Harbin to tackle All Stars program
LIONEL Harbin has plenty to do as the assistant coach with the CQ Capras but when he was offered a new coaching duty, he just couldn't refuse the role.
Early next month at the Gold Coast, the blockbuster fixture between the Indigenous All Stars and an NRL Selection is played.
The match captures the imagination of spectators and has become one of the major spectacles on the rugby league calendar.
While fans enjoy the day, it is far more important for people like Harbin as he will have the opportunity of interacting with some of the bigger names of the game.
Harbin has been invited to assist with the Queensland under-16 indigenous team which meets its New South Wales counterparts as a curtain-raiser to the main fixture. "I don't know any of the players and so I'll be going in fresh," he said.
"However, it is all about the week."
Harbin joins the squad next weekend and then spends time in camp with the players until they play the following weekend.
During that time, workshops are held and Harbin is excited about the quality of information he will receive from respected scholars of the game.
Although the players will require introduction, his fellow coach of the under-16 side is a former Rockhampton player.
"The coach is Sid Domic who is originally from Rocky, I went to school with him," Harbin said.
Domic left Central Queensland and played with the Broncos and Penrith before accepting a playing contract in the United Kingdom.
"He lives in Bundaberg now and designed the all black indigenous jersey," Harbin added.
Unfortunately, the timing of Harbin's trip to the Gold Coast means he will be unable to scout for the Capras at the Indigenous Reconciliation Carnival being held at CQUniversity next weekend.
"It was just too good an opportunity to pass up on," he said.
"Our (Capras) medical man Ron Tasker does this each year and he said it is a great experience."