Ex-coach chuffed at Queensland Cup home game
FOR the first time in 12 years, Garry Cox is not going to be on the coaching staff for the Miriam Vale Magpies.
He will still be around the bench, taking notes and statistics to pass to head coach Darren Wildman throughout the game.
While it is a sad day for the long-serving Magpie, there is an advantage to being less relied-upon in the team's preparation.
Cox will likely be free to see all of the Central Queensland Capras match against Souths Logan on March 14, the first round for the Magpies in the Northern Districts Rugby League.
"That is terrific, it gives these fellas a chance to see these blokes play," he said.
But beyond the big win it is for Miriam Vale to host the match and his own delight at watching a Queensland Cup match live, Cox thinks the current Magpies have the most to gain from the experience.
He says he thinks the team is not as far behind the playing level as they think they are.
"We see the players on television and they look bigger than they are," he said.
"The boys can see them and realise what they are like."
Cox expects the inspiration from watching the Capras play to ripple through the team and force a performance the home crowd has never seen before from the Magpies.
The added bonus is the local challenge against opponents Agnes Water Marlins.
"It is always a little bit extra energy involved between us," he said.
"It is going to be big, going to be terrific."
In his 12 years experience with the Magpies, Cox knows he has not seen anything as big as welcoming Queensland Cup and the opening round.
It is also bigger because of the inclusion of a sixth team, which he will watch closely.
"It is exciting to see the new side come in," he said.
"We will see what we are up against."
Capras v Souths Logan
Miriam Vale - March 14
- South Kolan v Burnett Heads 1pm
- Avondale v Gin Gin 2.30pm
- CQ Capras v Souths Logan Magpies 4pm
- Miriam Vale v Agnes Water 6.30pm
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