COULD BE KEY: Noosa's Sam Burns was man of the match in last year's decider and could be the main man again for the Pirates, if he's not needed by the Falcons.
COULD BE KEY: Noosa's Sam Burns was man of the match in last year's decider and could be the main man again for the Pirates, if he's not needed by the Falcons. Warren Lynam

Different look to reigning premiers Noosa for title defence

RUGBY LEAGUE: After a stunning return to division one last year, Noosa will attempt a title defence with a markedly different roster, according to coach Ron Greensill.

The Pirates stormed their way to the premiership in 2017, after a tough few years including 2016, when the side folded because it wasn't competitive enough.

They only just edged their way into the four-team finals but then went on with the job.

"It was a pretty exciting end to the season and it was a roller-coaster ride," Greensill said.

"But it's going to be different being defending premiers, with a different side, so it's another feeling all together (this season).

"There's quite a few players who have retired or moved away so we haven't got them. It's another rebuilding phase."

He said the Pirates would also be less reliant on the region's state league club, the Falcons, which propped them up with a few players last year.

Greensill said they were still working on their player numbers.

They will clash with Nambour to open the season.

Round one games: Beerwah v Caboolture (Sat, 6.30pm), Caloundra v Gympie (Sat, 5.30pm), Maroochydore v Kawana (Sat, 6pm), Nambour v Noosa (Sun, 3.30pm).


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