RUGBY UNION: The Gladstone Goats' juniors will take to the hallowed Marley Brown Oval turf this weekend for the first of two consecutive home games.
The Gruflets will host nine games of rugby with teams venturing from all corners of Central Queensland to play.
Home games are a rare commodity for the Gladstone juniors in the Rugby Capricornia competition with the majority of games being played at Rockhampton or Yeppoon.
Playing in the competition is a huge commitment for parents and Under-11s coach Ben Leis appreciates every bit of support they provide.
"I can't thank them enough to allow these kids to play rugby,” he said.
"A lot of these kids have already played a decent season of other sports and then they're faced with this commitment... it's a massive commitment from parents.”
Leis hopes the rain holds out for Saturday's fixtures, but contingency plans will be put into place.
"This will be the first time that we've played a home game since we introduced the U11s,” Leis said.
"It's also the first opportunity we've had for the other junior grades to have two home games through their season so we're pretty excited about it. "On Saturday we'll have teams here from Emerald, Biloela, Rockhampton and Yeppoon.”
Leis said the club are keen for more juniors to join, with places available from age groups Under-11s to U17s.