(L-R) Luke Pellegrinet, Lachlan Buchanan, Jack Glossop and Benn Richardson with CQNRL board member Peter White, who have been selected to play against Northern Pride at Victoria Park.
(L-R) Luke Pellegrinet, Lachlan Buchanan, Jack Glossop and Benn Richardson with CQNRL board member Peter White, who have been selected to play against Northern Pride at Victoria Park. Christopher Chan

CQ sides set to debut against Northern Pride at home

CENTRAL Queensland's NRL bid is going to become more of a reality this weekend, when junior teams play on home soil for the very first time.

Facing off against Northern Pride development teams, the CQ NRL Bid will have two junior sides, under-14s and U15, bringing the region a closer look at what could be in the future.

For the past two years, the Junior Development Program of CQ NRL Bid have had to travel south to the states capital and north to Townsville to play, but now are given the chance to show their talent at Victoria Park, Rockhampton.

"The home games are going to be really special for the players and their families," CQ NRL Bid Development officer Ian Webster said.

"Now it is time for Central Queensland to see how good these lads are."

Four Gladstone players are going to be part of the historic first home matches for CQ NRL Bid, Luke Pellegrinet, Lachlan Buchanan, Jack Glossop and Benn Richardson.

The boys will this year be given the chance to be part of a four day training camp in Rockhampton, learning a vast array of skills, both rugby league and life lessons.

Gladstone will be a big part of the NRL team if it is to come to fruition, and the four current junior players are an indication of just what our area has to offer.

"It is all about getting ready for the future and showcasing the talent we have," CQ NRL Bid board member Peter White said.

"These boys were in the squad last year, now they get to play at home which is great."

Two matches will be played by the CQ NRL Bid sides on Sunday, gates open at 12pm with a preliminary game, then the U14s at 1pm and U15s at 2pm.