Coach Gary Briscoe (back left) joins in USQ’s Risdon Cup victory celebrations at USQ Oval last Saturday.
Coach Gary Briscoe (back left) joins in USQ’s Risdon Cup victory celebrations at USQ Oval last Saturday. Kevin Farmer

Coach delays 2012 call

AFTER guiding USQ to the top of Downs rugby, coach Gary Briscoe is undecided about his involvement with the club next season.

Briscoe's three-year stint with USQ climaxed last Saturday when Saints lifted the Risdon Cup for the first time since 2003 following their 56-27 grand final win over Toowoomba Rangers.

Saints' explosive win ended a dominant year when they suffered only one loss while its grand final success was matched by their under 19 team - also over Rangers.

"I won't be making a decision on next season for a couple of months," Briscoe said yesterday.

"It's a big commitment and there are a lot of things to weigh up.

"It's been quite an amazing year for us but despite what we achieved, I still feel this team hasn't reached its full potential yet.

"The players are only just realising what they are capable of and I think they can lift their speed by another 25 per cent.

"The average age of the players is only 23½ and their best football is still ahead of them."

Briscoe said indications are most players intend staying at the club.

"Most seem keen to stay," Briscoe said.

"Ned Murphy came to us from league this year and has absolutely loved it. He seems keen to go again and a couple of other league players have also told me they're interested in coming over to rugby.

"Both Uni and Rangers had exciting under 19 teams this year and most Uni players will be eligible for colts again next season.

"With a lot of that team still to come through, the club really could be on the fringe of a huge dynasty."

USQ was languishing at the bottom of the competition in 2008 but Briscoe said the club's turnaround is not limited to the playing field.

"I think the whole thing is about evolution," Briscoe said.

"The vision Barry O Sullivan (club vice-president) and I have is about 50 per cent realised.

"We see the inclusion of partners and children within the club culture as paramount, with the development of the B grade and C grade also important."



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