Capras memories come flooding back
IF yesterday's meeting of former Capras players was an example, there will be plenty of stories told and memories recounted at the launch of the new brand on February 3.
The former Capras stars will form a large part of the celebration launch of the new brand, which will take the club into the 2012 Intrust Super Cup season.
Each of the former players is delighted to see the re-establishment of the Capras name and along with it the traditions that made players wear the jersey with pride.
Current coach John Harbin played a big part in the Capras during the club's successful years and is at the helm again as he attempts to guide the club in a new direction, where the focus is heavily placed on developing and using the local talent available.
With the group of old timers were Gavin Duffy (see opposite page) and Tim Glasby, who are fast learning what the Capras tradition meant to so many people.
Tin Glasby, a stand-out in last year's Comets, sees reverting to the Capras as a positive move.
"It is not a step backwards," he said. "It will be picking up where they left off 10, 11 years ago."
The young footballer can see that the Capras shirt was worn with a lot of pride.
"It is always an honour to play in the top team," he said.
Not only past players are happy to see the Capras back in business.
"I have not heard a negative comment," Glasby said. "It is not just a name, it is a link back to the community, more than the Comets ever achieved."
Glasby is confident supporters will start rolling through the gates at Browne Park once again, because he believes the present squad will play with a passion the public will appreciate.
Phil "Bluey" Sear
At more than 80 years of age Bluey Sear is one of the elder statesmen among the former Capras and is a local legend.
"I represented Central Queensland from 1951 to 1962," he said. "We won pretty much all our games, especially in the mid-50s."
The former second-rower still loves his football, especially Norths, the team he represented and coached.
Sear played with and against a number of the big names on the Central Queensland scene, including Cyril Connell, Matt McCoy and Robbie Banks.
"I won seven premierships with clubs," he said.
"Rugby league used to be very strong in those days. Everyone used to come to Browne Park."
For current Capras board member Greg Reynolds, rugby league is a passion he has retained throughout the years and across four generations.
As a player he lined up with the Capras and was a part of the Capras team of 1989 to make the State League grand final.
"We were the first country team to make the final," he recalled.
In pre-Broncos days the Capras lined up against some of the best players around, including the King, Wally Lewis.
Following his impressive playing days, Reynolds enhanced his sporting reputation by becoming a successful coach, even taking a Queensland Country touring team through eight matches in Papua New Guinea and France undefeated.
Reynolds feels the Capras have the right ingredients to succeed.
"I think we will go well, thanks to Steve's (McCosker) drive," he said. "What we need is to get the whole town to support him, the Capras and John Harbin.
"We have also got the right man in John to make the Capras a force to reckon with."
For Robert Lorraway, the greatest memory of his days with the Capras was the number of great players he had the opportunity to play against.
He too believes the key to the Capras' success was, and will be again, pride in the club.
"You want to be proud of who you represent," he said. "You were selected as the best player for that position and played accordingly."
Now he enjoys his memories and the friendships he made during his playing days.
"It is good to be a part of the Central Queensland (football) family," he said.
A Capras member from 1984-89, Richard Duff is another who is delighted to be a part of the club's proud tradition.
"Everone wanted your position," he said. "It was great and I hope they can bring it back to that."
Like the other former Capras, Duff never really left the sport. He took up coaching and still has a heavy involvement.
However, for Duff his association with the Capras is all about people.
"I made lifetime friends through the Capras," he said.
The Crow family has a long association with rugby league in CQ that goes back to the early 1900s and Rob Crow remembers, as a child, crowds flocking to Browne Park to support the Capras.
He also remembers Wynnum Manly coming to Rockhampton with a team coached by Wally Lewis and containing 10 internationals.
"The water was coming over our boots that night," he recalled.
Crow is now keen to get contact details of as many former Capras as possible.
Former Capras should contact Rob Crow on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone him on 0448 812 828 or phone Greg Reynolds on 0467 772 083.