Blues open with new blood

Hard-working Paul Phillip is one of a handful of classy PNG players lining up for the Blues this season.
Hard-working Paul Phillip is one of a handful of classy PNG players lining up for the Blues this season.

THERE will be 10 new faces running on for Coolangatta when the Blues open their 2012 Queensland AFL Division 2 season with an away match against Palm Beach-Currumbin Lions at Salk Oval Friday night.

Coach Neil Mackay has had a huge turnover in personnel since last season, with players retiring, moving away from the district or switching to rival clubs.

The face which will be most missed at the Blues is that of Daniel "Dougie" Hawkins, a club stalwart who spilled the red and has been black and blue on numerous occasions during his long career at the club.

Hawkins has relocated to Gladstone due to work opportunities.

Replacing Hawkins as senior captain is another man who has given tremendous service to the Blues, Mark Greeney.

Mackay says the club is fortunate in that it has recruited several outstanding prospects who will make a major contribution to the Blues' premiership hopes this season.

Mackay said he didn't like to single out players but did say that Blues supporters will get a kick out of watching Jeremy Cross, Jack Ryan and Stanis Susave strut their stuff on the paddock.

"Stanis is from Papua-New Guinea - I'm confident he'll be yet another of our visitors from that country to make an impact with the Blues," Mackay said.

Ryan hails from Darwin and will be a fleet-footed on-baller while Cross, who is back from a sojourn in the United States, will slip into halfback where Mackay predicts he will prove to be an invaluable member of the team

The reserves game kicks off the action at 6pm while first bounce in the seniors is at 8pm.

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