How has your day been so far?We lost our first game to the New South Wales Mets, 12-7, I think a few boys, including me, were fairly nervous, and then we just beat the Rebels 8-6. The boys were over the moon with it so we’ve just got to make sure that we’ve got cool heads going into the next game and come out and hopefully get another one. How did it feel coming to the fields this morning, knowing that you were going to be playing for the Alliance?I actually didn’t get much sleep last night, I was thinking about it a lot. I woke up really early and was thinking about it all this morning. I was really excited and I think that all of the guys were excited and amped to play today. Does it feel like all of the hard work has paid off from over the past couple of months in the lead up to the series?It has been a little bit tough just with the distance between everyone, so me being in Sydney, I’ve been training by myself because I don’t have anyone to train with but I know that the guys in their individual states, they’ve been putting in the hard work and we’ll surprise a few people over the tournament. How did it feel to be named the captain of the Alliance side?It was a great honour, especially being in the inaugural Elite Eight, and getting the first captaincy, I couldn’t have been prouder. And the boys, I didn’t know them all but I knew the Western Australia guys before, and they were happy, even the Tasmanian blokes that I’ve met for the first time, they’ve been great so it’s been really good. What was your initial reaction to the Elite Eight series and the Alliance when you first heard about it?I made sure I spoke to the right people about it, that it wasn’t going to interfere with anything long term like the World Cup, and everyone said go for it, it’s promoting the sport and they couldn’t have been more happy that I was doing it so it took me seriously five seconds to make my decision. And how did it feel when Paul Sfeir came on board as the coach of the Alliance?He was great. He actually said the reason he came on board was because he knew that I was playing so I’ve got a great connection with Sfeirsy and we’ve been in a lot of sides together so it was really good to have his experience on board. What did you say to the team before the start of your first game against the New South Wales Mets this morning?I said that I’m nervous, I’m excited, it’s ok to be nervous and excited. It’s just a game of Touch Football in the end of it. These guys, they put them up on such a high pedestal because they are good players the Mets team, but when it comes down to it they are just 14 guys that are trying to do the same thing that we are. How did it feel to play the Mets first up considering you have spent a lot of time with the Sydney Mets permit over the past couple of years?It was good. Sfeirsy and I had a little joke about it because we’ve both been involved in Mets for so long. I think I’ve played six years with the Mets. Western Australia is where I am from and I’ve always said I want to go back and play over there so I couldn’t have been prouder of the boy’s effort this morning, it was a good first game and I think we showed it in the second game. What is the culture like within the Alliance team?It’s actually really good, obviously there are little niches, like Western Australia, there’s about five or six from Tasmania, a few from the Northern Territory etc., but we’ve really tried to keep the squad as a whole, the first division and the Men’s. Everyone is rooming with blokes from different states as well so not just on the field but off the field you get to know the blokes as well and that brings us closer together. It must be good for the team to have a player of your calibre in the line-up as well, what have they said about it?A few of them have commented about it, they say its good because it shows them, not necessarily that you have to leave Western Australia or leave Tasmania to make a representative team but that’s the path I chose, and I said to them this tournament is about them becoming known players, so players come out next tournament and go ‘wow that Craig Boston from WA is good, wow that Jason Haines from Tasmania is a good player’, it’s no longer ‘we’re going out there to play for him’, we are going out there to create names for those other guys and that’s why I’ve always said that I want to pass what I’ve learnt playing at the highest level onto them for them to become better Touch players when they go back home and hopefully lift the standard back there. Did you ever think when you first moved to Sydney that a concept of the Elite Eight would come about or you’d make it as far as you have?Not at all because when I first moved over I was 18 and I had always wanted to play for Australia and then I didn’t make any of the Youth Aussie teams, which I thought I might have a shot at the 20’s, and I missed the boat on those but I played consistent football and got recognised in the state Mixed team and I played a 20’s City versus Country, so I think that’s a big stepping stone for developing a career, like Dyl (Australian player Dylan Hennessey) has come through all of the junior developments, Steve Roberts, they’ve all come up through the ranks.What do you hope the Alliance team gets out of playing in the Elite Eight series?Hopefully they just get the confidence out of it that they are good players. You look at the Rebels and the Mets teams and they are stacked full of Australian and New Zealand representatives and State of Origin players and these guys are underrated players and I think over the weekend they deserve that recognition that some of them can play in the Aussie 20’s team and some of them can make the Aussie Men’s squad, that they are just as good as anyone else, they just don’t get the limelight which the Elite Eight is now showing for all of them. So hopefully we have a good time and hopefully we actually win it.