Norths seek family approach
MORRIS Kemp knows the values of the CQU Norths Chargers club and is determined to see a return to a family- orientated environment.
For one reason or another Norths has not been among the front-runners in local rugby league senior grades but Kemp believes all that can, and will, change.
"Years ago we were real strong," Kemp said, "Norths has still got the players."
It was a tough journey for Norths in 2011 as the club's pre-season was totally disrupted by the floods which robbed the club of its home training venue.
Now that is behind them and the focus is on the 2012 season with Norths planning to continue to do well in areas such as under-20s and strengthen the pool of players for the reserve and A-grade teams.
Kemp said some good young players could become a part of Norths for the coming season.
"We are looking for a good balance between young players and those who have played A-grade," he said. "Throughout the year I want us to be competitive."
While the players actions on the football field are important, Kemp believes a healthy club environment can go a long way to achieving those goals. "When I played for Norths it was very much a family club," he said.
Kemp and the other coaching staff plan a return to that family environment and in the process form a bond between the players.
While Norths has already started its pre-season training, Kemp said the club would continue to be on the lookout for players for all its teams.
Training is currently not being held at the club's facility on Goodsall Street as maintenance is being carried out on the pitches.
"We are training Tuesday and Thursday at Rockhampton High School starting at 5.30pm," Kemp said. "We are playing touch at the moment and then five weeks of fitness before the Christmas break-up on December 22."
Norths will resume training on January 3 as the club prepares to enter a team in this year's Reconciliation Carnival during January.
Like all local clubs, Norths hope the rift between Gladstone and Rockhampton is repaired so 2012 will see a unified competition.
Kemp said if Norths was a part of a four-team competition again it will change his plans as early season results will mean little.