Big names help launch new Capras
THE Central Queensland Capras kicked off their 2012 season to a sell-out crowd last night.
More than 300 people, including special guests Broncos coach Anthony Griffin, Broncos chief executive officer Paul White and QRL chief executive officer John McDonald, gathered at the Rockhampton Leagues Club for a dinner to launch the CQ team under its renewed name.
Chairman of the club, Steve McCosker, said the crowd proved that the club had passed its first public test.
"It shows the community has an appetite for the story we're telling," he said.
"The club has survived and will survive."
The evening kicked off with a slide show displaying the long history of the club and welcoming this new chapter.
Capras halfback Jonathan Tavinor, who played for the team last year under the Comets name, said he was looking forward to the fresh start.
"It will be good to play under the Capras brand," he said.
"We learnt a bit about the history of the name last year but we'll get to know it a lot better this year."
Tavinor said he was expecting a good season.
"As with any team there's a lot of work to do, but we've got a good bunch of boys this year," he said.
Three quarters of this year's team were born and bred in Central Queensland. The team will play 14 fixtures in Gladstone, one in Blackwater and is having 16 games at home base.
Capras coach, John Harbin said carpe diem was the team's mantra for this year.
"We respect the past, but this is our day."