Panthers get a tip from layton
DON'T play for me, play for each other.
That is the message from Panthers coach Layton Campbell as they prepare for what could be his final game in charge, the Gladstone Rugby League semi-final against Tannum in Gladstone this weekend.
Campbell said the team had let their last match, the challenge cup semi-final against CQU Norths two weeks ago, slip away in the last 20 minutes.
“There's no tomorrow in this weekend' match,” Campbell said.
“We threw the towel in [at the end of the CQU match].
“It was disappointing as over last season we focused on not giving up.
“It crept back in and we lost that attitude and will.
“We have to turn around our mental attitude a lot.
“We need to play as a team and for each other.
“It's a big test for us and to see if I left a legacy,” the departing coach said.
Campbell said he would leave happy if his side played for the full 80 minutes and gave their all.
“I couldn't ask for anything more [from the players].
The Reserves, who finished minor premiers, could claim a grand final berth with a win over Gladstone Brothers while the under-20s tackle Valleys/Wallabys.