Capras team determined to turn club's fortunes around
IT WAS a forgettable 2015 season for the CQ Capras and their supporters.
But there is a dedicated team behind the team aiming to ensure the club turns the corner and builds something special for season 2016.
"It has been a hard couple of years for the club, both on and off the field," Capras operations manager Brendan Bowers readily admits.
"But we have a new coach, some great new players as well as a solid core group of retained players. There is now a real opportunity for the both the region's community and its businesses to get back behind the Capras."
Bowers says you only have to look at the ISC premiers, the Ipswich Jets to see what is possible.
"The Jets are a great example of what can be achieved," he said.
"The Jets have bought the local Ipswich community along for the journey and in the process won both the ISC and national championship. We want to do the same here in CQ.
"We appreciate that times are tough, but sport is a great way of uniting the community. And it is when times are tough that you want to unite the community most.
"We also see the Capras as a great vehicle for businesses in the region to get exposure across the state. We are calling on the CQ business community to get on board and get behind the Capras.
"We believe we are building a winning team, with a strong work ethic and a positive family friendly and community spirited culture.
"And we want the community and business to come on that journey with us."
Capras finance manager Dominque McGregor is working hard behind the scenes to generate excitement around the Capras brand.
"People are interested in the Capras," McGregor explained.
"They want to be involved. But we need to look at new and innovative ways to get them involved and for season memberships we are really focusing on creating a family friendly environment."
These new initiatives include a dedicated fan zone at home games, family friendly game times at Browne Park so young children can watch their team and get up close to their heroes after the match.
"We are also ramping up our players' community involvement in schools, businesses and for special needs children across the region," McGregor said.
"And the Capras will always support community events."
Meanwhile on the training park, coach Kim Williams is impressed with the work and dedication the squad is putting in.
"I can't fault the guys," Williams said.
"Each week I am making it tougher and the guys just keep stepping up. They are showing up with a great attitude and getting stuck in. It's excellent.
"We are quickly becoming a close knit team and we are really building team spirit. The players are really buying into that."