Yowies undefeated to mark 100 years

The Kilcoy Yowies C-grade side have lit the candles on 100 years of senior rugby league in Kilcoy with an undefeated start to the season. Picture: MELINDA HARRISON - DEERLIGHTFUL PHOTOGRAPHY

The Kilcoy Yowies C-grade team have started 2024 all guns blazing, igniting the season with an undefeated streak across six rounds in a year that marks 100 years of senior rugby league in Kilcoy.

The Kilcoy-based rugby league team have secured four wins, and two draws across six rounds and are coming off the back of being crowned the 2024 Sunshine Coast 9s champions in the SCGRL 9s C-grade final.

Kilcoy Yowies coach Anthony Longbottom said increase competition for spots and a positive mindset had sparked the fiery start to the season.

“We’ve got some new faces, have a squad of 25 to 30 players turning up to training and you can feel the confidence at training as well,” he said. 

“The increase of players has meant more competition for spots.

“The camaraderie and feeling of the team is so positive that when they make mistakes during a game, we pat each other on the back and say, ‘hey, let’s make up for it.’

Longbottom said the side had to adapt to tricky conditions over the past three rounds, with their strong defensive mindset shining through.

“We’ve had to close out a lot of tight games and defence has been key in wet whether football for the last three weeks,” he said.

“We’ve been working on our defence for over 15 weeks and its been paying off for us.”

The Yowies missed a top four finals spot during last years campaign despite concluding their season with a 50-14 flogging of the Beerwah Bulldogs.

Longbottom said the team would need to remain level-headed and focused if they wanted to be competing at the ladder of the competition in 2024.

“The aim last year was to put a team on the field for the community to support, we were just teaching them the basic rules of rugby league and now they’ve taken heat of it and know how to shut out games,” he said.

“We have to keep consistency, we start playing arrogant rugby league that’s when you start losing.”