Brothers avoid bridesmaid role
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au
GLADSTONE Brothers has shown faith that its version of the three wise men can lead them to the club's holy grail ? a CQ extended rugby league A grade premiership.
Coaches Matt Jones and Brian Hansen will be joined by coaching director Richard Duff in a triumvirate of rugby league knowledge as the Brethren look to put behind them a frustrating run of near misses in recent years.
Jones, who was again named as A grade coach at the club's annual general meeting on Sunday, said Duff's increased input would be a boon to the top grade outfit in season 2006.
'He's helped us in the past but next season he's committed to being at training at least once a week and at every game,'' Jones said.
'It's great to have someone like Duffy give us a hand.'
Jones said he needed to find the extra ingredient needed to bring CQ Extended League and Gladstone Rugby League premierships the team's way.
'We need to make some changes because we haven't won doing what we're doing,' he said.
'We've been in the (Extended League) top three every year since 2001, except one year when we were fourth, and a lot of clubs would like to be able to do that ? we're sick of being the bridesmaids all of the time.'
Jones said player numbers already looked strong throughout the grades with the A grade side likely to only be missing retired pair Leif Audet (injuries) and James Radloff (health concerns) from this year's squad.
Radloff will remain involved with the club, having taken on the fitness coaching role.