Berserker Bears first team coach Robijn Staal and president Barney Caruana look ahead to 2011.
Berserker Bears first team coach Robijn Staal and president Barney Caruana look ahead to 2011. Allan Reinikka

New coach wants consistency

If there is one thing new coach Robijn Staal wants to bring back to the Berserker Bears game in 2011: it’s consistency.

Recently elected first team coach, Staal is no newcomer to the Bears having been with the club for 10 years after moving to Rockhampton from Mackay where he played for the Rangers club.

“I think over the last couple of years the team has lost a bit of direction and consistency,” Staal said.

In the past, Berserker teams have kept on rolling along and picking up good results.

But the Bears of the past few seasons have been a disappointment, capable of collecting good results on their better days, but also ready to roll over when faced by lesser opponents.

Consequently the team’s finishing position has been in the lower reaches of the Capricorn League, while their playing roster appeared to offer greater rewards.

“The job is to get them back on the straight again and starting from scratch,” he said.

Staal does not come into the coaching role cold, as he was in charge of the Berserker Reserve grade side of 2010 which won the second Division grand final in emphatic style.

The new coach was impressed with the way the players in that squad responded to his orders and with the quality of football they played as a unit.

It is of little surprise that Staal will be looking at some of the players from that team to step up a grade for the new season.

“I’ll pretty much talk to the younger ones who played last year for the second team,” he said.

“I like the way they played and trained.”

While it’s too early to decide the tactics for each match of a new season, Staal said playing with a compressed defence and then breaking quickly and accurately was a style of play suited for the personnel he had in mind.

Staal said he has a number of his second team squad in mind for Capricorn League football.

Player of the grand final Chris Swain is one who would make the transition with ease.

“Chris should be in the first team week-in and week-out,” Staal said.

Unfortunately the young player’s plans are not known with the Cougars keen to see him in their squad and Swain’s cricket future not yet finalised.

Then there is goalkeeper Brent McIllwrath and defender Steve Turley, while Steve Vandenban is another Staal would like to see commit to Capricorn League football.

Staal was a key defender for the Berserker second team last year but has no plans of having the tag player/ coach with the A-grade team

“Only when it’s required,” he laughed.

Club stalwart Barney Caruana is back at the helm of the Bears ship for 2011 in the capacity of president.

Caruana said the club looked good for the future and would in likelihood field three third division sides.

Some decisions were yet to be made with no second team or women’s team coach appointed due to the uncertainty of whether those divisions of football will involve regular travel to Gladstone.

“We have put recommendations to the (Football Queensland instigated) working group,” he said.

Berserker will begin training at Elizabeth Park on January 4.



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