Capella sends in old dogs
NOT even a blast from the past could save the understrength Capella Cattledogs at the weekend, beaten 48-21 by Moranbah Bulls.
Among the 14-strong Capella contingent taking the field on Saturday were a number of “old school” players who answered the Cattledog call to help boost numbers.
Fly-half Corey Sullivan was one who jumped at the opportunity to don the Capella colours after a number of years out of the game.
The fleet-footed playmaker looked like he never missed a match, club president Tim Reeves said, slotting no less than three goals from the sideline and dishing out some stiff goal line defence to restrict the half-time score to just 19-16 in favour of the Bulls.
Cattledogs scrum-half Cameron Reddy also made his presence felt with a 40m runaway try under the posts.
But with little training under their belts and struggling for fitness, the second-half was a blow-out for Capella’s latest recruits.
“The fact we kept them out for most of the first 40 minutes was a positive,” Reeves said. “We just didn’t have the legs to finish it off.
“There was talk of forfeiting during the week but we knew with the game being a double-header, it was important to field a side and get the one point at least.”
Capella clashes with Clermont Bushpigs tonight in round 11 of the Central Highlands rugby union competition, ahead of this weekend’s Queensland Country Muster in Tieri.
Queensland Reds CQ Regional Development manager Joel Johnston yesterday confirmed the arrival of the junior representative teams from as far afield as Cairns and Townsville in the north.
Players will be looking to make the most of the exposure with a number of top-line talent scouts from the Queensland Reds also doing the rounds during competition.
The trial games kick off in Tieri from 9am and will continue through until around 3pm tomorrow afternoon.