Start how we want to finish, urges Anlezark
NOOSA-Gympie captain coach Liam Anlezark says his side must play tough for longer periods if they are to beat the competition heavyweights.
Their quest for glory continues tomorrow night when they face third-placed Maroochydore in their round 13 Maroochy RSLCup match.
Noosa-Gympie's fortunes have improved since the two clubs joined forces earlier this year.
Although they have just one win to their name, which came against the Bribie Island Warrigals who have since withdrawn from the competition, they have troubled the top teams at various stages in matches.
They had a 22-all draw with Maroochydore in round eight before going down 26-24 in round 11 to the second-placed Caloundra Sharks.
"We are travelling along OK," Anlezark said.
"Caboolture gave us a bit of a lesson last week (32-10), but we played some pretty dumb footy against them.
"It was a good wake-up call."
The Pirate-Devils have done an amazing job for a team that was thrown together just eight weeks ago.
Anlezark said after a few teething problems, his players were now confident in their respective positions and playing style.
"Obviously it took a little bit of time but the boys are really gelling at the moment," he said.
Noosa-Gympie will come up against a Swans outfit licking their wounds following their 40-22 last-round loss to Kawana.
Maroochydore has lost two in a row on only one occasion this year with successive losses to Caboolture and Kawana in rounds four and five.
"Maroochydore are a quality side and we have a lot of respect for them," Anlezark said.
"We are going in to the game confident but we need to do the right things for 80 minutes. We haven't put a full game together against a team yet but if we can do that (against Maroochydore) then we should be able to get the job done," he said.
Anlezark said that came down to getting off to a good start in the match and maintaining it until the end.
"We are a second-half team at the moment and we need to come out of the gates well," he said.
"There is no magic remedy and we just need to play some good footy and put some pressure on teams in the right part of the field."
GAME DAYMAROOCHYDORE v NOOSA-GYMPIE
Tomorrow, Maroochydore, 6.30pm