Small steps suit Henjak
IT is the legacy no coach wants, but Ivan Henjak says he does not care if Sunshine Coast equals the record for the longest losing streak in the Queensland Cup's 18-year history.
The Falcons are only three games away from joining the Logan Scorpions on 28 consecutive losses, but Henjak does not believe the club should be worried about entering the record books.
"I don't care if we lose another 10 games and we get that record," he said yesterday.
"Our long-term goal is to improve this footy team and the club and to become a really competitive team in the next few years.
"We understand we're going to go through some short-term pain to get that, but so be it."
The former Brisbane Broncos mentor believes his team's strong showing last week against the Burleigh Bears is a sign that things are trending in the right direction.
The scores were locked at 6-6 late in the game before a Falcons' meltdown in the final quarter allowed the Bears to secure a 30-6 win.
Henjak's charges were rewarded yesterday when the coach named an unchanged squad to take on Wynnum Manly in Brisbane on Saturday.
"Last week was a huge improvement for us," he said. "I know the scoreboard still looked ugly, but at the 60th minute mark it was still six-all and we were right in that game.
"That's something we just haven't done all year and it was a big step forward for us."
Finding a win against a Seagulls team that is sitting third on the ladder and brimming with talent will be a tough ask.
The Falcons' best chance of avoiding the Scorpions' streak may come in the following two matches when they host the suddenly struggling Papua New Guinea Hunters and second-from-the-bottom Central Queensland Capras.
After starting the season with three consecutive wins PNG has mustered only a draw and two losses in the past three rounds.
Central Queensland has won only one game.
But Henjak does not believe his men are ready to think about breaking their losing streak.
"We're not at the stage where we can earn a win yet," he said.
"The trick for us is to replicate our effort last week again this week and go a little bit better.
"It's just weekly improvements for us.
"Whether they are small steps or big ones, it just doesn't matter. As long as we are moving forward it's good for us."
Sunshine Coast team for round seven: 1. Kyle Van Klaveren 2. Joe Meninga 3. Rowan Klein 4. Callum Klein 5. Rueben Baillie 6. Brett Doherty 7. Jay Lobwein 8. Mboya Adams 9. Brenton Stonier 10. Ryan Hansen (c) 11. Jaz Nahu-Main 12. Jacob Samoa 13. Luke Blumke 14. Beau Walker 15. Matt Gilliman 16. Mitch Ebdon 17. Stephen Tunnicliffe 19. Thomas Clarke.