AFL Masters Barbarians Come and Try Day, Dennis Park, Boyne Island.
AFL Masters Barbarians Come and Try Day, Dennis Park, Boyne Island. Tom Huntley

Barbarians have sights set on match fitness

DISASTROUS weather may have stopped their opponents from arriving but it won't stop the Capricornia Barbarians Masters from running out on the field today.

They've changed plans, changed fields and changed opponents, but Barbarians president and coach Rod Spice said no matter what, there would be a game.

"We'll keep going," Spice said.

Barbarians was meant to face off against the Bundaberg Brewers but due to the extreme weather the town has faced, Spice said they could not make it. But he said they would play on in their honour.

Spice said it was a vital training run ahead of the Cairns Masters Carnival on March 9.

"This is the one thing we do do every year."

So, in need of some game practice, Barbarians invited Gladstone Mudcrabs and BITS Saints to the Tannum Sands High School oval at 4pm this afternoon to play against the masters.

"Hopefully, they will take it easy on us," Spice said.

In fact, he said it could work in their favour.

"We want to play against the young guys, to give us an edge against the older guys in Cairns. There is nothing like match fitness. That is what you want to build up."

A dedicated contingent of players have been training through all of the wet weather to prepare for the carnival which Spice said 34 barbarians would attend.

In Cairns, the Barbarians will also take part in the first annual fishing competition with bragging rights on the line.

Spice encouraged people to come and see what the club was about. Although Barbarians enjoyed the odd carnival and game day, he said they were "all about not getting fat".



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