GRUFs set pace early for season

GLADSTONE Rugby Union Football Club backs coach Steve Chadwick has a good feeling about the 2006 Rockhampton and District Rugby Union Sub-districts season.

Chadwick said the GRUFs had 15 players attend the first training session of the season at the Meteors Sportsgrounds on Tuesday night ? a particularly strong early showing in comparison to past years.

Chadwick, who together with head coach Jon Dalton will look to mastermind a sub-districts premiership win this season, said the pain of coming so close to a maiden title last year seemed to have sparked players into early action.

'I think that's why we've had such a good response so early in the season,' Chadwick said ahead of the club's second training session on Thursday.

'They had a taste of success last year but want to go one step further. They won the minor premiership but this year they want to win the grand final and the minor premiership.'

In addition to completing the double, Chadwick said the team should aim to get through the season unbeaten, a feat he believes it is capable of.

The club will conduct its signon after training on Thursday and conclude the evening with a barbecue and drinks.

The team trains every Tuesday and Thursday at 6pm. For information phone Steve Chadwick 0408 883 111 or David Loane 0418 788 551.

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