March 10 likely start date for Gladstone Goats
RUGBY UNION: Gladstone Rugby Union Football Club Goats are in full pre-season mode and the club is keen to build on from its second half-season surge from 2017.
Goats finished fourth last season after a tardy start with players not available due to representative duties.
Club president David O'Brien said the team had retained its core group of stars.
"All of the usual guns are still around,” he said.
"Eamon Chapman, Paul Tima, Bill Auld, Adam Conway and a couple of under-17s coming through with the return of Tommy Wright to the forward pack.”
O'Brien said numbers had been building throughout pre-season and some women had joined in.
It's hoped enough females aged 16 years and over are attracted to the club so Goats can field a team ahead of the Women's Rugby 7s.
O'Brien said Goats' ace David West had taken on a leadership role as well as mentoring the women.
"We will be taking a different approach this year with the senior team members running the team (and) being led by Dave West,” he said.
"There are specialists within the team that will focus on the fundamentals of backs and forwards set piece.
"Team culture is also big on the list with the guys stepping up to build strength in our club.”
Training is held each Tuesday and Thursday from 6-7.15pm at Gladstone Junior Rugby League Oval for men and women and all skill levels are encouraged to attend.