Chargers primed for big year
IS 2012 going to be the year of Norths Chargers?
Coach Morris Kemp and under-20s mentor Darren Ferricks believe it will be and that the Chargers' fortunes are on the rise.
If Saturday's games against powerful Yeppoon Seagulls are an indicator the Chargers are set to be a major force in all grades.
"We've got good numbers," Kemp said.
Certainly there was a good turn out for training on Tuesday evening despite the wet conditions.
Kemp said his players have shown commitment and the secret to having them come back each week is quite simple.
"I think the boys have got to have fun to play rugby league," he said.
After a good pre-season Norths came out firing against the Seagulls to win both the A-grade and under-20 matches.
"We also recruited well," the A-grade coach said.
Forward Andrew Dale shapes as one of the key players in the Norths line-up.
"Andrew is a lot fitter this year," Kemp said.
Also set to make an impact is Todd Titmus while Kemp is pleased to recruit Fitzroy's Greg Saunders and Kaleb Littleboy from 2002 premier Yeppoon.
"Apart from the players we also have a good coaching team, that makes life a lot easier," Kemp said.
While Kemp has the A-grade Chargers and Ferricks the under-20s, Darren Mann and Lee Bob have taken charge of the club's reserve-grade team.
Game plans for Norths are kept fairly simple at this stage of the season but Kemp believes they will be effective.
"We will not be going out of our way to play flash football," the coach said. "We are still finding our combinations, all I ask is to do the basics."
Both Kemp and Ferricks believe there is another very good reason why the Chargers are a happy group.
"We are a family club and that is what matters," Kemp said.
For Ferricks, working behind the scenes is a new experience as he is a first-year coach.
However he is already enjoying working with the other coaches and is ambitious, wanting success in his new position.
"The three (senior) teams help each other out," he said. "I look to him (Kemp) for guidance."
As in any sporting set-up Norths' three senior teams will play a similar style of football, with Kemp laying down the ground rules so players moving up or down will know their job no matter what grade they play.
Ferricks said his under-20s will be a good side in 2012 with many of the team coming through the Norths junior system.
"They are a quick, young side, and expecting big things," he said.
Ferricks is also aware not all the hard work is done on the playing field. "You've got to have good support staff and we've got that across the grades," he saidd.
This weekend Norths will face Brothers in round two of the Rockhampton competition.