Cap­tains pre­pared to bat­tle

Tablelands Advertiser - - SPORT - Kather­ine Kokko­nen

THE Ma­reeba Gla­di­a­tors co­cap­tains have their eyes firmly set on vic­tory when they lead the A-Grade team to bat­tle this CDRL sea­son.

Gla­di­a­tors stal­wart Ian King and new­comer Mad­die Oosen will cap­tain the side un­der the watch­ful eye of new coach, Tye Inge­brigt­sen.

This sea­son will be Oosen’s first time as a cap­tain of an AGrade team.

The 23-year-old hopes to in­spire the play­ers and to in­crease their com­mu­ni­ca­tion and sense of team­work.

“I’ll play the best footy I can and get the boys go­ing in the games,” Oosen said.

“I’m not a very big speaker off the field, but on the field I talk a fair bit.”

Oosen’s big goal is to at­tain a pre­mier­ship, which has so far proven elu­sive for the hooker.

He has been play­ing AGrade league since he was 17 and pre­vi­ously played for South­ern Suburbs, but said the con­nec­tion would not phase him when the teams meet.

“It’ll be pretty crazy. My brother plays for Ivan­hoes, so that’ll be pretty full-on as well,” Oosen said.

While still based in Cairns, Oosen hopes to soon move to the Table­lands, where his part­ner is from.

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