State touch trials coming to town

GLADSTONE and Central Queensland touch players will have their moment in the sun next March when the Harbour City hosts the National Touch Rugby Association (NTRA) State trials.

Gladstone was awarded the 2012 trials at the NTRA Annual General Meeting on Friday, after State Director and Queensland over-40 team manager Julie Anno put forward a compelling case for the region’s industrial heartland.

“It will be one of the biggest things to happen to Gladstone (in touch),” she said.

“It’s the first time I think NTRA’s had the trials at such a level come up to Gladstone and many people from Brisbane are already looking forward to the trip.

“The tourism side of it is going to be great as well and the touch football side of things is going to bring a whole new level of the game to Gladstone.

“We’re hoping a lot of locals get behind it and put in their own team with NTRA, it’s open to non-affiliated players as well so it’s an open carnival.”

While the Marley Brown precinct has been ruled out at this stage, Anno is confident a suitable venue will be locked down before long.

Selections will be based on a points system from each game, meaning every player will be judged solely on their performances on the day.

“When we have our trials here next year the local guys will have to up their standard of playing to keep the Brisbane boys out,” Queensland over-40s captain Laurie Anno said.



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