TAKING OFF: Raidettes’ Martha Wherewera with the ball in the women’s rugby league grand final against Yeppoon.
TAKING OFF: Raidettes’ Martha Wherewera with the ball in the women’s rugby league grand final against Yeppoon. Christopher Chan

Raidettes start season strong in their debut year in league

CHANGING from the Rockhampton competition to mixing it with Bundaberg teams this year, Gladstone's rugby league women, the Raidettes, have made the perfect start to their bid to become premiers.

In their debut year in the league, the Raidettes thumped Easts 30-6 to make the best start possible.

Coach Glenn Butcher was delighted and even able to make some changes throughout to test players in different positions.

Now despite a week off in the Bundaberg competition, the Raidettes are not willing to take a break. .

Instead, the Gladstone women will be playing a combined Rockhampton and Central Highlands side as a representative trial for the Capras team.

"Three girls have been named from the Highlands team to play with Rockhampton," said Butcher, also the coach of the Capras for the 47th Battalion weekend, starting Saturday, May 10.

"We have not locked in a time yet but we want 7.30pm after the men's matches."

While the match will be a trial for many of the Raidettes to make the representative squad, all will be hoping to improve for the Bundaberg competition.

The women will also want to put on a good show for the crowd, ensuring participation for matches later in the season, and knock off their Rockhampton rivals.

"What we have done is made a commitment to these girls for when we have the bye, we will play Rockhampton team then," Butcher said.



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