League leg­ends se­lected for squad

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Philippe Coquerand philippe.coquerand@cnbtimes.com.au

RUGBY LEAGUE: With the suc­cess of last week­end’s win by the North­ern Dis­tricts at the North Wide Bay tri­als, sev­eral play­ers have been se­lected to com­pete fur­ther.

Tak­ing place at the end of the month is the an­nual 47th bat­tal­ion, which in­volves a se­lec­tion of top se­nior play­ers to com­pete in the North Wide Bay Rangers.

It’s the strong­est com­pe­ti­tion in re­gional Queens­land league and has run more than 50 years.

Lisa An­der­son, man­ager for the Rangers, said the com­pe­ti­tion in­volved teams from across the re­gion.

“It’s the big­gest com­pe­ti­tion for league play­ers and I’m sure ev­ery­one would love to be cho­sen to com­pete,” An­der­son said.

“The 47th bat­tal­ion is where all se­nior teams come to­gether from the Sun­shine Coast, Toowoomba, Bund­aberg, Cen­tral High­lands, Rock­hamp­ton, Glad­stone and the North Wide Bay Rangers.

“We also have the women’s com­pe­ti­tion from the Sun­shine Coast, Cen­tral High­lands, Bund­aberg, south-west, Glad­stone and Rock­hamp­ton.”

Six play­ers were se­lected from the Cen­tral Burnett team. They were Ja­cob Klaasen, Daniel Au­gus­tine, Bren­dan Au­gus­tine, Mitchell Thor­burn, Bai­ley Kim­ber and Cameron Mac­don­ald.

The cen­tral di­vi­sion is as big as New South Wales.

“It’s the best of each area and out of that com­pe­ti­tion play­ers are se­lected for the state car­ni­val,” An­der­son said.

The 47th bat­tal­ion car­ni­val will be held in Rock­hamp­ton on the April 29–30 week­end.

The im­ple­men­ta­tion of a women’s rugby league team is a pos­i­tive step in the com­pe­ti­tion.

“It’s al­ways good to see the women play­ing the sport and we’re just try­ing to get a com­pe­ti­tion for the women so they ex­pe­ri­ence the next level of the game,” An­der­son said.

Se­lected for the North Wide Bay squad, Cameron Mac­don­ald said it was a big shock to be cho­sen but he was very proud.

“I never thought I’d be se­lected for the Cen­tral Burnett team but it’s very ex­cit­ing for all of us,” Mac­don­ald said.

“We’re pre­par­ing our­selves for the com­pe­ti­tion. We have some very tal­ented play­ers so that should def­i­nitely help.”

❝ It’s the big­gest com­pe­ti­tion for league play­ers and I’m sure ev­ery­one would love to be cho­sen. — Lisa An­der­son

PHOTO: ROBERT RED­FERN

KICK­ING GOALS: Six play­ers have been se­lected from the 2017 Cen­tral Burnett Rugby League team to play in the 47th bat­tal­ion.

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