Northern Pride players set to break record
THEY are already known as the 2010 Queensland Cup premiers and now the Northern Pride are on the verge of adding record-breakers to their list of aliases.
he Burleigh Bears at Pizzey Park yesterday was the club’s 16th in a row and equals the Queensland Cup record jointly held by the Bears and North Queensland Young Guns.
The Pride have the chance to make history in front of their home fans on Saturday night when they host the Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles at Barlow Park.
Pride coach David Maiden admitted his players were aware of the statistic before yesterday’s match but said they had a bigger incentive for wanting to win.
"The boys mainly wanted to win for Ben Laity, who was playing his 150th (Queensland Cup) game," he said.
"He’s played in some tough positions in his career but Benny puts his hand up week-in, week-out and often plays through the pain barrier.
"That was the main concern for the boys."
The Pride underwent some late positional changes yesterday after starting five-eighth Clint Amos suffered a bout of food poisoning on Friday night.
Amos started on the bench, with centre Ty Williams inheriting the No. 6 jersey. The 11th hour upheaval meant the Pride’s attack was never going to be cohesive but the
team’s defensive resolve remained unaffected.
For the fourth consecutive week, the Pride did not concede a first-half try and went into the break 12-0 in front.
The Pride stretched their lead to 18-0 before the Bears opened their account but it was as close as the home side got.
A proud coach after the game, Maiden was full of praise for his players’ attitude and work ethic in defence.
"The boys are really working hard individually and as a team, which is why our defence has been so outstanding," he said.
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Young gun: Innisfail product Ryan Ghietti, 21, in action for the Pride against Burleigh Bears yesterday.