Bilambil aim to go all the way
WITH the services of veteran mentor Troy McCarthy secured for another year the Bilambil Jets are ready to launch into pre-season training.
The Jets A-graders were firing on all cylinders in 2009, enjoying one of their best Gold Coast Rugby League campaigns to date in which they finished third and toppled both the minor premiers (Southport) and runners-up (Tugun) en route to a physical and memorable grand final showdown.
However, the painful memories of one poor half of football that ultimately cost them the premiership still lingers in the mind of McCarthy’s men.
“It was devastating to get so far and fall short at the final hurdle,” centre Guy Lanston said.
“But that won’t be the case this year – Bilambil will be premiers.
“We were a young team who are all the better for another season together.
“Most of the boys have put pen to paper and are back onboard, and we look like signing some good new talent too, like Yellen McGrady, so we’ll be a lot stronger when the season gets under way.”
McCarthy has coached sides to nine grand finals over the past nine years, including the Tweed Heads Seagulls to the Queensland Cup title, and hence it was no surprise his signature was high on the list of off-season priorities at the Jets.
Together with Ken Taylor (reserve grade), Ben King (under-19s) and Kane Stennard (under-17s), Bilambil president Peter Rigney believes he boasts the best coaching calibre on the Coast.
“Troy’s record speaks for itself,” Rigney said. “We’ve told him we’re happy to have him at the club as long as he wants, but obviously a coach of his calibre is going to attract interest from other parties.
“Troy’s a great bloke too, which is even better, and his encouragement of, and communication with, younger players is paramount to our success.”
Jets training recommences next week with a session at Tallebudgera Fitness Camp from 6.30pm on Tuesday and at Bilambil Football Ground from 6.30pm on Thursday.
While all four grades at the proud club reached the semi-finals in 2009, and three continued on to the main event, no silverware was won.
The buzz around Bilambil though, is that the trophy cabinet will be getting a workout come the end of the 2010 season.