RAIN soaked Gary Larson Oval on Saturday, leaving boots struggling to find grip and hands working hard to clasp the ball.
The wet conditions did little to dampen the mood of spectators watching the CQ Capras tackle the Sunshine Coast Falcons though, a boisterous and hardy crowd welcoming in the new season.
Running away with the first match, the under-21 encounter, the Capras set a top standard of play for the Intrust Super Cup teams to follow. The match did not disappoint.
Although conditions were difficult and slippery, the standard was high for the first hit-out of the season.
"The quality of play was exceptional, a lot of talent on display," Gary Larson Oval Enhancement Group chairman Owen Harms said.
"We had around 1000 despite the weather, I think we could drastically improve that if it was a good day."
Harms plans to as well, smiling with delight and hopeful he can coerce the Capras to return for a similar fixture next year.
The regional game is something coach Jason Hetherington thrives on as well, giving the admiring crowds a memory while not being too concerned about the score.
"It was a good trial and I thought it was great here at Miriam Vale," Hetherington said. "I would really love to come back and have another game here."
The Capras' next trial is at Browne Park in Rockhampton on Saturday against the newly-introduced Papua New Guinea side.
Results: Capras v Sunshine Coast
- U21: Capras 40 d Falcons 10
- ISC: Falcons 38 d Capras 28