Fringe player gets a shot
IT IS the final opportunity for players on the fringe of the Capras to put their hands up for the Queensland Cup opener against Sunshine Coast and young half-back Kayan Davis is going to give it his best shot.
The quietly spoken 22-year-old will be one of the smallest footballers on the park but coach John Harbin has been impressed with his attitude at training and his work ethic.
Now it is up to Davis to prove he is the man to guide the Capras around the park.
Last week the Capras satisfied the coach with their work in defence but the creative side of their game is reflected in the fact they failed to cross the line.
Now Davis gets his opportunity to team up with Casey Bromilow, whose kicking game was effective against the Cutters.
Having recently arrived in Rockhampton after playing his football in New South Wales at Nambucca Heads, Davis has signed with the Fitzroy/ Gracemere club.
However, the young player does know all about Rockhampton and some of the players he will line up with in the Capras.
"I went to school with some of the boys at TCC," he said.
As a half-back, Davis knows where his strengths lie.
"I like the attacking, taking the line on," he said.
That does not mean the slightly built player shirks his defensive duties.
"I can look after myself," he said.
While Davis admitted he was quiet off the pitch, he said all that changed once he crossed the white line and he was ready to give teammates their instructions.
He is also determined to push hard for a spot in the team.
"I thought it was time to step up and show what I've got," he said.
No matter what the outcome, Davis is pleased to have made the decision to join the Capras.
"It's real good. I've learnt a lot off John and Lionel (Harbin)," he said.
Even though the Capras were scoreless against the Cutters, Davis has faith in the team's backline.
"We've got speed to burn in the backs," he said.
Last week Davis played for Fitzroys at Blackwater and received the player of the carnival award and now Harbin hopes he can show that form against a highly motivated CQ Invitation team.
"He desperately wants his chance," Harbin said.
"He's a player who has come through the lower grades and has hardly missed a training session since November.
"Everyone said he would be one of the players who would pull out."
Harbin said Davis was one of the fringe players who had earned an opportunity to play in Capras.
"It is very important to look after your fringe players as you never know when you are going to have to call on them," he said.
"After all, if a player has a couple good games (for the Capras) he might not be classed as a fringe player anymore."
Once again Harbin has not picked players who are carrying a slight injury and therefore James Waterton will be sitting it out alongside James Crombie, Hayden Davis and Mal Darkin.
With a number of players in the CQ Invitation side having trained with the Capras, he expects a tough encounter.
"They'll give us a good workout as they all want to be in the Capras," he said.
"What we are looking for from the game is player consistency."
So far the players to show the consistency demanded by the coach have been Dave McLellan, Tim Glasby and Reece Goldsmith, while in the backs Mitch Zornig has continued his good form.
The CQ Invitation team coach Justin Loomans agreed with Harbin that the match was all about letting fringe players show they could do a job for the Capras.
He said his team was a mixture, with Gladstone players named alongside players from the Rockhampton competition and some that impressed in the CQ Indigenous squad.
Players named for a trial game at Browne Park on Saturday against a CQ Invitation side:
CQ Capras: From-Reece Baker, Mitch Zornig, Ryan Wilson, Sailasa Vatabua, Casey Bromilow, Tim Glasby, Reece Goldsmith, James Crombie, John Clayton, Brent Williams, Russell Webber, Cooper Nobbs, Jack Kavanagh, David McLellan, Josh Tanner, Alan Rothery, Cheyanne Motu, Luke Crumblin, James Livlock, Kayan Davis, Gavin Hiscox, Sam Pearce. Coach John Harbin.
CQ Invitation Jay Stafford, Haofanga Rabakewa, Daniel Roberts, Tevita Jurgenson, Steve Williams, Jack Bond, Yoren Major, Rhys Chapman, Chris Saunders, Manz Ronga, Andrew Dale, Daniel Bertucci, Josh Speers, David Munns, Willie Munns, Luke Atkinson, Sam Kitchen, Ashley Kris, Joe Tulisau, Sione Tongia, Callam Barrett. Coaches Justin Loomans and Charlie Beresford.