Full side union team run on field
GLADSTONE will field a fullstrength side for the first time when the Gladstone round of the Central Queensland women's rugby union carnival is battled out at Meteors Sportsgrounds on Saturday.
In previous carnivals, harbour city players have helped flesh out teams from other centres or run on as Gladstone but with a few outside additions.
However, the side now has the numbers to stand alone and team member Lyn Farrell said Gladstone were primed for a big performance on home soil against outfits from Central Highlands, Western Queensland, Rockhampton and Bundaberg.
'It should be a good learning experience playing against the strong teams like Central Highlands and Western Queensland,' Farrell said.
'We're still training every Tuesday and Thursday and every time more players are turning up.
'Some have never played before. If anything, they've played some touch or, like me, played league but not union (before this season).'
Farrell said some of the newcomers had impressed with the speed with which they had acquired skills and she looked forward to watching them test themselves under match conditions.
The first match will get under way at 9am with about 10 games being prior to the Gladstone men's outfit taking on Biloela in their Sub-districts premiership clash at 3pm.