GRUFs step up to challenge

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

PREMIERSHIP success will be the only thing on the mind of the Gladstone GRUFs rugby union boys when they kick off their pre-season campaign this Tuesday.

The GRUFs, who finished as runners-up in the Rockhamp-ton and District Rugby Union Sub-Districts competition in 2005, are keen to go that one step better this year.

After such a good season, it was no surprise last year's coaches Jon Dalton and Steve Chadwick were reappointed for 2006.

Chadwick is looking forward to the new season and believes the motivation to go that one step better will play a major role this year.

"I am sure the boys will be pretty keen to get back into pre-season,'' Chadwick said.

"Last year was a good year for us, but we fell short by one game and are hoping to go that step better this year.''

Chadwick said the GRUFs had retained the nucleus of last year's team including Solomon Islands international Charles Tema who made a huge impact in 2005.

"As far as I know, most of the boys from last year will be back again this year which is a good sign.

"The nucleus is definitely there for us to have another good year,'' he said.

Chadwick said any old or new players were welcome to attend training which starts on Tuesday from 6pm at Meteors Sportsground.

For more information phone Steve on 0408 883 111 or David on 0418 788 551.



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