Glasby to lead Capras
TO SUPPORTERS who have watched the CQ Capras over the past couple of years, the appointment of Tim Glasby as captain comes as no surprise.
Glasby was a stand-out performer for the Comets last season and has been playing impressively in this year's trial matches.
"He is well respected. It is a combination of his ability on the pitch and his ability to lead by example," Capras chief executive Brenton Williamson said yesterday.
Coach John Harbin agreed with those sentiments.
"He holds the respect of all his teammates," he said.
The coach, however, put a slightly different slant on the selection of his new captain.
"He is unusual for a front-rower as he can put a few sentences together," he joked.
"The front-rowers union is disappointed in him as he is articulate and he uses a skin moisturiser."
While Harbin is prepared to joke about Glasby there is no question about his admiration of the player.
The appointment as captain is something Glasby takes in his stride including the extra responsibility.
"I don't think it will change things. I just want to go out and do my job," Glasby said.
However, he does admit that could change if things aren't going well for him.
"If I'm not performing it becomes a bit more noticeable," he added.
Glasby was named captain for one of the trial games but hopes his selection is not merely based on that performance.
"I would like to think it is because I am respected," he said.
"I'm not going onto the pitch to make all the decisions; I want to lead by example."
Glasby is looking forward to Sunday afternoon's opening round Intrust Super Cup match against Sunshine Coast at Browne Park and believes the Capras can get a favourable result.
"Sunshine Coast (last season) in a way were in a similar position to the way we are this season," he said.
"This year they will be very competitive."
Glasby said young players, who were a part of the Sunshine Coast team that struggled in 2011, would have gained from the experience, and added to that, the club had recruited well.
Sunshine Coast had a good pre-season which included a win over a strong Redcliffe team.
The one thing he, and the club, hope for is a good crowd to attend the match.
"I hope it's a big crowd. I don't know if we will get good results this season but I know we will put on a good show," Glasby said.
During the season Glasby believes the Capras will keep improving and that should be reflected in the second round of the program.
The Capras team selected for the first game looks strong with just a handful of players missing.
Gavin Duffy remains on the injured list as does Kayan Davis.
Added to the injured list is rangy forward John Clayton, who pulled up with an injury in training.
Nevertheless Harbin said selection was difficult.
"It was a long, tough decision," he said. "It was difficult to decide who to leave out but that is what coaching is about.
"There are a few who were unlucky not to make the squad."
Harbin said the Capras had lost five players over the past two weeks including Ryan Wilson and BJ Munns who had taken jobs in the mining industry.
"You can't compete with that and I wish them well," the coach said.
CQ Capras v Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles at Browne Park on Sunday, March 11, 2pm:
CQ Capras: 1. Reece Baker 2. Malcolm Darkin 3. Mitch Zornig 4. Dan Randall 5. Sailosi Vatubua 6. Casey Bromilow 7. Jon Tavinor 8. Tim Glasby 9. Cheyenne Motu 10. James Crombie 11. Brent Williams 12. Ben Faulkner 13. Reece Goldsmith 14. Gavin Hiscox 15. Alan Rothery 16. Dave McLellan 17. Sam Pierce. Coach: John Harbin.
Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles: 1. Hughie Stanley 2. Filinga Filiga 3. Rowan Klein 4. Mitchell Buckett 5. Dale Middleton 6. Callum Klein 7. Todd Murphy 8. Martin Cordwell 9. Brenton Stonier 10. Alex Simpson 11. Kristian Wanka 12. Jaz Nahu-Main 13. Peter Gallen 14. Kane Richards 15. Jon Platt 16. Joel Fitzgerald 17. Robert Congoo 18. James Boyce. Coach: Dave Cordwell.