Barbarians change venue to bring in new blood

THE Capricornia Barbarians are hoping a change of their home base may bring in new faces for the 2015 season.

They are moving from Boyne Island Oval to Gladstone.

The club will not be using the AFL posts at Clinton Oval though, instead heading over to the Briffney Creek Fields where touch football is regularly played.

Having had a lot of interest in the masters side, Rod Spice said the team had made the decision to allow for the majority of players to have less travel, making the sport more inviting for potential members as well.

"We are looking for new blood," he said.

"We have had a lot of people say they will have a go and now there is no excuse."

Although it was not a serious club, Spice said the best part of the club was that players got exercise while having a lot of fun with mates.

With a big flow of players over the years, Spice and the current Barbarians want more people on board heading into the first match of the year, a fun hit-out against the Gladstone Mudcrabs.

"We have that game coming up on January 31," Spice said.

"It is great for anyone over 30 who lacks exercise.

"For me, it doesn't feel like running. When you put a ball in my hands it is all fun.

"It is all social, but we get a sweat up, which is good."

The plan for the Barbarians is to get a good number of players keen for the upcoming North Queensland AFL Masters Carnival on March 7 in Cairns.

While the Barbarians are hoping to improve on the grand final loss from last year, Spice encouraged players with no experience to think about having a kick with the team as well.

"We are doing the sausage sizzle at Bunnings on Australia Day so come down and have a chat about it with us," Spice said.

"We are also unveiling new jerseys on our next game."

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