Seagulls set to hit battle field winners



THE Yeppoon Seagulls' new A grade rugby league coach, Tony Frisby, is taking over the helm with some top-level off-season advice.

While visiting his family on the Sunshine Coast over the festive season break, Frisby tapped into the knowledge of the likes of Wayne Bennett, Allan Langer and John Monie.

"Hopefully I got some good advice,'' Frisby said.

Frisby arrived in the Yeppoon camp in 1999 where he played Reserve Grade and also coached the club's under-19 team for two seasons.

He also hopes his off-season player recruitment will pay off. Among some familiar faces returning to the club this year are Craig Lanson, who will fill a player/assistant coach role, Ryllee Janes, Brice Walker and Dean Brooks.

Josh Comiskey is also making a return from Ipswich.

Among the Comets players on Yeppoon's books are Darren Rodgers, Peter Penaia and Kurt Cawdron while Jim McConachie is on the comeback trail from a knee injury.

Yeppoon's Reserve Grade coach this season is Brett "Herbie'' Martin, while Greg O'Reilly has the under-19 team.

The club started off-season training in the first week of November, with some fitness work, and on-field training starts at St Brendan's College at 6pm on Monday.

Rockhampton district clubs will be involved in a pre-season games against each other starting in early February.

Brothers, CQU Norths Chargers and Fitzroy-Gracemere clubs have all resumed training for 2006.



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