Capras bring ‘top-flight footy’

Block­buster open­ing day at Miriam Vale starts huge league sea­son

Isis Town and Country - - Kolan News - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

RUGBY league lovers in Miriam Vale will have more footy than they can poke a stick at come March 14.

In what can only be de­scribed as a huge coup for the Mag­pies, the Cen­tral Queens­land Capras will play their sec­ond In­trust Su­per Cup game of the sea­son be­tween at least two sea­son-open­ing North­ern Dis­tricts Rugby League games.

The pro­posal will see two NDRL games played in the af­ter­noon as a cur­tain raiser to the Capras’ fix­ture, with the third NDRL game of the round played im­me­di­ately af­ter­wards.

The Capras will play Souths Lo­gan Mag­pies.

It is not the first time the Capras have ven­tured to Miriam Vale, with the Bris­bane Bron­cos-aligned feeder club ven­tur­ing to Gary Lar­son Oval last year for a trial game.

Capras op­er­a­tions manager Ed­die Do­herty said that ex­pe­ri­ence ex­ceeded the club’s ex­pec­ta­tions, so when the op­por­tu­nity to run a full day of games with NDRL came along the club was happy to oblige.

“The weather was ter­ri­ble but we still man­aged to get more than 3000 peo­ple there,” Do­herty said.

While fans will po­ten­tially get the chance to see fringe Bron­cos play­ers, there is an op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal play­ers to make their big break.

Do­herty said when the Capras took a game to Emer­ald last year they picked up lo­cal tal­ent Ray Eb­sworth af­ter see­ing him play in a lo­cal fix­ture.

NDRL of­fi­cials were more than happy to resched­ule their games to the Satur­day evening, though one small span­ner may en­ter the works.

An un­named club had much of their team in doubt

Robert Red­fern

Ev­ery­thing is look­ing good to go.

for the round as it clashed with a player’s wed­ding, and “half the team” would be un­avail­able.

The NDRL is cur­rently work­ing to ad­dress the is­sue, which could see one of the games post­poned or for­feited.

“We’re po­ten­tially look­ing at three to four games on the day,” NDRL sec­re­tary Robert “Neil” Red­fern said.

“At this stage we be­lieve we’ve done ev­ery­thing we need.

“Ev­ery­thing is look­ing good to go.”

De­spite the game tech­ni­cally be­ing a Souths Lo­gan home game, Do­herty said the Bris­bane-based club had a pas­sion for coun­try rugby league.

“Souths are very keen to en­sure peo­ple in the coun­try get to ex­pe­ri­ence top-flight footy,” Do­herty said.

PHOTO: AL­LAN REINIKKA

READY: Capras cap­tain Gavin His­cox pre­pares to play the ball dur­ing the club's 2015 In­trust Su­per Cup pre­sea­son camp.

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