Krause sets the bar high
MARIST Brothers fullback Mitchell Krause wants to score 30 tries and take out the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League player of the year award this season.
And it could be on the cards with Krause scoring 29 tries and finishing as the competition's leading try-scorer in 2012.
That was an impressive effort considering the next closest was Murwillumbah second-rower Tim James with 18 tries and Ballina centre Luke Simpson 16.
Krause was also named fullback in the NRRRL team of the year.
"I think I've had a better pre-season and I'm feeling a lot fitter," Krause said.
"I've been going to the gym a lot more and putting in at training."
Krause came into first grade as a winger in 2011 and was coached that season by club stalwart and father David Krause.
Initially prone to the odd error, he took his game to a whole new level last year.
The fullback position was vacated when teenager Luke Baker left the area to play for the Penrith Panthers in the National Youth Competition. He is now with the Gold Coast Titans.
"Baker did a good job and when I got the opportunity I grabbed it with both hands," Krause said.
"I haven't let anyone take it off me yet."
The Rams come up against the Northern United Dirawongs at Crozier Field, Lismore when the competition kicks off this weekend.
The Dirawongs have had the wood on Brothers in recent years in what has become a traditional first round clash for the Lismore-based clubs.
"It's always a tough game and we haven't beaten them since I came into first grade," Krause said.
"You don't know what to expect (against the Dirawongs) and anything can happen on the day.
"We're in the tough end of the draw and that doesn't make it any easier."
Despite the draw Krause is confident they have the team to do it this season.
They have lost size and experience with Dylan Coleman and Cameron Paine retiring but kept the nucleus of their side.
"We've been together for about three years now and everyone is mates off the field," Krause said.
Kick off is 2.45pm on Sunday.