Feeder clubs show plenty of ticker in trials
RUGBY LEAGUE: Yeppoon Seagulls and Rockhampton Brothers will be among the teams to beat this season after impressive showings in trial matches at the weekend.
Coaches Scott Minto and Damien Seibold said the manner in which their respective sides took it to State League outfit CQ Capras was great for their first hitouts of the year.
The 28-0 scoreline didn't flatter Yeppoon but Minto said there was plenty to like about Saturday's effort at Browne Park.
"We had a couple who haven't played A-grade yet and they went really well. They held their own and played different positions," he said.
"Defensively I was quite happy. Only fatigue cost us in the end. When we were fresh we we good.
"When Cody Grills got into five-eighth we looked dangerous. Him and Johnathan Tavinor will form a great halves pairing.
"Capras scored six tries but honestly I was expecting more. They have been training for three months and we haven't. Some of the boys haven't set foot on the field since last season."
Brothers coach Seibold was ecstatic with his side's opening 20 minutes with the Brethren grabbing an early lead. It was only when he changed things up that his side leaked points.
"We started really well and I was thrilled," he said.
"Our shape was spot on, running the right lines and we actually only touched the ball for the first time in training on Thursday.
"They put some points on us when I chopped and changed but for our first hitout things were pretty pleasing.
"Justin Daniels went really well, Mitch Zornig was outstanding, Ayden Cooper too.
"And our young boys Tyler Szepanowski, Zane Hammond and Tyson Curtis are only 17, they did really well and didn't miss a beat."
Both Siebold and Minto tipped the Capras to have a successful year.