Flogged Falcons will get another chance
Aug
17
2014
FALCONS coach Glen Dreger will stay loyal to the side beaten 36-0 at home last night, as he tries to end his rollercoaster 2014 with a fairytale finish.

Dreger said the same players that were blown away by Norths Devils at Sunshine Coast Stadium deserved the opportunity to redeem themselves after helping lift the club in the past two months.

"I want to finish with the guys I've had because we've played some really good footy in the last eight weeks," the coach said.

The side has been through its shares of ups and downs since Dreger stepped into the coaching role after former Broncos mentor Ivan Henjak walked out mid-season.

Dreger guided the Falcons to their only win of the year as well as close losses to competition hot shots Northern Pride, Papua New Guinea and the Mackay Cutters. But it has not always been smooth sailing for the team, which has recorded only seven wins in the 86 games it has played since the start of the 2011 season, and last night's loss showed the side still has plenty to learn before it can become a consistent force.

The Devils entered the game on a nine-game losing streak but rarely looked troubled as they put the Falcons through a clinic in wet conditions.

Steadied by the presence of 11-year NRL veteran Todd Lowrie, Norths completed almost 80% of their sets while the Coast struggled to complete 40%.

"They were red hot," Dreger said.

"I think they would beat any side tonight. In saying that, we made it easy for them.

"We completed at about 40% and they completed at 80%.

"That's the result you get."

Norths Devils coach Mark Gliddon said he used the Coast's newfound competitiveness to inspire his team to break its losing streak.

"They've improved out of sight and sides probably don't give them the respect they deserve," Gliddon said.

"Today the scoreline probably didn't indicate how tough the game actually was and I thought they had a real crack."

The Coast gets its final chance to impress home fans next Saturday against the Tweed Heads Seagulls.

NORTHS 36

(S Foster 2, M Lucas, R Webster, J Wallace, T Lumley, T Lowrie tries; T Murphy 4 goals)

SUNSHINE COAST 0

John Mccutcheon

Sunshine Coast Daily

FULL ARTICLE: http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/flogged-falcons-will-get-another-chance/2354168/

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