The Capalaba Warriors Under 14’s Division 2 boys’ team had a clean sweep of trophies during their 2018 rugby league season.
They were the Chairman’s Trophy winners at mid-season, Minor Premiers at the end of the rounds and Grand Final winners at the end of the season.
They also won two of the three coveted titles during 2017 as Under 13’s Division 3.
Their coach, Craig Weston, has recognised their potential and ability and has made his rugby league contacts in the United Kingdom aware of his team’s success.
The team has been invited to travel to Sheffield in the UK to witness and take part in training sessions, play a pre-match curtain raiser game at Sheffield Eagles and other games at Dearne Valley Bulldogs, learn and develop new football skills and training techniques and improve life skills and experience while playing in an exciting, overseas environment.
Starting nine years ago, a core group of young, enthusiastic rugby league players are now setting their sights on taking their skills overseas to the UK in 2020.
They have been constantly developing their skills and love of league since starting in Under 6’s and have just finished their Under 14’s season.
As Under 11’s they made the semi-finals three years ago, then in 2017, they really hit the afterburners and scored the best for and against points in the whole Brisbane rugby league competition.
Along with this achievement, they lost only one game throughout the season and were awarded with the Chairman’s Trophy at the halfway mark of the season when the two top teams play off and had a hard fought win in the grand final which was played in good spirits.
The players were already showing much improved cohesion from their 2017 campaign under coach Aaron Tesch, who took them to top honours last year.
His efforts were recognised by being awarded 2017 International Coach of the Year.
With their success in 2017, the Capalaba Warriors were able to move up a division to test their skills against bigger and stronger opposition.
Even though there was a change of coach and players leaving, new players joined to maintain the numbers and embrace the new challenge at hand.
The 2018 season started with a new coach, Craig Weston, with positive results that were achieved with a great pre-season training regime which provided early dividends in a higher league.