THE Men charged with helping the Coolangatta-Tweed Barbarians from
THE Men charged with helping the Coolangatta-Tweed Barbarians from "almost finalists" to real premiership contenders - from lef

Flying fitness start

By TANIA PHILLIPS

COOLANGATTA-Tweed Barbarians have a new coach, new president and a new fitness regime and are hoping for a change of luck on the field in the forthcoming Gold Coast and District Rugby Union season.

The Baa Baas narrowly missed the finals last season despite some giant-killing wins but new mentor Phil Brown is hop- ing for a more successful year.

Brown, who takes over from David Proctor, believes a couple of close losses due to a lack of fitness early in the season could have cost them a spot in the finals.

"Last year the firsts missed a couple of early wins by one or two points because they weren't fit enough," he said.

"But we have put a new fitness coach in place so hopefully it won't happen this time."

David Bell from the Fighting Fitness Gymnasium in South Tweed will fill the role of "fitness guru".

"I'll be supplying a totally professional training platform," Bell said.

Brown, who played 10 years in subdistrict Rugby in Sydney with Newport Breakers before moving into coaching, said the addition of Bell as a major asset to the club.

However he said they were still looking for more managers players and other interested people to help with the running of the club.

Brown steps into the first grade role after mentoring the second's last season.

He said the second's were very competitive when they were not worried by injury problems and he was hoping for more depth throughout the club.

New president Sebastian Koppell, last year's vice president, said the club would run at least two senior grades in 2006 as well as a Colts team. The Baa Baas start training at their Goodwin Park ground from 6pm (Qld) on Tuesday afternoon.



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