THERE has been some good news for Mayne as they warm up for a battle against reigning premiers Noosa at Everton Park on Saturday.
Quality player-coach Luke Faulkner has revealed that he intends staying on with the club, a heartening development before the battle between the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane species of the Tigers.
By Terry Wilson
“I’ve pretty much decided that I’ll stay,” said Faulkner.
“I’ve been in discussions with the club as far as where we’re going for the next couple of years.
“We’re moving in the right direction, it’s just that we need some success on the field.”
As much as Mayne would dearly love to upset Noosa, such a result is highly unlikely, given that Noosa have the minor premiership in their sights.
Another good reason to fire up is the occasion of utility Keane White’s 100th game for the club.
White, who used to wear spectacles on the field in his days at Sandgate, comes back into the side to replace Taylor Murtha.
Likewise, Noosa have only one change, getting back quality centre half-forward Dayne Frew in place of Jack Tickner.
In sobering news for Mayne, Noosa are at full strength away from ruck pair Peter Trompf and Riley Buntain.
“That’s a good situation to be in at this time of the year,” said Troy Duke, who has held his spot in the seniors for the weekend and who says Noosa would not deserve a top place for the finals if they slip up on Saturday.
Duke has mixed views on whether a minor premiership, carrying with it a rest for the first round of finals, is a good thing.
“As a player it’s good and bad,” he said. “You have the week off and miss game hardness. But then it’s good to be able to freshen up if there are any injuries.”