Goats show early form
Gladstone Rugby Union Football Club has found immediate success with their move to Marley Brown Oval.
Saturday night was their first game at their new venue in a trial match which was a chance to take on last season's Grand Final opponents Frenchville.
Both teams used the opportunity to blood a few new players as well as a mix of their reserve and A grade sides.
The opening 10 minutes of the first quarter was an arm wrestle for territory with neither sides defence willing to crack. The Grufs were first to break the deadlock with tries in the 15th and 18th minute to go to first break with a 12 - 0 lead. The home side opened the scoresheet early with another try 3 minutes into the second quarter to jump ahead 17-0. Frenchville wasn't going to lay down though and replied, to cross over the line in the 36th and 51st minute to trail the locals by 3 points. The Goats were determined to repeat their Grand Final success from last season and with 3 tries in succession in the 56th,63rd and 64th minutes. Frenchville quickly responded with a try in 66th minute. That's where the scoring ended, with the defence of both teams grinding out the game for the Gladstone side to prevail 36 - 19. Coaching staff from both sides were happy with their players efforts and were extremely excited about playing more games at Marley Brown. The crowd were especially pleased with the facilities and grandstand that the ground provides. Giving them a fantastic view of the game, which provided fantastic action from local players like David West and Miciah Chapman who picked up 2 tries apiece. West was particularly damaging from fullback with his line breaks.