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Griffith Thomas and Griffith Thomas | 30th May 2012 8:40 AM ONE of rugby league's favourite sons believes a National Rugby League team based in Central Queensland would do wonders for the Fraser Coast.
Hervey Bay’s Joshua Sander is one of many junior players on the Fraser Coast who could one day be playing for Central Queensland in the NRL. Alistair Brightman
ONE of rugby league's favourite sons believes a National Rugby League team based in Central Queensland would do wonders for the Fraser Coast.
While in Maryborough yesterday, retired Gold Coast Titans star Preston Campbell said if the CQ NRL Bid was awarded an NRL licence it would be beneficial to regional junior players wanting to play at the elite level.
"I think it would be great to have a team around this area," he said.
"You look at Brisbane down south and the Cowboys up north, that's a long way in-between.
"You do get a rare guy from around here that gets to go down (to Brisbane) and show their wares, whether it's at summer training or with a squad, but it would be good to see if there were more opportunities for them.
"Obviously more opportunities gives them more of an opportunity to make it."
Central Queensland is among several locations vying for an NRL franchise, including Perth, Ipswich and a second Brisbane-based team.
Although it has produced current NRL players Nick Emmett and Maurice Blair, the Fraser Coast isn't regarded as a fertile breeding ground for rugby league prospects.
But Campbell believed a Central Queensland team would quickly change that.
"It would give the young fellas in and around the area something to aspire too," he said.
"They'll know that when they're playing for their local club, their community and their families."
A country boy himself hailing from Inverell in northern New South Wales, Campbell said another reason why the NRL should consider expanding to Central Queensland was so it could curtail any future plans the AFL might have of making a push into the rugby league heartland.
"There is always going to be talk about that and the AFL is of course massive and has a lot more money than rugby league," he said. "But hopefully when they (ARL commission) have the TV (rights) talks, that brings a boost to the game."
But he said no amount of money would ever see the AFL win over the hearts and minds of rugby league diehards.
"The AFL can afford to give all these giveaways to kids and that's what draws them in, but the thing rugby league has on its side is that people still love the game and they want to play it," he said.
"They feel it in their hearts and that's what keeps them turning up."
Tags: brenton williamson, cq capras, intrust super cup CQ Capras chief executive Brenton Williamson is counting down the days before the first television transmission of an Intrust Super Cup fixture.
Capras CEO Brenton Williamson checks out one of the camera angles from above Browne Park. Sharyn Oneill Rokscapra
CQ Capras chief executive Brenton Williamson is counting down the days before the first television transmission of an Intrust Super Cup fixture from Browne Park.
"It is an experience we have never been able to offer before," he said.
While the Capras enjoyed good corporate support, to be able to provide a little extra in the form of a live game being beamed across the state is a bonus.
In the past, clubs in the south-east of the state have had the luxury of having a couple of games televised from their home ground and this provides the bonus of being able to assure sponsors of televised matches being screened and their company name relayed.
"For clubs in the south-east corner the likelihood of televised games increases," he said.
"Our sponsors haven't had the same exposure for their signage."
With less than two weeks to the big day on June 17, Williamson is busy ensuring the Capras make the most of this unique opportunity.
"Capricorn Enterprises will be the game day sponsor," he announced.
"The club is very grateful to Capricorn Enterprises."
A part of the match day promotion for Capricorn Enterprises will be having their logo painted on the Browne Park playing surface.
"It is a great opportunity to be live on Channel 9," he said.
Williamson is confident the game being live will not have a detrimental effect on the match day attendance. In fact Williamson believed the game would produce a bumper crowd with a total of 3000 spectators confidently expected.
The Capras CEO is also aware the success of the live game will assist the CQ NRL Bid.
Last weekend the area expected to feature as CQ's main rival Ipswich was the feature game against Northern Pride. The match lacked atmosphere with a small crowd in attendance.
"If we can get 3000 people at Browne Park and they are vocal it will be great," he said.
"We want people in Central Queensland to vote with feet."
The televised match against Norths Devils only provides a part of the afternoon's entertainment with Gladstone visiting for matches against Rockhampton in both A-grade and under-20s.
It is almost like a trial run on Sunday for the Capras as they face the Wynnum Manly Sea Eagles at Browne Park.
The match is a test to see how far the young CQ team has progressed after the drubbing it received from the Sea Eagles in the first round.
Players who were a part of that severe mauling will be looking to exact revenge on a very good Wynnum side.
Surprisingly the Sea Eagles suffered a few reversals in recent weeks but that could provide the hunger to get back on track.
Williamson was looking at a crowd of 2000 for the game with the CQ public wanting to assist the Capras in setting the records straight.
Sunday's game is at 2.30pm with Junior Capras trial games taking place throughout the day from 8am.
Great News Central Queensland! The Stadium that is vitally important to the CQ NRL Bid’s success in acquiring a NRL license has been confirmed by the State Government. Last week, the CQ NRL Bid Chairman, Geoff Murphy and I, met with the State Government Minister for Sport, Steve Dickson, in his office at Parliament House in Brisbane, and with his Director General Mr Rhys Turner. Minister Dickson delivered this great news to us personally. “If the CQ NRL Bid acquires a NRL License, the Government will provide the compliant Stadium, and you can guarantee this to the NRL – it will happen – it is written in stone” Minister Dickson said last week.
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