The Capricorn Coast Crocs
The Capricorn Coast Crocs

Cap Coast changes amid hopes

THE Cap Coast Rugby Union Club is gearing up for a big season after a successful 2011 campaign in which the club fell agonisingly short of a grand final berth.

The off-season has seen several changes in the club, including a new club president, coach Neil Halliday again joining the playing roster and the Capricorn Tavern coming on as a major sponsor.

The decision of Neil "Kiwi" Halliday to again don the boots is a boost as he has a wealth of rugby experience, playing at a high level in both New Zealand and Australia and was an integral part of the Crocs' last premiership in 2004.

Another member of that side, club stalwart Brett Shackleton has stepped into the president role and is excited about the team's prospects this year.

"The Capricorn Tavern coming on board as a major sponsor was a big boost for the club and we have managed to retain most of the playing group which only lost to two sides last year,'' he said

Shackleton's first priority is to get a full time coach for the club, after Halliday's decision to return to the playing field. Halliday is serving as a caretaker coach with pre-season training starting this week.

The club is taking a different approach to pre-season training this year, scrapping the traditional road runs to incorporate a range of activities including gym work, beach-based activities and sessions at Cooee Bay Aquatic Centre.

Local mixed martial arts trainer Nathan O'Connor will also work with the players to develop core strength and conditioning.

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