Capras launch Easter action
A QUICK turnaround and personal illness has not dampened the spirit of Capras CEO Brenton Williamson.
Coming off a Sunday fixture against the Ipswich Jets, the Central Queensland team was given just four days to prepare for tomorrow night's match against Northern Pride.
It is not just a problem for players and coaching staff but also for administrators as the club has been successfully marketing itself as a Sunday afternoon family entertainment package.
"It (Thursday kick-off) makes it interesting," he admitted.
Williamson said the way the competition is structured, the clubs in the south east are able to hold a club day for each of their home matches. "Northern Pride were going to bring their 16s and 18s," he said. "That would have made it a big day of footy."
Unfortunately, the Cairns-based team was unable to secure its normal charted plane and therefore that plan was scraped.
Undeterred, Williamson is confident it will still be a night supporters won't want to miss.
"I think it is a great opportunity to attract a big crowd on a Thursday night," he said.
With the fixture being the start of the Easter break, Williamson expects companies and local rugby league clubs to hold their Easter celebrations at Browne Park while offering their support to the Capras.
"Senior local league sides have shown interest," he said. "We have some very positive plans."
Williamson said there will be entertainment for more than an hour before the start of the game with professional DJ's from the Heritage Hotel playing their upbeat brand of music.
The chief executive hopes supporters from Sunday's match will return to the park tomorrow night.
"It was really encouraging," he said. "Especially given the results of our previous two matches."
"It is great having the crowd get involved."
"A good portion of the crowd stayed behind (after the Capras' warm-down) to clap the boys off."
"There is nothing better then a noisy grandstand."
Williamson would love to hear crowds provide support at every game. "Like crowds in the English Premier League but that did not happen in a day," he said.
Obviously the main drawcard is the match and Williamson said Northern Pride will provide plenty for the crowd to enjoy.
"They will have players with NRL experience and in Ty Williams, someone who has played for Queensland," he said.
Gates open at Browne Park at 5.30pm tomorrow with kick-off at 7pm.
The Morning Bulletin apologises for an error in Saturday's edition where a subbing mistake resulted in the day of the Ipswich Jets game being incorrect.
Who: Central Queensland Capras v Northern Pride
Gates open: 5.30pm
Where: Rockhampton, Browne Park