AARON Hall is a confident footballer, always ready to lead his troops into battle on the paddock.
As Gladstone's representative captain, on top of being the premiership skipper for Valleys last season, it was only a matter of time until Hall took the next step.
Still spritely at 26 years of age, Hall is ready for his first taste of the Intrust Super Cup, even if it is only in a trial match, for the CQ Capras against the Sunshine Coast on Saturday afternoon.
Coming into the side through the newly implemented training program in Gladstone, Hall is keen on playing at Miriam Vale's Gary Larson Oval in what he expects will be a faster match than he has experienced before.
"I am not really sure what to expect,'' Hall said. "It will be fast and difficult.
"I am looking forward to just getting out there and seeing what it is like."
Coming into the Gladstone league two years ago after moving from his lifelong place of residence in Bundaberg, Hall has seamlessly made the progression into what is a tough league.
Readying himself to do the same with the Capras, one of the main hindrances for him is the lack of knowledge of his teammates.
"It is hard not knowing anybody yet," Hall said. "I hope I don't make any mistakes, and do a good job."
With the main aim of breaking into the Capras' squad for the entire season, the second rower, a plumber by trade, says the trial offers the perfect opportunity against a team which always proves itself tough.
Resilient on and off the field, Hall said even if the opportunity to bust into the top side passed initially, he would persist, determined to make his mark felt.
"I'll keep training,'' he said. "It is going to be tough to get in. For this week though, I have been named at 11."
CQ Capras vs Sunshine Coast:
- When: Saturday 5pm
- Where: Gary Larson Oval, Miriam Vale
- What: Intrust Super Cup Trial