All Stars ready for big challenge
FOR Justin Loomans, the word of the annual fixture for the Central Queensland Indigenous All Stars is proven.
"This game is to try and create players for the future," he said.
Loomans said Capras fringe players, in particular, had everything to play for.
"If you look through the Capras squad there are three players who played for the Indigenous team against the Comets last year," he said.
A\part from wanting to knock over the top team of the area players know there is still a chance to win a contract with the Capras.
The CQ Indigenous All Stars squad is full of exciting and talented players and has pace all over the park.
"I think this team will go a long way in giving the Capras a good run," Loomans said.
If the match comes down to strength in the forwards then the Capras must be favoured to win.
Loomans said the Capras had the larger forwards with players like George Jarrett difficult to stop when he gets on the rampage.
However, the All Stars have some clever footballers with players such as former Comets playmaker Nat Bowman capable of directing the game to ensure the big men are doing more running then they might want to do.
On Wednesday night the All Stars named two captains for tomorrow night's match at Browne Park with the highly respected James Waterton sharing the duties with Caleb Littleboy.
While players from the Rockhampton area will be well known to spectators, Loomans said two Woorabinda players Steve Williams and Gary Prior were entertaining additions to the team.
The pair is set to line up on the wings for the All Stars and Loomans said they were both very quick.
Not that they are the only ones with pace as another likely player to cause problems for the Capras defence is Ashley Kris, scorer of three tries in the final of the region's recent Indigenous carnival.
"He has got talent to burn," Loomans said.
He said the mix was good with plenty of talented footballers in the All Stars line-up.
"They will bring attacking flare to the game," he said.
Loomans said the squad trained on Wednesday with 15 players turning out and they train again tonight at CQUniversity at 6 o'clock.
Tomorrow's game at Browne Park against the Capras has a 7pm kick off.