Gloves off for season start



AFTER a pre-season build-up of an intensity not seen for many years, the pressure valve will be released this weekend when the Gladstone and District Rugby League season gets under way.

With Wallabys, Valleys and Tannum Sands, having survived the threat of being booted out of an already revamped competition, and the latter pair reported to have bulked up in A grade strength, much expectation is surrounding the new season's kick off.

Gladstone supporters have their first chance to check out the new-look Valleys side when the Diehards clash with reigning GDRL champions Wallabys at Marley Brown Oval tomorrow night.

Unlike the other three Gladstone district clubs, Brothers included, Wallabys have been quiet on the recruitment front but will show faith in the player roster which has made them one of Central Queensland's premier outfits.

Valleys will field a squad bolstered by the arrival of New Zealand recruits five-eighth Samuel Herbert and forwards Colin Latu and Jackson Crangle.

In tomorrow night's other GDRL A grade encounter, Brothers face a tough straightup task, travelling to Biloela to meet the Panthers at the Recreation Reserve. Tannum Sands has the first round bye.

Tomorrow night at Marley Brown Oval: Valleys v Wallabys ? 4pm under-19, 5.30pm reserve grade, 7pm A grade. Season preview in The Observer tomorrow.



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