Capra's coach delighted at Intrust Super Cup 2016 draw
THE Queensland Rugby League (QRL) has announced the draw for the Intrust Super Cup (ISC) 2016 season and the first round match for the Rockhampton League's Club Capras won't be hard to promote.
On the first weekend of March, 5-6 next year the CQ Capras will trek north to take on the Mackay Cutters.
It will be the first return to Stadium Mackay for the former Cutters premiership-winning coach Kim Williams (pictured) who is now head coach of the Capras.
It could well be a fiery clash and a baptism of fire for the new Capras mentor.
The Capras then meet the Cutters again at home in round 14.
Williams believes it is a good draw for the Capras, despite having to play one of the leading ISC teams, the Townsville Blackhawks away twice in Townsville.
"I think it is a good draw, I am delighted" Williams said.
"And the QRL has done a great job in getting out early.
"I think the main thing is for us we have a couple of home games early on.
"It is important as a club we perform well in those early games. We need to perform well and win those early games and get the home crowd behind us.
"Get the respect back from our home supporters. And there is no better way to do that than to win our early games at home at Browne Park."
And how does the new CQ coach feel about meeting his old team first up?
"I love the fact we are playing Mackay first up," Williams said enthusiastically.
"Although this is an away game it doesn't bother me. I was always looking forward to this match and to have it first up is just fantastic.
"It is a good drawcard for the Cutters and it is also good for us. It is smart scheduling by the QRL as it has attracted media attention and it will draw a good crowd.
"It will be a great way to get the season under way for both clubs."
And the coach also believes there are a few other positives coming out of the draw for next season.
"We only play PNG once, and at home, so that is very favourable for us," Williams said.
"They are very hard to beat anywhere, but at their home ground in PNG they are extremely difficult opposition.
"And we also only play Wynnum Manly once. They are always strong so that is favourable for us as well."
In terms of breaks and byes in the Capras draws, Williams is adamant that has worked out well too. It could prove vital as the Capras were ravaged by injury this season and the breaks didn't go their way.
"We have a bye early, round four and that is okay," Williams said.
"Then there are the three breaks for the State of Origin games between round 12 and 13, 15 and 16 and round 18 and 19 and then we have our second bye late in round 21.
"It is good for us they are evenly spread out. That will help us in the overall scheme of things. It is favourable for us."
* Helping the Capras' cause are two additional home games they have purchased. The round eight clash against Souths Logan Magpies was slated to be played at Davies Park but has been moved to Browne Park.
And the round 15 clash against North Devils, which was to be played at Bishop Park, has also been moved to a home fixture at Slater Oval, Bundaberg.
2016 ISC CQ Capras Draw
Rd 1 v Mackay Cutters away
Rd 2 v Norths Devils home
Rd 3 v Ipswich Jets home
Rd 4 BYE
Rd 5 v East Tigers home
Rd 6 v Sunshine Coast Falcons home
Rd 7 v Burleigh Bears away
Rd 8 v Souths Logan Magpies home*
Rd 9 v Tweed Head Seagulls away
Rd 10 v Townsville Blackhawks away
Rd 11 v PNG Hunters home
Rd 12 v Wynnum Manly away
Rd 13 v Redcliffe Dolphins away
Rd 14 v Mackay Cutters home
Rd 15 v Norths Devils home*
Rd 16 v Burleigh Bears home
Rd 17 v Ipswich Jets away
Rd 18 v East Tigers away
Rd 19 v Tweed Head Seagulls home
Rd 20 v Townsville Blackhawks away
Rd 21 BYE
Rd 22 v Souths Logan Magpies home
Rd 23 v Sunshine Coast away
Rd 24 v Redcliffe Dolphins home
Rd 25 Northern Pride home
Finals September 3-18
Grand Final Sunday, September 25