Signs are good for breakaway GDRL
LOCAL footy has brought supporters out in droves for the opening rounds of the Gladstone District Rugby League (GDRL) competition.
The GDRL and clubs are very pleased with the start to the season, especially after the breakaway from the extended league format, a move which brought some criticism last year.
GDRL president Glenn Butcher said clubs had reported excellent crowds at games and they have no reason to doubt this won’t continue as the season unfolds.
“Most clubs are more than happy with the amount of people coming through the gate, particularly at Calliope,” Butcher said.
“Biloela’s reported large numbers and Wallabys games have been very well supported on the back of the Wallabys-Valleys pre-season game.”
With Marley Brown Oval out of action until the resumption of GDRL matches following the May Day long weekend, Butcher said it was hard to gauge whether locals had embraced the new competition, but it was clear that their preference is to see Gladstone teams battle it out.
Butcher’s own inquiries of work mates have produced some interesting responses, with blokes saying they’ve been heading to the footy and enjoying it, with one commenting he’d be going to all Woorabinda games at Calliope because of the style of play the new team’s displaying.
“Obviously people are supporting the Gladstone teams playing each other instead of watching teams from Rockhampton,” Butcher said.
Earlier starts are another reason put forward as to why crowd numbers have been solid, Butcher said, as the 6pm start for A grade matches on a Saturday appears to be more conducive with lifestyles.
“Clubs are also seeing more juniors attending the matches in the their club gear, so it’s having a flow-on effect and we’re hoping when games start at Marley Brown Oval, the juniors playing at Briffney Creek will come and watch the senior games,” Butcher said.
Clubs have also reported their satisfaction with the competition appearing to be fairly level and not favouring one club ahead of others in the GDRL.
“The standard of the competition has been high and it’s been close, which is what we predicted, and with the exception of a couple of games, the scores have been close.”
“All’s boding well for a good finish to the end of the season,” he said.
Brothers 6; Wallabys 6; Biloela 4; Woorabinda 2; Tannum Sands 0; Valleys 0
Brothers 6; Wallabys 6; Valleys 2; Calliope 2; Tannum Sands 2; Biloela 0