Rep honours aim for club brigade
AS A long-time Queensland Cricket regional development officer, Nev Paulsen has had his offices at the Brothers League Club for years.
So moving into his role as the Brothers Cricket Club coach has proved no problem.
Paulsen has taken over as club head coach from the departed Mukesh Sharma and is focusing on improving skills across all ages and grades.
"I felt part of the furniture," Paulsen said of taking on the job.
"I retired 18 months ago."
Paulsen retained an involvement in a number of cricket programs after his professional retirement, such as the Queensland Government's Deadly Sports Program for school kids and helping the Ipswich Logan Hornets in the Brisbane grade competition.
But it also gave him the chance to give back to the club that his sons played for, when a head coach role became available.
It didn't take long for Paulsen to lay down some ground rules at Brothers' first training run of the season.
Latecomers were "reminded of their obligations", in fairly robust terms, club president Brent Kinnane said.
"It was the same as the Hornets last year," Paulsen said.
"They all have to turn up on time."
Sunday saw the under-16s and seniors training together, to help build the bond throughout the club.
It shows Paulsen's vision is very much long term.
"My goal is to get someone from Brothers to play for Australia," Paulsen said.
"Or as far as they can get up the pathway.
"A lot of it is about developing skills."
If he can do that successfully, Paulsen has no doubts success for Brothers will follow.
"That will come as a result," he said.
"The more players we get playing for the Hornets, the more we'll get for Queensland.
"And the more players we get for Australia, Brothers will be winning premierships all the way."
Brothers Cricket Club sign-on for juniors and seniors is on August 24 at 9.30am on the number two rugby league field at Wildey Street, Raceview, next to the Brothers Leagues Club.