Grand final loss spurs Goats onwards
THE disappointment of losing the Central Queensland Rugby Union grand final still lingers in the minds of the Gladstone Goats players months on from the defeat.
But, rather than let it wreak havoc, they are turning it into positive energy.
The team has been training hard in a bid to rectify the loss.
It was a near-perfect year for the Goats, who only lost the first match and the grand final, but despite the stellar effort coach Ken Dobson said the gameplan had to change.
"Rugby is always pretty evolving. If we get static teams can catch up," he said.
The plan for the Goats is to be so far ahead of the bunch that even a poor performance here or there would not harm their chances.
Another season like last year's would then give them supreme confidence for the final.
Returning for the full season after missing the start of 2014 due to his New Zealand stint and also being unavailable for the final, David West is one of the players pushing hard this year.
He has been urging his teammates to attend CrossFit classes to be in good physical shape earlier than usual.
West is looking forward to being on the field fulltime again.
"I missed the finals last year so I am looking forward to playing with the boys again," he said.
One of those is last year's captain Aubre Harmse, who was named the best player in the competition.
The versatile Harmse has taken the responsibility for the grand-final loss more than any other player, and wants the chance to lead the Goats to where he thinks they belong.
"I wouldn't mind the job again," he said. "I think the loss will always be in the back of our minds.
"But it will motivate me and all of us this season."