By Holly Slattery
WET weather could not dampen the Bull Sharks’ lightning start to the 2022 season with a 116-29 win over the Tweed Coast Tigers on Saturday.
The men started strong with a 29-point lead after the first quarter in sloppy conditions and carried momentum as the sun came out momentarily in the second half.
Head coach John Chenhall was happy with the team’s performance.
“Obviously the conditions got heavy and a bit sloppy but I was really impressed with our first half,” he said.
“We had a plan going in with our three talls and three smalls, and that worked really well.
“We’re still trialling new things in the team so to get a win with a few different things going on was really good.”
Bond halfback and captain for a second year Wyatt Bacon was also happy with the team’s improvement from last week.
“I feel really good about today,” Bacon said.
“Last week was a bit of a grind so this week it was good to see the boys bounce back a little bit.
“We had the fumbles last time so we were a bit cleaner this time around and to do that in the wet was really cool.
“The conditions really show who the fitter team is because it gets really heavy underfoot, so the fitter team will generally run out better.
“We’re a running team so we had to change things up at the start of the game because it’s that little bit harder to run the footy in the wet.”
The 28-year-old is looking forward to leading the young Bond team as the season progresses.
“We’ve got a heap of new guys this year so getting the win helps us gel together and build confidence as a team,” he said.
“We have a young group so it’s nice to be able to direct and support those young guys through their development.
“We’re really lucky because they listen and learn from our older crew, and they’ll be better for it.
“It’s a really nice, cohesive group.”
All four grades remain undefeated to start the season.
Senior Women; 6.5.41 def Coorparoo 2.0.12
Reserves Women: 3.7.25 def Coorparoo 2.6.18
Men’s Seniors: 17.14.116 def Tweed Coast Tigers 4.5.29
Men’s Reserves: 13.11.89 def Tweed Coast Tigers 0.1.1