Noosa's looking 'slick' as impressive streak continues
RUGBY UNION: Will anybody step up to the plate and dish it out to Noosa this season?
It's a question not even Dolphins fly-half Kyle Beakey can answer, after his side disposed of Maroochydore 48-12 at Cotton Tree this afternoon.
The 29-year-old stalwart praised his outside backs as they cut and swerved their way through the Swans' defence to record a 23rd consecutive Sunshine Coast A-grade win.
University of the Sunshine Coast offered no resistance last weekend, and Caloundra folded in the second-half a round earlier.
Maroochydore did show signs of improvement, but Beakey can't help but admire the way his side is playing.
"I said to the boys on Thursday, 'let's not worry about the score or which team we're playing, let's just try and get better',” he said.
"We've just go to keep pushing (for better) toward the end of the year.
"We're looking pretty slick but we've played together for a long time.”
On the receiving end was Kyle's father and Noosa club legend, Stu Beakey.
The new Swans coach cut a patient figure behind the dead-ball line, often encouraging his side for passages of improvement.
Kyle said there had been some banter between he and the opposition coach.
"I texted him 'good luck, but not too much luck' and he said the same sort of thing. It's nice,” he said.
"He loves coaching. He wasn't going to take the gig unless I okayed it. It's good for footy, it's good for rugby on the Coast and it's good for Maroochydore.
"We've got a good relationship with most of the (Maroochydore players) so it's nice he's helping the skill level go up.”
Beakey Snr, a man of few words, summed up the feeling in three simple lines after the clash.
"They're a very good footy side,” he said.
"They're very fast ... but we're getting better.”
With 10 rounds remaining until the four-team finals series, we'll just have to wait and see if it's enough.
Asked whether Caloundra presented the greatest danger this season, Kyle said "yes”.
"They're the ones who stuck it to us (last year) and they nearly got there,” he said.
"They'll be the ones who push us each year but Maroochydore is getting better.”
The Lighthouses racked up their fourth win of the season, downing the win-less University of the Sunshine Coast 29-10.
It appears to have been an improved effort by the Barbarians, who felt the full extent of Noosa's rath in a 77-0 thrashing in Round four.
The competition breaks next weekend and resumes on May 13.