Flu smashes the Roos before ‘brutal game’ with Noosa
MAROOCHYDORE Roos coach Brett Maloney will not know the ramifications of a "crippling flu" sweeping the club until his players take to the field today.
Those struck down include star player and captain Jack Gale.
Even Maloney wasn't spared from the illness - he spoke to the Daily while curled up on his couch.
"We have just been smashed by the flu this week and it has crippled the football club, myself included," he said.
"I can't tell you until tomorrow, but there is concern over the side effects because there has been a few that haven't been able to train and they are lethargic.
"It has gone through our committee, our footy manager, as well as our tough-as-teak captain Jack Gale, who has been in bed all week.
"If he's out, then you know it's bad."
His troops will have to muster something when they take to the field against second-placed Noosa today in the penultimate round of the season.
Maloney said the sickness excuse would count for nothing once the hooter sounded.
"Once you make yourself available to play then you have to do what is required," he said.
"Footy is a brutal game and takes a lot out of you and tomorrow's game will be no different."
Torrential rain is scheduled for much of today - a far from ideal situation for anyone battling the effects of the flu.
"They are going to be really difficult conditions from what we have been told," Maloney said.
"I told the boys if they don't like playing in the rain, then they have 36 hours to make sure that they do."
A recent drop in form has added to the Roos' woes.
They have dropped two of their past three matches, including a 21.13 (139) to 10.9 (69) last-start loss to Kedron, and sit in fourth place.
They have also lost both their games against the Tigers this year.
"They have had the wood on us so it is up to us to do something about it," Maloney said. "We certainly spoke about that at training last night - and that has not only been this year. It goes back a while.
"Draw a line in the sand or call it what you want, but we need to make sure the effort there tomorrow is befitting the game."
In other games, Caloundra plays cellar dweller Caboolture, and Nambour and Hinterland takes on Aspley.
LADDER: Mayne 68, Noosa 56, Kedron 48, Maroochydore 40, Caloundra 32, Nambour and Hinterland 16, Aspley 12, Caboolture O.
Today, Maroochydore, 2pm