PRIDE: Coen Dodd, Sean Collins, Ashley Dodd and Josh and Jayden Taylor will compete in the Warba Wangarunya Carnivals in Rockhampton this weekend.
PRIDE: Coen Dodd, Sean Collins, Ashley Dodd and Josh and Jayden Taylor will compete in the Warba Wangarunya Carnivals in Rockhampton this weekend. Mike Richards GLA240119RLCV

Best of indigenous talent will be on show on the weekend

RUGBY LEAGUE: Gladstone Wallabys' legend Ashley Dodd says playing in many Warba Wangarunya Carnivals has added an incentive.

Saturday's march will include Gladstone Ringers, a new team among 23 others, that will feature in the carnival in Rockhampton.

"After playing in the carnival for many years, I decided to make my own team this year," Dodd said.

"We have a base of Wallaby players with others from local teams and a couple from Biloela, Mackay and Emerald.

There is a good mix of youth and experienced players."

Dodd said the Taylor brothers Josh and Jayden, Biloela players Tomas Williams and Ryan Wilson and those from Mackay would be players to watch.

Dodd said his players had prepared well for the pre-season competition.

"We've been training now for a few weeks leading up to the carnival and have had a good number of players turning up each session," he said.

"We are pumped for the weekend to come and a chance for football lovers to all come together and play.

"It's a chance to meet others from different communities that share the same passion.

"Nothing will make me feel more prouder than being able to march my team into the field and to celebrate and share my Indigenous culture with them.

"Thanks to our sponsors for enabling this to happen."