BIG REVIVAL PUSH: Tom Wright, Jack Breadsell, Cole Crawford and Gary Larson are preparing for the new concept.
BIG REVIVAL PUSH: Tom Wright, Jack Breadsell, Cole Crawford and Gary Larson are preparing for the new concept. Contributed

New look for school-based league with Larson's 9s theme

DIMINISHING in past years, Gladstone's school-based rugby league is set to be revived.

League legend Gary Larson has stepped up to boost the sport once again.

Traditionally held over five weeks, the secondary schools competition has made way for a different concept this year, introducing the Gary Larson 9s.

Larson was more than happy to endorse the competition which will now be held on a single day, making continual travel for schools unnecessary, increasing numbers immediately.

"There are four divisions, Year 8 boys, Year 9/10 boys, Year 8/9 girls and Year 11/12 boys," newly appointed NRL game development officer Rodney Dahl said.

"The competition starts at 9am and finishes at 3pm. It is all over in one good day."

With only nine players at any one time are on the paddock for each team, the competition allows for schools to easily make up sides.

There is a maximum of 15 players for each side.

The nine minute halves tie into the Gary Larson 9s theme, allowing more players to have a run over the day.

The inclusion of girls in the 9s competition also is a big drawcard.

The event will be held on the last day of term, Friday April 4.

Teams attending

  • Gladstone State High
  • Toolooa State High
  • Chanel College
  • Tannum Sands State High
  • Miriam Vale State
  • Biloela State High
  • Moura State High