IN CHARGE: Brett Davis will coach SCU Marlins first grade in 2016.
IN CHARGE: Brett Davis will coach SCU Marlins first grade in 2016. Contributed

A different Davis ready to lead university Marlins next season

INCOMING Southern Cross University Marlins rugby coach Brett Davis is lucky.

No rival in Mid North Coast zone can boast he will have as many as eight up-and-comers graduating from under-18s in the 2016 season, all with previous first-grade and represen- tative experience.

While the coach has a familiar name in local sporting circles, he isn't the retired Group 2 rugby league legend.

Marlins publicist Simon Donald said this Brett Davis was a totally different figure and well regarded in the 15-a-side code.

"Brett comes from Terrigal Trojans on the Central Coast and his appointment is very exciting," Donald said.

"This school of Marlins is already preparing for an even bigger and better season," he said.

As was the case with almost every club in the zone, few changes were made to the committee at the annual meeting, an indication of the stability in the code across the region.

Mark McDonough takes over as president from Pat Magann and Matthew Potts will be club captain.

"Naomi Smith in a vice-president's position suggests the brains trust of the Marlins will be effectively organised," Donald said.

"Youth retention continues to be a priority, helping create a powerful family support base and culture," he said.

"Long gone are the days when the club was made up of a few university boys looking for a game of rugby followed by the post-match boat races and festivities.

"The average age of senior players is increasing and families are starting to form dynasties.

"This natural transition has been met perfectly with the increasing number of junior teams and players.

"Numerous sets of brothers play for the Marlins and a fair few have parents on the committee in some capacity."

During this off season the SCU Marlins Foundation will launch.

"The nature of the beast of being a university club is players will graduate and follow their careers and success elsewhere," Donald said.

"However, a vast number remain in contact due to the brotherhood and family feeling rugby creates," he said.

"Social media and technology allows everyone to keep up to date with news, results and events so that we strengthen and widen connections and the supporter base."

See Facebook.com/scumarlinsrugby or call Matthew Potts on 0423 640 540.



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