Players bid for Brahmans squad
THERE have been a few disappointments along the way but Thrifty Brahmans coach Frank Busby is confident come tomorrow night he will have a far clearer picture on who will be lining up for his team this season.
Friday is the annual Charity Day at Rugby Park and this year the monies raised will go to rugby union as the code suffered badly from the recent floods.
Central Queensland Rugby Union board member Keith Taylor said despite Rugby Park being underwater for a long spell and equipment ruined they had not received grants to cover the losses and repair bills.
While the money comes in handy for the sport's local governing body the match is a showcase as it gives the Brahmans an opportunity to run against some of the best players in the area who, for one reason or another, are unwilling or unable to trial for the district's representative team.
Taylor said he will not play himself but he has taken on the responsibility of pulling together about 25 players who are certain to give the Brahmans a good run.
Some local clubs have been a little slow to answer the call and send players to trial with the Brahmans but that certainly has not been the case with the Gladstone club.
“Gladstone is very committed, it is a massive effort,” he said.
Last week the Gladstone club sacrificed chances of winning a Thrifty A-grade game by sending six of its players to Longreach to play in a Young Brahmans side.
The club deserves recognition for such an effort and can gain some pride from the announcement by Busby that one of its forwards, Jeff Milburn, will captain the Brahmans this year.
Busby said the decision is no reflection on former captain Jono Bradbury who will be a part of the squad and always leads by example anyway.
While Busby is happy with the players who have put their hand up to play Brahmans there are still many good players reluctant to make the commitment.
With the Country Championship coming up, tomorrow's match could be the last time these players get an opportunity to have a change of mind and join the Brahmans.
“I can't wait for it,” Busby said.
He is also convinced clubs other than Colts, Gladstone and University will ensure their players become a part of the Brahmans concept.
“I'm sure that once we start they will get into it,” he said.
Kick off at Rugby Park tomorrow is 7pm.