Central Queensland Capras head coach Jason Hetherington. Photo Blink Photography
Central Queensland Capras head coach Jason Hetherington. Photo Blink Photography Blink Photography

Capras score across the board in Intrust Super Cup

I CAN'T say enough how proud I was of all of the CQ Capras players in every grade last weekend.

It was truly a special day for the club with the U16s, U18s and Intrust Super Cup sides all recording strong victories against the Mackay Cutters. On top of that the Villa Capri Capras U21s side won the Plate final of the Bluff Multicultural Carnival.

Congratulations to the Woorabinda team who took out the Shield Final at Bluff.

There was probably a large question mark hanging over the heads of our Intrust Super Squad before the weekend as many had yet to taste that level of footy before, but I couldn't have been prouder of the way the boys stepped up.

The Mackay Cutters side we played was stacked full of stars including Cowboys-contracted players. The Capras boys lacked a bit of polish and finish but that is to be expected with a first hit-out. What was most pleasing to me as coach was their fitness and commitment levels were very high.

When the young players got on the field they really took their chance.

I thought John "Monsta" Clayton was huge for us upfront in attack and defence. Our halves Ian Webster and Blake Wallace were also outstanding and steered the team around the park well with astute kicking games. One of our leaders and key players Gavin Duffy had to pull out late on Saturday with a bout of food poisoning and Blake did well considering he would've thought he was starting off the bench. Defensively Gavin Hiscox showed me that he is a player that will add a lot to our side this season.

All in all it was a good performance by everyone.

This weekend's game against the Broncos will test our fitness once again and we are expecting a fast and physical game.

With our U21s taking on the Vanuatu International team I am looking forward to seeing first-hand how the next generation of Capras players are progressing.

I fully expect to have to call on some of these boys throughout the season and quality games like this one against Vanuatu will give the boys great development and big-game experience.

BIG WINS: Sam Hoare with the ball during a trial match of Capras against Mackay Cutters at Browne Park.
BIG WINS: Sam Hoare with the ball during a trial match of Capras against Mackay Cutters at Browne Park. Sharyn Oneill Rokscapra