SUPPORT PLAY: A Kawana player looks for an offload in the match against Gympie on Saturday night. Kawana won 68-0.
SUPPORT PLAY: A Kawana player looks for an offload in the match against Gympie on Saturday night. Kawana won 68-0. Patrick Woods

Brough calls on help for embattled Gympie

SUNSHINE Coast super coach Rob Brough has rallied behind the struggling Gympie team after his Kawana side spanked their understrength opponents 68-0 on Saturday night.

The Caloundra RSL sixth round match at Stockland Park was called off at the 55 minute mark when the Devils were reduced to just nine players after several injuries.

Gympie went into the game having 15 of their top side unavailable through injury and work commitments, but to their credit, managed to get 17 players suited up.

"We would encourage everyone who has laced a boot on for Gympie in recent times to think ser

iously about playing for their club this season and trying to help them get back on track," Brough said.

"Gympie is a strong rugby league community and we need that city to have a strong football club."

But despite the cakewalk, Brough paid tribute to his side's determination to stick to the game plan after leading Gympie 50-0 at half time.

Not surprisingly it was all Kawana with the Dolphins taking their unbeaten run for the season to six games in their 68-0 victory.

The Dolphins had been in blistering form of late and have averaged almost 60 points per game, by far the best in the league.

They have let in just 70 points this year as evidence that their defence is just as strong as their attack.

Brough said he was pleased with his team's willingness to adhere to the structures that continue to serve them so well.

"We didn't get carried away with going away from our own game plan and structure by not letting outside influences affect our game," he said.

"We didn't think we could start playing ad lib football and that showed a lot of maturity and leadership within the group."

The win was made sweeter for two Dolphins veterans with Jordan Morgenson celebrating his 100th senior game while inspirational hooker Paul Cohen equalled Stewart Watts' club record of 149 games.

"Jordan is very well respected in the Kawana football community and he has never played for any other club as a junior or a senior," Brough said.

The master coach was even more glowing in his appraisal of club legend Paul Cohen who he described as one of the finest young men he knew.

"He's got a young family and cares about the club, the people he plays with and the game of rugby league," he said.

"I can remember in the early days when I started coaching him, he and I would walk Oceanic Dr talking footy because I had a different structure to what he was used to.

"We have a very close relationship and I couldn't have any more admiration for him on or off the field."


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