Premiership the ultimate goal for our underrated CQ Capras
WE WANT a premiership.
That is the directive from the Central Queensland Capras hierarchy as the club held its 2015 season launch at the Rockhampton Leagues Club on Friday.
After bowing out in the final rounds of the Intrust Super Cup last year and failing to finish inside the top eight, Jason Hetherington and his troops had a long summer to lick their wounds.
Speaking at the launch in front of players, coaches, sponsors and supporters, Chairman Geoff Murphy left no doubt as to where expectations lie for the upcoming season.
"Our aim this year is what it always is - we want the premiership," Murphy said.
"We don't start any season here at the Capras with anything other than the win at the front of mind."
The CQ side are yet to win a premiership since their inception in 1996, but that didn't deter Murphy.
The big boss went on to introduce the club's new operations manager Brendan Bowers who he hoped would instil professionalism in the club.
"Brendan will help by servicing our sponsors better and helping grow the game in our region," Murphy said.
"He will help grow crowd numbers and will plan to make the games more enjoyable."
Bowers aims to be a significant mainstay for Central Queensland rugby league, making the move north from Ipswich last week. "Ipswich is not too different to Rockhampton. Two rugby league heartlands but now Rockhampton is the centre of my universe," he said.
"The Capras are on their way up. I can see them challenging for a grand final Intrust Super Cup berth in the next year or two.
"I can bring a set of new eyes. They already have some really good things in place, now it's just a matter of sharpening up a couple of things and continuing the success that we are having."
The current manager of the Queensland women's side, Bowers brings a wealth of experience from the NRL and grassroots rugby league ranks.