MISSING out on the finals in 2015 was a bitter blow for the Blackwater Basilisks who have made a host of off-field changes.
Changes to the club president and committee and head coach who hopefully prove a catalyst to a more positive season.
Incoming coach Eric Smyth has no doubt the club will see those changes reflected positively on the field.
"We have made a lot of changes to the club this year but the impact is relatively minimal," Smyth said.
"Importantly, they are all former players or have been involved around the traps at the club.
"They know what is happening and what should be happening, it definitely makes my job easier as a coach."
Smyth has coached a vast amount of junior rep sides in his time and while he is yet to coach at a senior level, has no doubt he can do the job.
"I am a straight up and down coach," he said.
"I make calls as I see fit and haven't had any problems with players in the past.
"The boys began their pre-season training at the start of the year and we have had a solid core to our sessions.
"Neil Dellar my number 8 has done plenty of work in the off season, gym work as is looking very strong. He is leading the way in training.
"We are still chasing any new players to the club so they should come sign on this week, whether they have played before or not, everyone is welcome."
With nine weeks till the first round of CH competition the timing is right for a hit-out as one.
That game is this weekend with the Basilisks heading west to Barcaldine for the Western Challenge.
"It is a good chance for us to get some match fitness, I just want the guys to have a good solid hit-out and enjoy some rugby," he said.
"It's very important for us to be able to help them out.
"Unfortunately they don't have a comp and it is just part of our job to help them out.
"We are looking forward to the game."
President - Dean Coppo, Vice President Seniors - Peter Webb, Vice President Juniors - Eric Smyth, Treasurer - Neil Dellar, Secretary - Jeff Hansen, Social Director - Brady Kuhl, Team Registrar - Ray Bellert, Canteern Co-ordinator - Kerri Bellert, Coach - Eric Smyth
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