Gladstone Raidettes dominate Capras side for Battalion

GLADSTONE'S Raidettes will make up three quarters of the Capricornia Capras women's side when the 47th Battalion rugby league carnival kicks off on Saturday.

After scoring a dominant 24-4 win over Rockhampton last weekend, 14 of the 20-woman Capras squad will be Raidettes when they take on the Sunshine Coast, Bundaberg and the Mustangs this weekend.

Coach Glenn Butcher is impressed with the strength of the Gladstone group and says the addition of Rockhampton and Highlands players will give the Capras a good shot at tackling the might of the Sunshine Coast.

"They are the strongest team," he said. "There are 30 or 40 women's teams for them to pick from.

"The girls are looking forward to it."

The Capras kick off at 11.40am on Saturday against the Mustangs, a combined side from Toowoomba who the Capricornia women defeated last time around.

"We won one game last year against the Mustangs and lost against the stronger teams," Butcher said.

The results from last year matter little, though, and Butcher believes his side will improve on last year's outing.

"They should go well," he said. "Most of the run-on side will be the Raidettes and will stand up to the level.

"Three games is a lot of games for the women in one weekend."

While the Capras women are hopeful of producing good results, Butcher is also urging everyone to watch the 47th Battalion before it is too late.

This is the second time Gladstone has held the carnival, which is likely to move to a new host next year.

The event has again been given the support of the local community in order to make it viable.

"Homeground has come on board again," Butcher said. "They are putting up over 100 players each night. The deal they have set up for us is very substantial."