Fitzroy Gracemere captain Daniel Pickering.
Fitzroy Gracemere captain Daniel Pickering. Chris Ison

Captain coaches for epic clash

THIS weekend is about pride for Fitzroy Gracemere captain Daniel Pickering.

The A-grade fullback has taken on the role of steering the side into their epic round five Rockhampton Senior Rugby League fixture against the CQU Norths Chargers.

While still relatively inexperienced at the top level, Pickering is currently stand-in captain/coach of the Sharks after former coach Steve Lorraway moved to Brisbane for work commitments.

Pickering, who played a handful of games for the Central Comets in the Queensland Cup during the 2010 season, said the transition was proving a difficult one, but he held hope that former Ollie Howden medal winner Hughie Stanley would take the reins and lighten the load.

In the meantime, he said he was doing the best he could.

“We’re struggling for numbers. Not too many people are turning up for training, but we’ll be alright,” Pickering said.

When the Sharks take on CQU Norths Chargers at Browne Park on Saturday night for the John Jarro Shield, Pickering is expecting a tough contest. The Sharks have won the last two John Jarro Shield fixtures and also managed a 30-28 win in the two sides’ round two clash earlier this year, but Pickering believes the Chargers aren’t to be underestimated.

“I watched them play on the weekend against Brothers and they were pretty good,” he said.

“They’ll bring everything they’ve got against us.”

Meanwhile, RSRL’s top two sides – Rockhampton Brothers and Yeppoon Seagulls – will go head-to-head this weekend for the first time in eight months.

The last time the two clubs met in the A-grade competition was in the RSRL grand final, won 34-20 by Brothers, but both clubs are undefeated to start 2011.



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