Capras on fire with winning treble on Saturday
RUGBY LEAGUE: When the siren rang out over Browne Park to signal fulltime on Saturday night, CQ Capras coach Jason Hetherington couldn't wipe the smile off his face.
It was the best possible start to the 2013 season that the Central Queensland Capras could have asked for and with a clean sweep in all divisions, the Capras certainly left their mark on rivals Mackay.
In a winning treble at Browne Park, the under-16 Capras kicked off the night with a 14-4 victory over the Mackay Cutters squad in the Cyril Connell Cup before the Capras' under-18 side defeated the Cutters 34-28 in the Mal Meninga Cup.
But it was the much-anticipated Intrust Super Cup trial match that left fans cheering with the Capras triumphing 30-16.
Capras utility Gavin Hiscox said he could certainly feel the fitness amongst his teammates on the field and would take confidence from the win.
"It was pretty tough; our fitness was really good; I felt pretty fit out there so I was happy with that," Hiscox said.
"You get a fair bit out of it (winning the game). I think a lot of the younger fellas will get a lot out of it, but we have another tough task next week with the Broncos and they'll be a lot more drilled and probably a lot fitter, so we're just going to keep working on our game plan."
Hetherington praised Hiscox for his performance and said he couldn't have been prouder of the entire squad.
"I was very proud of the boys. Obviously being a trial and with the changes and a little bit of lack of cohesion there a few times, I was that proud of their commitment and their attitude towards the game. Probably the most pleasing thing for me, besides their commitment, was the score at the end," Hetherington said.
"Gavin's had a bit of a disrupted week with shin problems, but his effort tonight was outstanding."
Hetherington acknowledged that it was going to be tough reducing the 26- player squad down to size, but isn't ruling out anyone just yet.
"We'll keep playing the trials but all of the guys tonight, I wish I could pick 26 players but unfortunately I can't," he said.
"It was great that Mackay brought down a big squad, it gave me the opportunity to give a lot of the young kids a run and I wanted to give them a taste and give them the experience of what they'll be up against this year and I'm guessing at some point I'll be calling on most of those guys through the year due to injury.
"For the progress and the development of these kids, I think it was very important that they got a taste to play against the Intrust side and I think they'll benefit from it. I know they will, and it was their first taste of it for a lot of them, certainly the young guys, gee whiz they really put their hand up, so I was very proud of them."
Mackay Cutters coach Kim Williams said he thought the amount of dropped balls in the game contributed to the final outcome and now has an insight into what the squad will have to work on before the start of the season.
"I was disappointed from that aspect (dropped balls), but there's some positive signs there and that's what trials are for. You have to see what works and what doesn't," Williams said.
"The boys were pretty excited and probably wanted to do a little bit too much and try a little bit too hard. Overall we just have to be accountable for it and there's some mistakes we've got to fix and get that out of our game."
In more good news for CQ, the under-21s Villa Capri Capras took out the Bluff Multicultural Carnival on Saturday, defeating Duaringa Bulldogs 52-4 in the grand final.
Intrust Super Cup Trial
CQ Capras 30 (Jackson McEwan, Russell Webber, Brent Williams, Blake Wallace, Marc Webb, Dan Bertucci tries, Blake Wallace 3 goals) defeated Mackay Cutters 16 (Joel Clinton, Sam Hoare, Fou Tagiilima tries, Jordan Grayson 2 goals)
Villa Capri CQ Capras U/21s
Bluff Multicultural Carnival
Rd-1: Woorabinda 20 defeated Villa Capri CQ Capras U/21s 14
Plate Semi-final: Villa Capri CQ Capras U/21s 48 defeated Emerald Cowboys 6
Plate Grand-final: Villa Capri CQ Capras U/21s 52 defeated Duaringa Bulldogs 4
Mal Meninga Cup U/18s Trial
Stanwell CQ Capras 34 (Cody Grills 2, Sheldon Bobbert, Riley Norris, Mark Johnstone, Adam Kelly tries, Cooper Bambling 4, Mark Johnstone goals) defeated Mackay Cutters 28 (Blake Bradford 2, Jake Eden, Jarrod Morris, Jack Coates tries, Baker 4 goals)
Cyril Connell Cup U/16s Trial
Stanwell CQ Capras 14 (Alex Mather, Jack Collins, Brandon Barnes tries, Jack Breadsell goal) defeated Mackay Cutters 4 (David Oosthausen try)