Buchanan, Vowles appointed to coaching roles
TWO of Queensland's flagship representative teams will have new coaches at the helm in 2017, with the QRL last week confirming the appointments of Jon Buchanan and Adrian Vowles to key roles.
Buchanan, the 2014 Intrust Super Cup Coach of the Year, will have the responsibility of preparing the XXXX Queensland Residents for the annual clash against NSW in May.
Former NRL and Origin forward Vowles takes the reins of the Queensland Women's team from Brad Donald, who was appointed head coach of the Jillaroos team in November.
Vowles will draw on his experience as an assistant coach with the Jillaroos last year when he begins to plot Queensland's quest to reclaim the Nellie Doherty Cup.
"Women's rugby league is the fastest growing area of our game and I'm honoured to be involved at this level,” Vowles said.
"NSW certainly came to play last year and thoroughly deserved their win.
"I know how much this Queensland jersey means to the players and together with our support staff, we'll be doing everything in our power to ensure the group is well prepared to deliver a strong performance.”
Buchanan finds himself in a similar position to Vowles after the XXXX Queensland Residents lost their grip on the trophy in 2016 as well.
"Anytime we get an opportunity to represent our competition against New South Wales is a chance for us to get on top,” Buchanan said.
"I think over the last four or five years we've been really successful at that so hopefully we can rectify last year's result.”
Queensland had been eyeing a third-straight win in last season's match, but their bid was dashed by a slow start and a clinical NSW team, which went on to claim an impressive 30-16 win.
Buchanan is already giving considerable thought to the make-up of his team, and when asked what type of player selectors would be looking for, he offered up
"A player who can (produce) effort (after) effort,” Buchanan said.
"I think at this level, it's one game of footy we've got to get them prepared for. If you can produce that, where you keep turning up for each other, I think that's the key.
"The majority of our players in the Intrust Super Cup can play footy at this level and that will be something I'll be really looking for when I'm viewing games.”
One such player who will be taking Buchanan's cues on-board is Easts Tiger hooker and former Kingaroy Red Ant junior Chris Ostwald.
Ostwald played a starring role for the Queensland Universities side that demolished NSW late last year, with his selection in the Australian Universities team proof of the 21 year-old's representative potential.