Coach to extend Brahmans’ reach

BRAHMANS coach Jack Wright bets that 2010 will be the season.

After a successful year from the Brahmans under-18 squad, Wright now sets his sights on his under-19 2010 squad.

“The under-18 side had a great season; we had four teams, which is a good build-up of numbers,” he said.

The under-19 squad played three games this year, where they won against both Townsville and Cairns, but were overthrown by the strength of Sunshine Coast in the final.

Wright said next year they would be extending the squad to play the Darling Downs, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Townsville and Cairns and from there they would go to finals.

About 50 players have been invited to a two-day clinic on January 9 and 10 next year for the squad selection, with senior-level coaches providing their expertise.

The final squad will be a combination of under-18 players and also a number of the Open Brahmans players, who include Ryan Brownlie.

“Nicolas Hicky is another outstanding footballer and I believe he will have a great football career,” Wright said.

The clinic will have coach Tim Grady who has been with the Wallabies, Queensland Reds, Brisbane Brothers and forwards coach of the 2008 Ballymore Tornadoes.

He will return for the clinic with Paul Healy who was the head coach of the Ballymore Tornadoes in 2008, Wright said.

Tim Grady will push the forwards to work on lineout and scrimmaging techniques.

Paul Healy will concentrate on defensive patterns and running lines for the backs.

The following day the players will be divided into two teams, where they will play three games of 20 minutes with the selectors on watch to name their final 30-man under-19 Brahmans squad.

Under-19 Brahmans training will start January 5 at Rugby Park.

All the players who can’t make the training camp will train with the Open Brahmans side every Tuesday and Thursday.

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