Gladstone players out to impress Queensland selectors
RUGBY LEAGUE: The annual Central Division 47th Battalion will kick off this weekend in Gladstone and provide Queensland representative opportunities for local club players.
Hosted by Gladstone Rugby League at the Briffney Park fields, the weekend rugby league will put on an exciting display of skills and talent from U18s and U20s grades.
Queensland Rugby League Central director Glenn Ottaway said the weekend was a great opportunity for regional players to get noticed by selectors.
"The purpose of the weekend carnival is to select a regional Queensland team from the two grades and give them a chance to play representative football,” Ottaway said.
"The winner of the carnival will play again in July in Redcliffe against the South-East Queensland side.”
State selectors will be at the carnival watching some of the region's best players.
Every team will play three games and this year there is a difference with a consolation final plate to play for.
Gladstone will put forward Jesse Ingham, Kaena Truskette and Brandon Steele in the U18s and U20s grades to try to win the prestigious trophies and gain representative honours.
Teams will attend from Roma, Burnett, Outback, Rockhampton, Central Highlands, Toowoomba and Bundaberg.
"There will be players coming as far as Mt Isa, Charleville (and) Longreach and this carnival covers a big chunk of the state's representative prospects,” Ottaway said.
He also pointed out the history and importance of the trophy for the players and whoever attends the popular carnival.
The 47th Battalion Memorial Trophy was donated in 1971 by Bundaberg's Peter Marcellos, who served in World War II in the battalion for which the trophy was named.
The competition began in 1971 and drew together rugby league players and members of the 47th Battalion in the spirit of co-operation and remembrance of those members of the battalion.