Pythons have a bite of what's to come
AS THE new team in the Spring Cup 2015-16 season, the Bundaberg Pythons don't plan on simply making up the numbers.
Just ask club founder Danny Moran.
The 29-year-old former Turtle said after a conversation with other club presidents, the germ of an idea was born.
"I decided then and there to do everything I could to make a fifth club," he said.
"I put the feelers out for sponsors and players and that was positive."
Moran also needed to come up with a name which proved easier than expected.
"To be honest, my fiancé and I were sitting in the lounge room rattling off animal names and Python sounded good," Moran said, laughing.
Many meetings, phone calls and emails later, the Spring Cup hierarchy met and the fifth club was born.
"There was a meeting about three months ago and I put the proposal in and it was accepted," Moran said.
The team will be coached by former Barbarians prop Victor Nio and captained by Tommy Akers.
"Victor brings a lot to the team," Moran said.
"He has a no-nonsense approach."
Most of the Pythons squad is made up of players from the Bundaberg Rugby League and Northern Districts Rugby League competitions, playing the 15-man game for the first time.
"Andy Filo is probably the only player that has played in the Spring Cup before," he said.
"But everyone is really excited about playing.
"That's where having Vic there has been great because he has guided us about the laws of the game."
More than 20 players showed up for training on Wednesday night, an indication of the enthusiasm for the team.
Last weekend, Moran said the club was more than willing to help out Falcons with some excess players.
"We sent Waves three players last week who have signed for that club for this season," he said.
"One thing we didn't want to see was the thinning out of the competition and I believe the fifth team hasn't done that."
Moran said he could not wait to run out onto Isis Showgrounds tonight with his new team-mates against Waves Falcons.
"Hopefully, we win and have fun doing so," he said.
As for season objectives, Moran has set the bar high.
"The league players are really good and if they bring those skills to union we will be hard to beat," he said.
Moran thanked the major sponsors of the new club - Young Aussie Hotel, Bella Martino's Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria and Tyreright - for getting the team off the ground.
"We wouldn't be here without them," he said.
The game kicks off at 5pm.