Bond University Breakers’ season kicks off
THE Bond University Breakers are ready to stake their claim in the Queensland Premier Rugby Competition, after officially launching their season and partnership with the University on Tuesday night.
The star studded on-campus launch showcased the Club’s ambitions and aspirations for the 2013 season ahead.
Guest speakers, Wallaby legends, Chris ‘Buddha’ Handy and Tim Horan reaffirmed the importance of the ‘brotherhood bond’ and the community coming together to support their team.
The Breakers now have access to Bond University’s new high-performance sports facilities and the re-energised and reconstructed sports fields.
The Club has appointed a full time rugby manager in Tim Rowlands and has persuaded the Queensland Rugby Union (QRU) to allow them to have a 1st grade side in the Brisbane competition.
Bond University Breakers President, Mr Warren Carey said the QRU agreed for the Club to field a Premier, 1st grade and Colts side, which gave the Colts the opportunity and time to adjust to playing at a higher level.
“We were losing too many players that played in our Colts under 19's to Brisbane clubs and some of the boys were not ready to progress to Premier Rugby due to size or skill set,” he said.
With seventeen years in the competition, the Breakers have played in five Premiership Grand Finals, winning in 2004. The club has produced some quality players that have gone on to represent their state and country, with the likes of James Slipper, Ben Daley and Ben Tapuai just to name a few.
The players are ready to prove that the Breakers are a well disciplined and motivated team, ready to open the season with high energy and enthusiasm against the Sunshine Coast Stingrays this weekend.
The teams have had an interrupted pre-season due to poor weather and the rebuilding of the rugby field, but say they are ready to kick off the season strong.
“The boys are pumped. They also want to make their new home a fortress,” said Carey.
Senior Head Coach, Rob ‘Tiny’ Nowlan, says he wants the players to do their best, improve their skills and be competitive.
“Now having a 1st grade team, it places pressure on the Premier players to perform each week, but most of all I want to establish a club culture, where the boys can have fun and enjoy themselves,” Nowlan said.
Newly appointed captain, Dan Collins is ready to lead the team and club to premiership glory. Collins started in the Colts side and played his way up to the Premier ranks.
“Dan has come through the Breakers system straight from school and has travelled the world playing rugby in many representative teams.
He is a perfect example of the pathway we are providing,” said Carey.
With a new Club house and grand stands ready just in time for the first home game, the community is encouraged to get down to the Bond University rugby field this Saturday, March 23rd to support the team and be a part of what’s sure to be a successful season for the Bond University Breakers.
“If you want to have some fun and enjoy a great friendly sporting environment and a competitive contest, come to Bond Uni,” Carey said.
The Premier Colts play at 1:30pm and the Premier Team kicks off at 3pm.