WATCH: Women in league ready for next step
RUGBY LEAGUE: In further evidence of the growth of talent in women's league in Gladstone - Wallabys, Tannum Seagals, Gladstone Valleys and Calliope Roosters will be well-represented in the Raidettes team which will play in the 47th Battallion Carnival in Toowoomba next month.
Australian Jillaroo and member of the World Cup-winning team Chelsea Baker will lead the Raidettes side in which coach Andy Butler is bullish about its chances in the carnival which is from May 4-6.
"We've got a few new players in there this year and they are all pretty talented and look forward to working with them," he said.
The team will training for the first time together tonight at Marley Brown Oval.
"We're quietly confident that we'll do better than what we did last year hopefully and that's the target anyway," Butler said.
Calliope Roosters product and former Jillaroo Cody House is also in the Raidettes team which consists of 10 from Wallabys, five from Seagals, three from the Roosters and one from Gladstone Valleys.
"We're looking at getting as many people into the next level as we can and we have a few good players there," he said.
Aside from high-level players Baker and House, Butler expects strong performances from Calliope Roosters' player Te Rauhina Wall, Wallabys' Zeah Lane and basically our halves are good too in Carly Hill (Wallabys) and Vassa Hunter (Seagals).
The coach also hopes Seagals' gun Krystal Sulter will replicate her 'Raidettes Player of the Carnival' form of last year.
Raidettes will play Rockhampton in the first game on day one and Butler explained if the team wins its first two matches, then a place in the semi-final is locked in.
"If you win that, then you go into the major final, but if you lose, you will go into the plate final," he said.
Butler's other focus is to try and get as many Raidettes selected into the Central Crows team to be in the frame to then get selected in the Queensland Country side later in the year.
Meanwhile, the search is on for prospective under-16 Gladstone female players ahead of the CQ junior Capras trials to be held in Blackwater on May 12-13.
More information will be given as it comes to hand on the 'Gladstone Junior Raidettes Info' and 'Gladstone Rugby League' Facebook sites.
Call 0403291246 or 0405308373 for more information.
Wallabys: Chelsea Baker, Zeah Lane, Carly Hill, Sharnee Werahiko, Jill Kornbrekke, Jubilee Bennett, Savannah Pratten, Rikarra Benjamin, Hollie Bimrose, Cath Langridge
Tannum Seagals: Krystle Daly, Krystal Sulter, Vassa Hunter Jr, Shirika Toby, Louise Hunter
Calliope Roosters: Kody House, Te Rauhina Wall, Rachael Post
Gladstone Valleys: Martha Wharewera