Coaches look­ing to lead Brah­mans to vic­tory

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

RUGBY LEAGUE

THE Proser­pine Whit­sun­day Brah­mans are gear­ing up for a suc­cess­ful 2014 sea­son, and have named longterm lo­cal Billy Boyd and English front rower Cal­lum Wilkin­son as the co-coaches to lead the un­der-18s this year.

Wilkin­son will join a for­eign legion at the club which in­cludes A grade coach and for­mer Welsh in­ter­na­tional Anthony Black­wood.

Wilkin­son’s most re­cent achieve­ment was play­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tive foot­ball for the South Wales Scor­pi­ons be­fore re­lo­cat­ing to Aus­tralia ear­lier this year. He has also com­pleted a de­gree in sports coach­ing at the Cardiff Met­ro­pol­i­tan Univer­sity from 2010-2013, and is look­ing for­ward to leading the young side to the grand fi­nals this year.

“The play­ers and club com­mit­tee have been re­ally wel­com­ing and we have some very big boys in the 18’s side so I’m con­fi­dent we will have one of the strong­est for­ward packs in the com­pe­ti­tion,” he said. “I want to help the boys de­velop their skills so their tran­si­tion to A grade will be an easy step up for them.”

For­mer Brah­mans player Billy Boyd led the re­serves last year but was keen to take on the new role as co-coach of the un­der-18s.

Boyd is plan­ning to de­velop a sim­ple game plan that will play to the strengths of the side. Also new to coach­ing roles this year are re­serves cap­tain/coach Hugh Mid­dle­ton who will be tak­ing charge of the side for their 2014 sea­son and strength and con­di­tion­ing coach Karl Telford.

A mixed squad of Brah­mans play­ers trav­elled to Bowen on the weekend to com­pete in a full day car­ni­val against six rugby league teams from across the re­gion.

Black­wood said all play­ers per­formed well, with the team qual­i­fy­ing for the semi fi­nals. “Afew key play­ers sus­tained in­juries on the day other­wise I’m sure we would have gone fur­ther but it was noth­ing ma­jor,” he said.

A trial match be­tween the Brah­mans and the Mag­pies will be held at Les Stagg Oval in Proser­pine this Satur­day.

The un­der-18s will kick off at 6.30pm, with the re­serve/A grade to start at 6.30pm.

BRAH­MANS COACHES: Proser­pine Whit­sun­day Brah­mans un­der-18s co-coaches Cal­lum Wilkin­son and Billy Boyd, A grade coach Anthony Black­wood, re­serves coach Hugh Mid­dle­ton and strength and condti­tion­ing coach Karl Telford are ready to lead the Brah­mans in their 2014 sea­son.

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