TOUCH: Even though the National Touch Football League in Coffs Harbour not until March 7-11, a number of Gladstone players selected in various Central Queensland Bulls teams will spend the Christmas and New Year break maintaining their fitness.
Australian Jillaroos star Chelsea Baker headlines the list and she is in the T League Ladies team with sporting all-rounder Sophie Duff and Hannah Slaughter.
Central Queensland Touch development officer Tracy Upton said Gladstone will be well represented.
"We have five CQ teams that will compete and we also have players from CQ selected into the Cowboys Elite 8 teams, who will be compete at the same event, but in the Elite Division," she said.
"Former Gladstone player Justin Cridland is in the Cowboys men's team."
Aside from Chelsea's husband Matt Baker, who is in the Bulls' men's B team, there is another family connection.
Steve Stanhope has made the over-40 men's side for the first time while his son Tallis is in the T League men's A team - a step up from the B team he made earlier this year.
"I just put me hand in the ring obviously because I am going to watch my son Tallis play, so I thought if I'm going down there to play and the trials for the 40s come up, we thought we might as well give it a go," Stanhope said of the Touch trials that were held in Rockhampton.
"It was a very hot day in Rocky and we gathered up there, a group of old blokes and had a few rounds of Touch and worked our way through a selection process with some games and drills."
Stanhope and his Gladstone mates Dennis Black and Mick Cavanagh were advised by email that they had made the team.
He said the event in Coffs Harbour will be the perfect chance to kill off two birds with one stone.
"I good way to do that is to play in a team as well and we're playing at the same venue and we'll be able to cheer each other on and make it a family event as well as a good team environment with some of the best Touch players in Australia," Stanhope said.
Lincoln Rebel and Brad Hansen made the B men's team and Upton expects Rebel to stand out.
"Lincoln Rebel, although known for his talent in rugby league, he is an asset to this team and has speed and can also create," she said.
"He is a key factor in the B team."
Gladstone trio Sonja Anderson, Tamara Schoneckt and Nicole Lowe are in the over-27 ladies CQ team.
Upton said each team will have their own training program and the players will have the chance to train against the Cowboys' men's and women's team in the lead-up to the Coffs harbour event.