The best of rugby league talent will be on display in Rocky
RUGBY LEAGUE: Tannum Seagals' star Allegra Witeri said the switch from union to league is something that will benefit her.
And what better way to showcase her new skill-set at the Warba Wangarunya Rugby League Carnival this Saturday and Sunday in Rockhampton.
Witeri is a member of a star-studded Dubz Up team which includes some players with NRLW experience.
"We're expecting great competition and training has been good," she said.
"We will have another team run on the Friday before the carnival."
Witeri has only played league for 18 months and played union for Meteors and Gladstone Rugby Union Football Club women's teams.
But she said the carnival will be a great preparation for the season proper.
"It's a good chance to build on more skills before the season starts," she said.
St George-Illiawarra and former Australian Jillaroo Teina Clarke will also represent Dubz Up and team manager Darnae Davey said it's a collection of players from Gladstone and afar.
"We didn't have a team last year and have a few from Gladstone Wallabys, Tannum Seagals, Calliope Roosters, Gladstone Valleys, Mackay and New South Wales," she said.
"They are just friends of mine who I met since I came to Australian from New Zealand 16 years ago."
Dubz Up is one of three Gladstone-based teams and the other two are women's team Australian Pacific LNG Byelee Possums, coached by Dan Burns and Ashley Dodd-coached Gladstone Ringers in the men's competition.
Because there will be a record number of teams, the yearly Durambal Community Youth Services-hosted carnival will be played at RGS Rugby Park and not Rocky's Browne Park as had originally been planned.
Carnival organiser Charlene Mann said 24 teams will try to get their hands on the $40,000 prize-money pie.
"This is the largest number of teams we've had and we'll have games being played on two fields," she said.
"The carnival is growing through word of mouth. I believe the quality of the carnival and the cultural aspect that it offers is helping to attract more and more people."
There will be 16 men and eight women teams that will feature on the weekend.
Women: Chris Sellen Memorial, Lawtos Ladies, Flora Sandilands Memorial (The Highlanders), Australian Pacific LNG Byelee Possums, Bowen's Buccaneers, Emu Girls, Dubz Up, FNQ Stingers
Men: Ted Wortley Memorial Team, Bundaberg Eels, Hunters, Garry Field Memorial Team, Black Magic, MDC Warriors, Mission Connection, Central Coast Cockatoos, Nyarla Pride, Jeff 'Jeffro' Conway Memorial (The Highlanders), United, Lawtos Legends, Bunji United, Gungarri Snakes, Gladstone Ringers, Tunuba Dakani