Raiders pre­pare for round one in Bowen

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

RUGBY UNION: The Whit­sun­day Raiders may play a lit­tle dif­fer­ently this year.

Up against the Bowen Mud­crabs this week­end in the Mackay com­pe­ti­tion, new coach Kon Fla­herty said he’d be bring­ing a new mind­set to the team.

“We put a sur­vey out to the play­ers ear­lier in the year to see what they wanted out of play­ing.

“The mes­sage we got is they wanted to be com­pet­i­tive and en­joy it at the same time,” he said.

“Ev­ery­one can be ul­tra com­pet­i­tive and make fi­nals and we would like to do that but our main goal is to en­joy it... the so­cial side as well as the com­pet­i­tive side.”

Fla­herty is a true stal­wart of the club, be­ing awarded a life mem­ber­ship in 2015.

He said the first few games of the sea­son would be more like tri­als and that it would take a hand­ful of games to get a gauge on how the team is go­ing.

Fla­herty said he’d like to get as much sup­port as pos­si­ble at their first game.

“We’re look­ing to get ev­ery­one down there and have a look whether you’re a player or sup­porter,” he said.

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