IT’S ON: Player-coaches Aaron Causton (Miriam Vale) and Darren Brennan (Agnes Water) will face off for the mid-season trophy at Gin Gin tomorrow.
IT’S ON: Player-coaches Aaron Causton (Miriam Vale) and Darren Brennan (Agnes Water) will face off for the mid-season trophy at Gin Gin tomorrow. Contributed

Marlins eye first silverware in NDRL showdown at Gin Gin

THE Agnes Water Marlins are playing for their first piece of silverware in the Northern Districts Rugby League showdown with the Miriam Vale Magpies at Gin Gin on Sunday.

The Marlins joined the NDRL competition last year and were knocked out in the semi-final, but in 2013 are challenging the Magpies for top spot and tomorrow play for the mid-season cup in the early game at Gin Gin.

There is a bit of history between the clubs with several former Miriam Vale players breaking away to form the new Agnes Water franchise; including current player-coach Darren Brennan.

"Yeah we want to win our first piece of silverware as a club,'' Brennan said. "We have been talking about it a bit during the week and the boys are pretty fired-up.''

And despite Miriam Vale player-coach Aaron Causton playing down the rivalry and the importance of the game, Brennan said "Miriam Vale will show up".

"It's a local derby and always there's something a bit extra in the games between us - but this one's for our first shot at a trophy," he said.

The Marlins defeated Avondale Tigers last week in a tough encounter to get within two points of Miriam Vale on the ladder, while the Magpies had a slightly easier match-up with South Kolan.

Causton said every team had players absent at some time during the season and that sometimes had a bearing on matches.

"We'll be concentrating on the premiership - that's the one everybody remembers," Causton said.

"The mid-season trophy is a good thing and we'll have a strong side for the match, but really it's the grand final that everyone remembers."

The Magpies were upset in last season's premiership decider by South Kolan after dominating the season and are keen on redemption in 2013.

Gin Gin Hawks play South Kolan Sharks in the late game at Gin Gin tomorrow.

The Hawks are third after bypassing the Tigers last week.

The Sharks languish at the foot of the table, having lost several players from last year's premiership-winning side.