Raiders can make a name for themselves
COACH Kevin Noonan believes several members of his battling under-17 Gladstone Leagues Club Raiders outfit can make a name for themselves when they take on Central Highlands at Marley Brown Oval on Saturday.
Noonan said the boys had struggled as they moved together through the age divisions and had not won a game "for a couple of years'' but was hopeful they were edging ever nearer to a victory.
"It's always been a struggling age group,'' Noonan said. "We played our last (full) game against Emerald and lost 36-6 and lost to Keebra Park and Bundaberg in Gladstone recently. "But the boys are having good fun and they're getting better all the team.
"They've made progress while training together once a week and they're dedicated lads who want to play for the Capras.''
Noonan said a number of players had the potential to earn a Central Queensland Capras jersey and could take the first step by impressing against Central Highlands on Saturday.
"There's definitely players there with the chance to make it and if they can win it makes it hard for them not be picked,'' he said.
Noonan said he had enjoyed greater success with other representative outfits in the past but enjoyed the challenge of helping the current under-17 line-up reach its potential.
"They're a real good bunch of lads and they all try hard,'' he said.
Gladstone Leagues Club Raiders under-17 team: Bryce Knight, Adrian Josefski, Chris Johnson, Matthew Paulsen, Jason Tattersall, Luke Patterson, Kenny Kelliher, Anthony Moran, Brenton Dau (all Gladstone), Nathan Muller, Dale Fischer, Scott Gibb, Sam Nicol, Jason Sykes (Miriam Vale), Tom Rideout, Nigel Attfield, Toby Armstrong(Biloela).