Seag­ulls bol­ster stocks

Lea­pai was la­belled a fu­ture star of the NRL when he was signed by the Can­berra Raiders when he was 15, but lost his love of the game after he was slammed with a year-long sus­pen­sion by the QRL.

Isis Town and Country - - Sport - By BEN TURN­BULL

FOR some rugby league play­ers, the thought of pre-sea­son train­ing sends a shiver up their spine – weights ses­sions and end­less laps of the field fol­lowed by tack­ling drills are al­ways dreaded – and many nights on the pad­dock are terrifying.

Some look to past team fail­ures or vic­to­ries for mo­ti­va­tion, and oth­ers search inside them­selves for the drive to con­tinue when the sweat is pour­ing off their bod­ies and the coach is bear­ing down on them.

But the Childers and Bund­aberg-based play­ers who will line up in the A-grade com­pe­ti­tion should only look to Her­vey Bay for the ex­tra boost they need to put them­selves through the tor­ture of the next eight weeks be­fore round one, be­cause one team from down south is on a charge be­fore the sea­son starts.

Not con­tent with be­ing a part-time chal­lenger for the Bund­aberg Rugby League ti­tle, the Seag­ulls have gone on a sign­ing spree that has boosted their chances of win­ning the ti­tle.

Her­vey Bay has se­cured for­mer Q-Cup player Tye Inge­brigt­sen (cap­tain-coach), David Lea­pai, who was courted by three NRL clubs and rep­re­sented Queens­land, Will Ele­mani, Brothers premier­ship prop Brad Jung and his nephew from Wal­la­roosWill Jung, Ama Fia­lene, Kyle Greaves (re­turn­ing), Adam Roderick (re­turn­ing) and Ricky Boehme (re­turn­ing).

Lea­pai was la­belled a fu­ture star of the NRL when he was signed by the Can­berra Raiders when he was 15, but lost his love of the game after he was slammed with a year-long sus­pen­sion by the QRL.

In Oc­to­ber, 2012, the QRL’s south-east di­vi­sion slapped an un­prece­dented year-long sus­pen­sion on more than 50 Bris­bane ju­niors, in­clud­ing Lea­pai, in­volved in a grand fi­nal brawl, but he learned what was im­por­tant to him – fam­ily.

Lea­pai ar­rived in the Bay at the week­end with fam­ily and it was re­ported in the Fraser Coast Chron­i­cle he was play­ing for free.

A con­tent Lea­pai play­ing be­hind a for­ward pack filled with en­thu­si­asm and ex­pe­ri­ence could be tough to con­tain.

Brothers, Easts, Isis, Waves Tigers and Wests will have their own sign­ings to an­nounce in the com­ing weeks but the thing that will af­fect them all for now are the play­ers who have moved on.

And it looks like Easts are go­ing to have the most ground to make up.

While Brothers have lost Jung to Her­vey Bay, the Mag­pies have lost most of their dan­ger­ous back­line from 2014.

The Marschke twins, Ben and Jesse, were in the Syd­ney Roosters sum­mer rep­re­sen­ta­tive squads and are chas­ing NRL ca­reers and Cody Maughan, who signed with the Cow­boys un­der-20 team, will be missed by the Mag­pies.

In the com­ing weeks, the lo­cal clubs will an­nounce their squads for the 2015 sea­son and it will be seen if they have what it takes to com­pete with the Seag­ulls in the 2015 A-grade sea­son.

Un­til then, the fans of the Childers and Bund­aberg clubs will have to wait and see who wears their team’s jersey.

PHOTO: MIKE KNOTT BUN090814LEA4

SLOW DOWN: Eastsí Kyle Lay­butt and Rhys Neil bring down Brad Jung at Sal­ter Oval.

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