Brad a hooked Tigers fan
WHEN Brad Deas is not hard at work as CEO of Blue Dog Training he can be found supporting the Norths Tigers in the Ipswich Rugby League or out fishing.
Deas played for the Tigers when they won the IRL A-grade title twice in the 1990s and Blue Dog Training was their chief sponsor when they returned to the top by winning last year's grand final.
It was the first time they had won it since Deas days, so he was particularly proud, especially with his company's name on display on the Tigers jerseys.
"We were all very excited," Deas said. "And we've managed to retain most of the team."
It gives him confidence they can back up with another title, just like Deas' team did in 1995.
"It's a long way out yet," he said.
"There's some improving to do. But there's a good, core group and a strong Reserve grade.
"The club's got depth this year."
Deas (pictured) has not had as much success in this year's Queensland Times tipping competition.
"Fishing is a lot easier than tipping winners," Deas said.
"With electronics now you can really target your species."
Unfortunately rugby league players are not as predictable as you average fish.
In the NRL, Deas has supported the Brisbane Broncos since they began in 1988 and sympathises with all Parramatta supporters - not for any particular reason, just because they support Parramatta.
He was raised in Brassall, lives at Kholo now and started Blue Dogs Training a decade ago.
Current Norths assistant coach and former player Kerry Theuerkauf is one of those to have come through Blue Dog Training, which provides flexible training in the building industry.
Deas is a trained carpenter himself
Theuerkauf finished his own carpentry apprenticeship with Blue Dogs Training and now works for them with Deas.