Capras to play matches in Clermont and Moranbah
CLERMONT'S Chris McLean, Benny Breckon and Brendan Grulke will soon be playing in front of their home town, except this time they'll be in a different strip.
The CQ Capras on Monday announced the team would play its final trial match in Moranbah on Saturday, March 2, and its Round 5 match against Norths Devils in Clermont on April 13.
McLean is Norths Devils co-captain and Breckon and Grulke, who played for the Clermont Bears in 2012, are part of the CQ Capras.
Bears' vice-president Mick Roach said the Round 5 game appealed to the club because of the local talent involved.
"It's a good initiative by the Capras to give the opportunity to host a Queensland Cup game in Clermont," he said.
"It's really good for the town."
Roach said he hoped to make it a football day from sunrise to sunset.
The March 2 trial match between the Capras and Moranbah Miners promises to be action-packed, with the home side under the leadership of former North Queensland Cowboys player Josh Hannay.
The committee is still in the early days of planning, and Roach said more details were to be released in the coming weeks.
Moranbah Miners president Steve Williamson said the Capras would field an A-grade team, with the Capras under-20 squad to play a combined team of Miners reserves and U18 players.
"It will be a good hard hit-out," Williamson said.
"We can see where we are at before the season starts."
Despite former Melbourne Storm player Jaiman Lowe signing with the side for the year, Williamson could not confirm whether Lowe would make his Miners debut.
"We will have a competitive squad," he said.
"It will give the boys exposure.
"I gave the names of a few to keep an eye on so, they might have the chance to be picked up by the Capras."