SEAGULLS ON TRIAL
RUGBY LEAGUE: First-year coach and Tannum Seagulls player Kevin Bartley is excited to see what his side can produce against a well-drilled CQ Capras under-20 team.
The first trial match of the season starts at 5pm today at Barry Nugent Fields and the contest may have an extra edge.
"Jacob Jones played for us and now he's in the Capras U20 squad,” Bartley said.
"We have Matt Wilson at number seven and he's also in the Capras U18 team.
"It will be a good hit-out with it being our first trial and first club game.”
There are other exciting players Bartley believes will make an impact in the game.
"Josh Steven plays in the centre and he's handy with the ball, quick and creative,” Bartley said.
"Jacob Gillespie is a front rower and Dean Larson and a few of the younger players will be getting a run.”
Spencer Thomas and Jordan Kellett both returned to the club after a few years off and they cannot wait to get stuck in.
"We started pre-season training back in late November and have been focussing on fitness and working on how to maintain possession of the ball,” Thomas said.
Kellett said the number of players at training had been a big positive and he hoped to be one of many players who left everything out on the field in today's trial match.
"I'm hoping to play to the best of my ability and the Capras U20 team will be pretty well drilled with their structures,” he said.
The Seagulls are one club that is bucking the trend of dwindling player numbers across various sports throughout the region, according to club president Shane Kenwood.
"We're the only club that is fielding four full sides and they are the A-grade, reserves, women and U20s,” Kenwood said.
"We're going to have a competitive side.
"Our seniors are working well with the juniors.”
Tannum Seagulls finished sixth in the extended Rockhampton Rugby League competition last year.