Cit­rus Cup to kick off the sea­son

Central and North Burnett Times - - JUNIOR SPORT -

RUGBY LEAGUE: With the 2017 North Bur­nett Rugby League sea­son set to kick off at the end of May, the Gayndah Gla­di­a­tors com­pleted their last trial game with a wel­come vic­tory over the Wondai Wolves.

The Gla­di­a­tors trav­elled to Wondai at the week­end and re­turned with win­ning form which they hope to carry on into their first game of 2017.

The Gla­di­a­tors have a bye for the first of­fi­cial week of the sea­son so their first reg­u­lar sea­son game will be the Cit­rus Cup, played against Mundubbera.

The match is be­ing played in Gayndah this year to co­in­cide with the Gayndah Or­ange Fes­ti­val.

Gla­di­a­tors se­nior coach Rob Lins­kett said his team was look­ing for­ward to the start of the sea­son with a big game.

“It’s a great way to play for the Cit­rus Cup, there are a lot of ex-lo­cals who al­ways come back for the foot­ball,” Lins­kett said.

Each year the Cit­rus Cup game it­self is al­ter­nated be­tween Gayndah and Mundubbera.

“The boys have been train­ing re­ally well and are keen to get a start on the sea­son,” Lins­kett said.

“Also who­ever is crowned this year’s Or­ange Fes­ti­val Queen will of­fi­cially kick off the game for us.

“Our mighty Gayndah Gla­di­a­tors are in pre-sea­son train­ing and look­ing good for this game and the sea­son ahead.”

The Cit­rus Cup is sched­uled for Sun­day, April 30 at the Gayndah Sports Ground with a 6.30pm kick off time.

En­try into the game is $5 at the gate with en­try free for chil­dren un­der 18.

Along with the of­fi­cial sea­son kick off for the Gla­di­a­tors A-grade side, the Gayndah Masters team will be play­ing a cur­tain­raiser against the Kin­garoy Masters team.

A li­censed bar will also be avail­able along with the can­teen which will of­fer a range of food and drinks to en­joy.

A multi-draw raf­fle will also be run­ning along­side the tra­di­tional meat tray raf­fles and the try scor­ing dou­bles.

SAFE HANDS: Gla­di­a­tors are ready to start their sea­son.

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