'We want a big start to season'
A BIG season is set to get off to a big start.
Rarely in modern times has a rugby league year been planned with such optimism among those who run the game and those who fill the stands, and their feelings of hope are only set to amplify at Sunday afternoon's opening game for the Intrust Super Cup season.
The Central Queensland Capras unveiled their team for the round one match against Sunshine Coast on Wednesday, picking up 13 born and bred CQ players.
Chief executive of the Capras Brenton Williamson is encouraging the Central Queensland region to get behind the "truly local" side.
"It would mean a lot to the club and the local players if we could see a big crowd at Browne Park this weekend," he said.
With the local community in previous years identifying with the Comets to a level that was satisfactory in attendance, officials this year have set the bar high aiming for 2000 supporters at their first home game.
"We are looking forward to providing great support for our team of local boys," Williamson said.
"Two thousand is a great target to kick off the year with a bang."
Officials encourage Capras "old boys" to come along and support the modern-day side as they take on the Sunshine Coast in this week's first round of the season.
With the strength of the Comets (Capras) brand in previous years being diminished, officials have this year focused on attracting further supporter interest to the club.
"We have changed the focus from our games, featuring more of a family fun day out," Williamson said.
The club is targeting a family audience with activities for the kids in order to attract a younger crowd.
Williamson encourages parents to Browne Park this Sunday afternoon for an action-packed day of football and fun.
Family passes will be sold at the gate for $25, including two adults and two children.