Home' Capricornus Quarterly : CQ Dec 2018 Jan 2019 Contents Micheal debuted for the Cowboys in 2001
before playing for the Warriors from 2006-
2012. He played 226 NRL games. Glenn played
192 NRL games at the Bulldogs, Souths, Manly
and Cowboys. Both have now successfully
transitioned their rugby league playing knowledge
into successful administrative roles.
Did you always want to be a
Micheal: I didn’t know what I wanted to be until
I was 20. At that stage I was lucky enough to be
playing junior grades for the Cowboys. It was a
long journey. I finished school in Townsville and
uni in Auckland. Later in life I discovered a passion
for the admin side of football and I now oversee
all our marketing and commercial operations.
Glenn: It (rugby league) was something I grew
up with. I was lucky enough to come through the
games and worked my butt off. I didn’t know what
I wanted to do after football. I took on Michael’s
role (at the Cowboys). I’ve learned a lot and I can
now pass on my experience to the guys that I
manage who look after our elite pathways system.
What was the most important part
of your pre-season training?
Micheal: I liked pre-season. Back in those
days before there was a lot of sport science
we just used to run. They’d run us into the
ground. If you got injured that was a good thing.
That meant you’d done enough. I didn’t like
weights. I haven’t been to the gym since. It’s a
lot different now. Everything is measured.
Glenn: I’m good for power and not long distance.
I would came back that bit overweight and had
to put in extra pre-season to get the skin folds
down. As I got older I learnt some good habits and
became more professional in that area. Especially
with rugby league players, it ’s important knowing
your body type. The boys have nutritionists now
and so many people they can tap into. I ended up
learning what my body was and what worked for
me and what didn’t. Being a professional footballer
they talk about sacrifice, but I think it ’s definitely
a choice. You choose to make a sacrifice. When
you start to come back to pre-season and you’ve
chosen the easy road, pre-season is a torture.
How are the RGS past students going
at the Cowboys (Kurt Wiltshire, RGS
2015, and Ben Condon, RGS 2017)?
Glenn: Both have represented Rockhampton and
this School extremely well. Ben, in his first year
this year, loved the extra training. He started off
the season in the U18s and it took a bit of time to
find his feet and moved up to the U20s at the end
of that season and again it took him a bit of time to
find his feet. He really learnt how to use his body.
Next year he will do a full pre-season with the
Blackhawks with some very seasoned footballers.
Kurt Wiltshire is unbelievable. Kurt goes into our
rookie squad next year. Top 30 and 6 rookies
that train full time with the NRL squad. He’ll play
20s again. Kurt ’s a really outstanding footballer.
What are your thoughts on the RGS and
Cowboys partnership, now in its third year?
Micheal: First and foremost CQ is a stronghold
of rugby league talent. The bulk of good players
playing NRL come from western Sydney, then
NZ and no doubt the next group is from Sunshine
Coast to Mackay. A massive area but it produces
quality players. It’s important for us to partner
with regions, clubs and schools that produce
talent. We only partner with organisations that
share the same values as us. I’m looking at
the tone of voice we use and how our brand is
portrayed in the public. You live on social media.
We’re a humble and hard working club. RGS
was a school that shared all those values. It ’s a
school that has been fantastic for us. Holding
our academy sessions here is paying dividends.
We now have a stronger presence in CQ. The
qualit y of the academy sessions and talent year-
on-year has risen and that’s no small part to the
role RGS has played. As a club we’re thankful for
the opportunities you give us to use the facility.
What challenges are there
for elite sport people?
Glenn: We’re in a privileged position to make
a difference - put smiles on faces, come to
schools and help with coaching clinics. One
of the challenges to is being in the public eye.
There’s a lot of people who want to knock you off
your perch. Especially in today’s society there’s
social media and smart phones. One wrong turn
or one wrong word in public it can really bring
you undone. That ’s some of the challenges
that come with being a professional. That’s
something that you learn as you get older.
What can we expect from
the Cowboys in 2019?
Micheal: Hopefully a better result. We learned a
lot of lessons this year. We had some really good
years. Looking at the results at end of 2017, we
might have glossed over some things we weren’t
doing as well as we should have. We’ve done a full
review of our whole organisation and changed
our structure in our football and administrative
departments. We’ve had some player turnover
and recruited around that. We consider ourselves
a top 4 club. We’re a top 4 club commercially off
the field, top 5 in membership. That’s where we
want to get back on the playing field next year.
How does a student go from being
a talented 15 year old to being
a professional footballer?
Glenn: You see a lot of people like that. We all
know there was always that one guy that could
have made it but didn’t. It comes down to that
choice to sacrifice and being prepared to work
hard. In our academies one of the first things in our
induction, when we talk to players and parents,
we tell them we want your best. We don’t want you
to be the best. If you compete to your best every
time, no matter what skill level you’re at, and are
prepared to work hard you’ll continue to go on that
rise. It ’s that choice to roll your sleeves up and
keep grinding, keep being prepared to work hard.
Gone are the days where talent gets you into first
grade. We’re looking at everything. We’re looking
at school, looking at attendance, looking at the
type of person you are. You have to be willing to do
that hard work and keep trying to be better every
time you get the opportunity to compete.
Picture: Micheal and Glenn entertain their
audience at the 2018 RGS Rugby Dinner.
The North Queensland
Cowboys are a
of The Rockhampton
THE FINAL WORD
A changing game
The North Queensland Cowboys’ Operations Manager, Glenn Hall and Operating Officer,
Micheal Luck may have hung -up their rugby league jerseys, but in a conversation with RGS
Director of Co-Curricular Mr Todd Wells they explain their field of play is still very active.
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