Pierce making Capras debut
IF THE crowd at Browne Park is swelled by a couple of hundred cheering supporters then they could be the small community from Joskeleigh.
Making his debut for the CQ Capras tomorrow is one of Joskeleigh's favourite sons, Sam Pierce, and he knows the people from that area are keen to see him do well.
"I was born in Rockhampton but raised out there," the powerful forward said. "I went to primary school there."
"Joskeleigh has a big south island community and I have a lot of relations out there."
Pierce is proud of his background and keen to show those people how well he can do.
He also tries to spend as much time as possible out there.
The one quality Pierce brings to the Capras, that few could doubt, is loyalty.
"In Rocky I started playing under-7s at Norths," he said.
The 20-year-old is still at Norths and has never considered changing to another club.
"I try and help the club out as much as I can," he said.
Last year Pierce trained with the Comets but is not bitter about his failure to gain selection.
I was training all year from half-way through the preseason but there were a lot of front row and second rowers," he said. "I like training and keeping fit,"
Tomorrow he gets his chance against Sunshine Coast.
"It will be a good test," he said. "I want to see if I can shift to another level."
Not all of the preseason has been kind to Pierce.
As an under-18 he dislocated a shoulder and repeated the injury in January playing in the Indigenous Reconciliation Carnival.
"It's probably a bit weak but I will get an operation on it at the end of the season," he said. "I was happy to get the last game back (trial) in."
Pierce said he will be a bit nervous going into the match against the coast.
"First hit-up and the nerves will go away," he said.
For coach John Harbin there have been no doubts about what Pierce brings to the Capras side.
"He is the type of player any team would want in it," he said. "Sam's a solid work horse and very coachable. Off the field he is a perfect gent."
The coach will not be looking for those gentlemanly qualities when Pierce faces Sunshine Coast.
Prior to the season, Harbin pledged the Capras would be made up mainly with local players.
He has delivered on this promise with 13 of the squad Central Queenslanders.
Tomorrow's opposition is expected to be a lot tougher then the Sunshine Coast team that played in the 2011 Queensland Cup.
In the preseason they beat Redcliffe.
Harbin said they had recruited well in the off-season.
However he feels the Capras are the best they can be after the time spent last weekend at Camp Capra when the players got to know a little more about each other.
At that camp, a leadership group was chosen by the players with Jon Tavinor, Brent Williams, Casey Bromilow, Alan Rothery named. Also in the group is the coaches' pick for captain which is Tim Glasby.
Tomorrow's game at Browne Park begins at 2pm.
CQ Capras v Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles at Browne Park tomorrow at 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.