Scott still has 'killer attitude'
RUGBY UNION: More time on the field is something Brahmans front-rower Scott McPherson is aiming for this year.
The burly front-rower may be on the wrong side of 30 but is a part of a winning culture in his club football with Colts and is confident this year’s Brahmans will take that into their Queensland Country Championship matches.
He feels the 2010 Brahmans have the personnel in their squad to perform well despite the problems associated with getting the squad together.
“It is difficult with the guys' work commitments,” he admitted.
Also the Brahmans is a team representative of Central Queensland, not just Rockhampton, and therefore must accommodate players travelling to practice from areas like Blackwater and Gladstone.
Nevertheless McPherson thinks the Brahmans will be strong, although like all front-rowers makes that judgement from the perspective of the tight five.
“We (the pack) had a good run last Tuesday we are coming right and a lot sharper than last year,” he said.
At 34-years-old McPherson carries a fair amount of experience into his game and yet it is the attitude of the young players coming through that provides him with optimism for the future.
“There are some good young footballers coming through,” he said.
“What I like is that they are showing that bit of mongrel.
“You have got to have that killer attitude.”
McPherson is not advocating playing outside the rules of the game, far from it. What he talks about is going hard for the football so opponents are aware that the Brahmans are not about to take a backward step.
The front-rower credits his club coach Frank Busby, who is assistant to Jack Lloyd junior, for bringing this attitude to the team and promises the Brahmans will be very competitive, especially at the breakdown.
McPherson still has something to prove as he missed some important time on the park last year after breaking a hand while playing touch and also because in the past he was considered a bench player.
“I was disappointed not getting a starting run,” he said.
This time he is going all out to rectify that blemish on his playing record and become a first choice for both club and representative team.
Tonight McPherson will be at Browne Park with his team mates for a combined training session with the Comets, not that he is too concerned as his roots are in the game of league.
“My background in league, I played with Norths,” he said.
“Then I joined union and I’ve stayed with Colts.”
Despite being a senior member of both the Brahmans and Colts squads, McPherson has no plans to call it a day any time soon-at least not while he is still enjoying himself.
“I think now I’m a bit wiser on the field and I know how to stay out of trouble,” McPherson confirmed.
“Anyway the younger ones help me keep going.”
One of the young footballers in the side making a big impression is his Colts team mate Nicholas Hickey.
“He’s getting a bit of a mouth on him,” he joked.
“He’s a very good footballer and very determined, he has a good head and he’s tough.”
Looking ahead to the club season and McPherson said the Colts club is determined to make it three premierships in a row.
“It will be a good season as Brothers will go well with Anthony (Pearce) leading them around the park,” he predicted.
With a bit more depth provided by young players McPherson also sees Dawson Valley Drovers as a danger side.
While McPherson is still enjoying the challenge of playing sport he also enjoys the thrill of watching his own children develop through their sporting achievements.