Coach keen to see if pre-season hard work pays off on field
RUGBY LEAGUE: Jason Hetherington is confident his Central Queensland Capras will be up to scratch when they take on the Mackay Cutters squad this weekend in the first trial match of the season.
After months of hard work in the gym and on the training paddock, 25 players from a 40-strong Capras' squad will be put through their paces on Saturday night to determine who will make the final cut.
The Mackay Cutters have named their Intrust Super Cup squad for the trial at Browne Park and it is stacked with NRL talent but Capras' coach Hetherington remained unconcerned.
Hetherington said the trial would be a good chance for him to see his players under the pressure of match conditions.
"The boys in the squad have been training hard to get their fitness levels up to the required standard to play Intrust Super Cup footy. They are chomping at the bit to get out there and have a crack in this upcoming trial," he said.
CQ rugby league supporters can expect a huge day of league action with the Capras' under-16 and under-18 teams also taking to the field on Saturday.
CQ's U16s will take on Mackay in the first round of the Cyril Connell Cup while the U18s will go head-to-head with the Cutters in the Mal Meninga Cup as curtain-raisers ahead of the A-grade clash.
The Cyril Connell and Mal Meninga cups will have a total of 30 teams in action this weekend across the two age groups.
The competitions will be played over seven rounds with teams in each series divided into a Southern Conference (Pool A) and Northern Conference (Pool B).
Each pool's top two teams will then meet in the semi-finals on April 20 before playing the New South Wales winners in the national final at Sydney.
Capras' CEO Denis Keeffe was excited about the trial game this weekend as well as next week's clash with the Brisbane Broncos U20 squad.
In conjunction with the trial game, Keeffe reiterated the Capras' commitment to the CQ community and he unveiled a new community partnership with Rotary Sunrise.
The Rotary Sunrise club, in union with Camp Quality, will run a barbecue stall selling food to the patrons at Capras games with all proceeds to be donated to a charitable organisation or cause of Rotary Sunrise's choice.
Keeffe said the partnership made sense and was a part of a bigger community engagement program the Capras would roll out over the season.
TIMES AND TICKETS
Grandstand - $10 (Limited no. available)
Adult Outer - $10
Child/Concessions - $5
Browne Park, Rockhampton
Saturday, 16th February, 2013
Gates Open at 3.30pm
4.00pm - U/16s Cyril Connell Cup - CQ Capras v Mackay Cutters
5.30pm - U/18s Cyril Connell Cup - CQ Capras v Mackay Cutters
7.10pm - Pre-game entertainment
7.30pm - Intrust Super Cup - CQ Capras v Mackay Cutters
*Tickets can be purchased at the Rockhampton Leagues Club or CQ Capras Office (Browne Park)