NEW COACH: David Krause in action against Kyogle last season.
NEW COACH: David Krause in action against Kyogle last season.

Krause the coach

By BARRY CHEADLE HE'S been a Bronco (of the London variety), a Crusher (of the South-East Queensland kind) and a Ram (of the Lismore Marist Brothers type), and he's excelled as a player with all those clubs.

Now David Krause has entered a new phase of his rugby league career: He's taken the reins as coach of Marist Brothers.

Krause has coached junior sides, but admits he has found that there's a 'bit more to it' at senior level. But the former backline star says he is enjoying it.

He already is 'up' on his coach-speak: What will be a satisfactory result for Brothers in his debut coaching season? "Our aim is always to win the competition. But we'll take it one week at a time."

'Week one' begins tomorrow with a clash which Krause the coach will savour as much as Krause the player did: Against arch-rivals Ballina Seagulls at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina.

The Rams will field some new and not-so-new faces in their line-up: Mark Sive-wright is back at fullback after a brief retirement, and former club junior Tim Green has returned to the game.

One new face who will spark plenty of interest is centre Wise Kativerata, who played NRL with St George Illawarra, South Sydney and Parramatta.

Gone are Dylan Coleman, Adrian Gooley and Graham Smallwood, but there's still plenty of class in the line-up.

For example, the halves are regular stand-out performers Brent Peterson and Paul Robinson; up front there is former NRL player Luke Scott and Des Maher.

Ballina coach Chris Binge, now in his third season as Seagulls mentor, has included last season's Under-18 stars Luke Bartlett (centre), Chris Coleman (front-rower) and Dan O'Connor (second-row).

Former Ballina junior Justin Carter (fullback) is back from Tweed Seagulls, and added experience will come from Willie Hammond (five-eighth) and representative forward and captain Dylan Montgomery (front-row).

Binge says a good result for Ballina, which finished sixth last season, would be a semi-final spot. "Anything beyond that will be a bonus," he said.

Binge is excited about the crop of last season's Under-18s coming through.

The young first-grade team includes nine players under the age of 20 and another four under 23. All are Ballina juniors.

All former Ballina and Marist Brothers players are invited to the Ballina Seagulls clubhouse to watch the games, where they will be looked after by former Brothers coach and CRL selector Dennis Meaney.

Ballina Under-7s will play at half-time.

Giants look strong MULLUMBIMBY Giants will go into their match against Casino RSM Cougars at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino, tomorrow under novice coach Damon Scott.

Tony Mitchell had been appointed as Giants coach, but Scott has been promoted from trainer to first-time coach after Mitchell's appointment fell through.

Scott is a Mullum junior who has won a premiership as a player with Murwillum-bah and also had a stint at Cudgen.

The Mullum line-up is much the same as last. Two new faces are second-rower Brett Whitton and winger Lindsay Beckett, a Mullum Under-18 player last year.

The Cougars, who again have Cavill Heugh as coach, have lost five-eighth Garry Roberts to Kyogle.

Good news, bad news KYOGLE Turkeys have mixed news on the player front as they head into the match against Tweed Coast at New Park, Kyogle.

Shannon Walker, a star last season as Kyogle surprised all with their best effort in years (they finished third), has been snapped up by the Gold Coast Titans.

Lock Don Walker has gone to Goondiwindi, and Steve Lamont to Newcastle.

But halfback Michael Walker is back, and the Turkeys have signed Garry Roberts, the former Casino five-eighth.

Lock Matt Ivanusa and second-rower Alex Farrell, Under-18s last year, are being tipped as regular first-graders in 2007.

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