Weekend camp gets stamp of approval
RUGBY LEAGUE: They only went 40 minutes down the road, but CQ Capras coach Kim Williams called the weekend's camp the best one of his coaching career.
Not one of a psychopathic flogging of his charges a la Craig Bellamy or Wayne Bennett, the weekend at schoolboy powerhouse St Brendan's College was based around having ball in hand.
"I'm not one for them (sic) concentration camp types, but Saturday morning was a couple of tough sessions around the hills and for 90 minutes it was really tough,” he said.
"It was fitness orientated, mental stuff in the heat. The boys all got through it, with a bit of vomit.
"Then across the next day and a half we have five field sessions. We got two weeks' worth of stuff covered.”
"We ticked all the boxes; playing under fatigue, mental toughness, trust in each other and lots of footy.
"It is the best camp I have been involved in.”
Saturday evening was a relaxed night of fun, problem solving and team building. Crucially, it gave Williams a chance to identify his leadership group, which will be announced today.
"It was really vital to observe the emerging leaders, and in those exercises they naturally stepped up,” he said.
"Vic Halfpenny - his first year at this level last year and played 19 games - he is a smaller forward and has recognised he needs to work really hard. I was very impressed with him, he showed he was probably our fittest player.
"Aleki Falepaini and Guy Williams were voted the best on the camp by the boys. And Kris Freeman and Jack Madden, all things combined, really stood out for me.”
The only blight of the Capras' week, another injury to luckless forward, Josh Johnston.
"Feel so sorry for him, just a great team man, so positive and it's two years in a row he has copped an early injury,” he said of the promising Capra.
"Looks like a dislocation but it went back in so no breaks. With scans tomorrow, we're expecting serious ligament damage.
"He is a tough, positive character and will stay in good spirits.
"He is a popular guy in the group and should be back by round 5.”