CENTRAL Queensland Capras coach John Harbin was the first to admit he had a tough task ahead of him in Blackwater tomorrow, facing Intrust Super Cup premiership favourites the Ipswich Jets.
It will be the Central Highlands' first opportunity this season to host a state league clash, with the Queensland teams set to descend on Blackwater for the competition's Country Week round.
Harbin said he was determined to finish the year on a positive note.
"A lot of critics said we would finish the season with the wooden spoon," Harbin said.
"Some said we wouldn't win a game. Well, we're out to prove them wrong."
The job will not be easy after this week's resignation of the Capras chief executive Brenton Williamson, effective at the season's end.
Adding to their woes was the bleeding of top-line NRL talent.
"We haven't had an NRL player back this year and some clubs have had five or six," Harbin said.
"The bad thing is we're probably not as competitive. The great thing is that it allows younger players the chance to play against the best."
The Rockhampton-based outfit will not be completely void of experience, with the Capras' captain and soon-to-be Melbourne Storm recruit, Tim Glasby, sure to offer plenty of direction.
Ipswich will be on a high after a 14-point win over Tweed Heads at the weekend.
It was March 2011 when the the Capras, formerly the Comets, last ventured west for a state league encounter.
The trial match in Emerald against the Mackay Cutters ended in a win for the Capras under the then-coach Wayne Barnett. Harbin is hoping for much the same.
Kick-off is 2pm.
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