CLUB PRIDE: Founder and co-ordinator of the Jason Hetherington Cup, Brian Pengelly, with just some of the 600 kids that will compete today and over the weekend.
CLUB PRIDE: Founder and co-ordinator of the Jason Hetherington Cup, Brian Pengelly, with just some of the 600 kids that will compete today and over the weekend. Mike Richards GLA060717JRGB

CLUBS' TRYING TEST

RUGBY LEAGUE: It will be all about pride for Gladstone's four clubs that will kick off their Jason Hetherington Cup campaign which starts this morning at Junior Rugby League Fields off Harvey Road.

Gladstone Valleys, Tannum Seagulls, Gladstone Wallabys and Gladstone Brothers will join 31 other clubs from all over the Queensland in the three-day under-12 talent feast of league.

JHC founder Brian Pengelly said the event is a boost for junior rugby league as well as the local economy.

"It's the biggest U12 club carnival in the state and it's in its ninth year,” Pengelly said.

Today will start off with a march past from 8.20am with the first lot of matches to commence from 9am.

Valleys's first game is against Bundaberg Brothers from 9.40am today while Seagulls take on West Mackay Tigers also from the same time.

Wallabys and Brothers start their first games against Wests Bundaberg and Caboolture Snakes Gold from 10.20am and 10.40am respectively.

Pengelly expects all the Gladstone clubs to be competitive.

"At the end of the day all of the players will 100 per cent benefit from the experience and the Gladstone teams will do well,” he said.

Pengelly added that the JHC could unearth a player such as Bill Cullen who has recently signed with the Canberra Raiders.

The amount of work the volunteers have done has not gone unnoticed according to Pengelly toward an event in which it takes months of preparation.

GLADSTONE TEAMS

Gladstone Valleys, Tannum Seagulls, Gladstone Wallabys, Gladstone Brothers



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