
Tries: Daniel Seaton 2, Dale Samson 1, Brendan Hartshorn 1, Blake Snow 1, Jack Warrick 1, Jordan Vaughn 1.
Goals: Zeke Forster 7.
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