Sharks take bite of competition with big first up win
New Caloundra head coach Leigh de Jersey says his side is getting pretty excited about the upcoming season.
The Sharks haven't had a good run in the past few years in the A-grade Sunshine Coast rugby league competition, however, de Jersey believes his charges are up to the challenge.
"We've got some new recruits, a couple of old blokes have come back from years gone by who've had a few years off and some juniors coming through so it's exciting times," he said.
"It's early days (but) we've had a great pre-season, the next couple of weeks will tell us a bit more."
This year is a big one for the club as it marks 40 years since its first premiership.
"We're hoping we can pick up and have a good year," he said.
Caloundra met the Gympie Devils at the weekend for their first trial match of the season with the Sharks taking a big bite of confidence from the result, 44-10.
De Jersey might be a fresh face at the helm this season but he says he's definitely "a sharks boy through and through".
"My dad was a sharkie here back in the 70s, myself in the late 80s and now my son is here playing," he said.
"So we're a Sharks family that's for sure.
"Im so excited I'm counting the sleeps."
He's not the only one with new club captain Ben Marshall keen to hit the paddock.
"I'm feeling really good, we've had a very good off season and pre-season," he said.
"(We're) getting good numbers down at training and the boys have been training really good with heaps of energy.
The hooker, who has played with the Sharks since under 8s, said he felt privileged to take up the leadership role.
He was also happy with the coaching appointment.
"Leigh has been very good," he said.
"There's been a different vibe and feel around the club since he's come along I reckon.
"He's brought a few mates along that are helping him coach but he's doing a very good job and we're happy with him."
As for their competition this season, de Jersey is under no illusions it will be a tough fight to finals.
"Beerwah is looking quite strong with a lot of the recruits they've gotten," he said.
"Stanley River, obviously they're the benchmark from previous seasons.
"I think it's going to be a strong comp, the strongest comp we've had for a long time."