ON SHOW: Gladstone Raidettes swarm to make a tackle in a grand final. The team will play in front of the biggest crowd they have ever faced when they raise the curtain for the Legends of League match in Rockhampton.
ON SHOW: Gladstone Raidettes swarm to make a tackle in a grand final. The team will play in front of the biggest crowd they have ever faced when they raise the curtain for the Legends of League match in Rockhampton. Christopher Chan

Spotlight falls on Raidettes in major match

THREE weeks have passed since Gladstone's women's rugby league team the Raidettes were able to find an opponent, but finally the day has come.

The ladies will travel to Rockhampton on Saturday night to take on a side aiming at an indigenous competition later in the year.

Getting the match on a bye week from regular competition in Bundaberg, where the Raidettes play, it may even prove to be one of the bigger matches the Gladstone team plays, with a huge crowd expected at Browne Park.

""I got a call from the guy organising the Legends of League. He had a team unable to attend," Raidettes Coach Glenn Butcher said.

"It is the main curtain raiser. It should be a crowd of about 2000 people."

Never before have the Raidettes played in front of a crowd so big.

This year the team has struggled to actually find a match to play, with a number of byes and forfeits hampering their progression.

The match in Rockhampton tonight will lead into three straight home matches for the Raidettes, and is welcomed by the coach and players.

"It is hard for consistency," Butcher said.

"We have three games in a row at home. This will be a good run."

In addition to being a preview to the Legends of League and an important match for the Raidettes to get some game time, the match will also be a good occasion for NAIDOC week.

"We rallied the troops," Butcher said.

"It is for NAIDOC week. We are heading up to play a team that is looking at featuring in an indigenous carnival."