Playing group impresses coach
AN IMPRESSED David Holzl can't wait to launch the Central Queensland Brahmans' 2014 campaign.
The Trueline Patios carpenter was appointed head coach of the Brahmans earlier in the week and had the first chance to meet with the club's senior playing group on Thursday night to plan out the 2014 season.
"The average for the team is around 21 or 22, which is very young for a rep side. They're usually in the mid-to-late-20s, but the guys I met last night, I'm real happy with," said Holzl, who hails from the Sunshine Coast.
"For the age of them, they seem to know what they're talking about. I wouldn't say they took me by surprise as I have been following them a bit, but I found them very mature for their age, and I think they're going to be a real good squad."
Father-of-four Holzl moved to Rockhampton for work last year after six years as director of coaching at the Sunshine Coast University club.
The reigning Country champions, the Brahmans launch their season with the opportunity to retain the Cattleman's Cup in the annual fixture against Darling Downs in Dalby on February 22.
A former prop, Holzl will focus his attention towards the forwards, and said he had one particular goal, which is typically a by-product of success.
"I know they've had a lot of success, but they only got one guy in the Country side last season, so I'm hoping to get at least two, or three in there, that's my goal," he said. "There seems to be the talent up here, I'll just be hoping to polish a few of the things that need improving."
Holzl takes over the role vacated by Central Queensland Rugby Union's director of rugby, Steve Anderson, who has coached the side for the past two seasons.
The Brahmans will begin training on December 4.
Holzl will work closely with Anderson, who steered the Brahmans to back-to-back Queensland Country Regional Championships in 2012-13.
"David comes highly recommended and brings with him an extensive coaching career in Queensland country rugby," Anderson said.
"With such a young squad we are fortunate to have David in Central Queensland rugby," he said. "His experience will be an invaluable asset."