Baa Baas back in business
THE Coolangatta Tweed Barbarians faced the possibility of folding in the off-season, but a group of senior players stepped up and the club is now eyeing off a Gold Coast Rugby Union second grade premiership.
Crippled by debts with few players and little sponsorship, the future was looking bleak for the club that was a Far North Coast Rugby Union first grade grand finalist just a few years ago.
It was a late decision to enter a second grade team into the 2011 Gold Coast competition, but club captain David Jacobs is glad it happened.
“It has come along finally, we weren’t too sure whether we were going to be a club, then the senior boys put their hands up and took on some roles,” he said.
“The club was in a bit of trouble, there wasn’t too many numbers, so we decided to start off fresh, start from second grade and build the club back up to what it used to be.”
Without any pre-season trials to their credit, the Baa Baas have given a good account of themselves two rounds into the season.
Surfers Paradise forfeited its first-round clash with the side, and the Barbarians held on for a draw against Nerang last round.
Jacobs said it was a game the side should have won.
“It was unfortunate we didn’t have any pre-season games. We probably should have put 30 to 40 points on Nerang on the weekend, but our lack of fitness kicked-in in the second half. We’ve had no games so our fitness isn’t quite there,” he said.
“It should be a different result this weekend against Colleges.”
Jacobs said the Baa Baas were building their game this year around a solid forward pack. Front-rowers Dave Fairley, Hira Moore and Nathan Jacobs all produced strong performances against Nerang.
“We have got a big, strong forward pack we play our game plan around. We have got the forwards to do it and our backline will work off that,” Jacobs said.
“We have finally got some depth in the front row which is good because that is what we have been lacking in the last couple of years.”
Jacobs said the Barbarians were in it for the long haul.
“It will take a while to build the club up to what it used to be, but once this season is over – and we are looking a big hope for the grand final – next year success brings more numbers and more sponsorship,” he said.