Coach Aaron Farrar and selector Jason Hetherington will guide the Gladstone Raiders team this season.
Coach Aaron Farrar and selector Jason Hetherington will guide the Gladstone Raiders team this season.

Farrar puts pride back in Gladstone Raiders

By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au

RUGGED front-rower Aaron Farrar hopes a greater emphasis on representative fixtures will create more pride in the Gladstone Raiders jersey this season.

Farrar, who will coach the Raiders senior team as well as seek a spot in the side, has welcomed the new-look Gladstone District Rugby League executive committee's push for more representative matches.

'Being a representative player for the last few years, when there hasn't been much importance placed on playing for Gladstone, it's good to see the committee changing a few things,' Farrar said.

'There's now more to play for, now that they're making it the pinnacle ? it's something all the players should be striving for.

'I know captaining Gladstone meant more to me than captaining Central Queensland.

'Playing against Rockhampton, we were the poor cousins down the road ? it felt like we were treated like that. But, especially when you ran out at Marley Brown, it used to be a real battle and was win at all costs.' ' Farrar said the experience gained by representative players also had a flow-on effect with the skills learned by those who had played at a higher level, able to be passed on to coaching staff and other players, lifting the standard of local competition.

With the Raiders squad being selected during pre-season trials which begin this weekend, players will have to hit the ground running to impress the selectors.

The Raiders will contest the divisional trials in Rockhampton in April from which Central Queensland City and Country sides will be selected to trial for the CQ Capras team which will contest the Queensland Rugby League divisional trials in Gladstone in June.

From there, players can earn selection in the Queensland Rangers outfit and play inter-state competition.

This weekend's pre-season trials at Marley Brown Oval. Saturday ? Wallabys v Gladstone Brothers, Sunday ? Valleys v Tannum Sands. Times for both days - under19 4pm, reserve grade 5.30pm, A grade 7pm.



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