League mascots ensure success



? YOU might not have heard the names Alby and Hogan when talk surrounds the ongoing success at Yeppoon rugby league nursery St Brendan's College.

But The Morning Bulletin can reveal the quiet achievers behind the scenes at St Brendan's in recent years ? and they're not the Bulldogs.

Alby, an African Koolie, and Hogan, a Kelpie, have been barking orders at St Brendan's training for the past four years.

The hard-working hounds are St Brendan's open coach Terry Hansen's reliable assistants.

Whether it's a beep test or defensive drills, Alby and Hogan are always champing at the bit to keep the St Brendan's pups in line.

"The kids get cranky with them from time to time ? they give the slow ones a nip on the heels,'' Hansen quipped.

"They join in on the shuttle runs and are always at training.''

Hansen said his trusty companions were a key to his team's premiership success, which starts in Brisbane this weekend. "They're part of the team,'' Hansen said.

St Brendan's open and 15 years teams will contest the annual Clairvaux sevens carnival tomorrow.

The Yeppoon powerhouse won last year's 15 years division and were also the open champions in 2004.

With Broncos star Dave Taylor and Australian 15 years halfback Ben Hunt leading the way in 2006, Hansen said his team was on track for another finals campaign in the Arrive Alive Cup.

St Brendan's were knocked out in last year's Arrive Alive Cup Queensland quarter-finals by Townsville's Ignatius Park, who they play in open and 15 years trial games in Mackay on February 25.

St Brendan's Rockhampton and District Secondary Schools premiership assault begins in May and there is one guarantee ? the dogs will be barking.



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