Let the battle be­gin

Long wait fi­nally over for TDRL clubs with sea­son kick­ing off this week­end

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport - by Michael Thompson michael. thompson@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

CEN­TRALS started the 2011 Townsville and Dis­tricts Rugby League sea­son with a 24-20 win over Univer­sity last night.

The ac­tion con­tin­ues to­day with Char­ters Tow­ers hosti n g d e f e n d i n g p r e mi e r s Brothers and Bin­dal Sharks meet­ing Bur­dekin at Shark Park.

A two-week de­lay due to wet weather has failed to place a damp­ener on the sea­son start, with all teams fit and fir­ing for the year ahead.

This sea­son also fea­tures t h e i n a u g u r a l T D R L women’s competition and a new club in Norths join­ing the se­nior ranks in re­serve grade and un­der-18s.

Many eyes will be on last year’s fifth-placed team Univer­sity af­ter a string of off­sea­son sign­ings in­clud­ing for­mer NRL star Ge­orge G a t i s a n d e x - B r i s b a n e Bron­cos NYC player Ryan Mad­sen.

Cen­trals have pulled off a re­cruit­ment boon by adding for­mer Sun­shine Coast cap­tain and club ju­nior Cameron Joyce to their ranks.

Joyce joins for­mer Bur­dek i n R o o s t e r C h i p p i e Korostchuk among new faces in a squad cap­tained by for­mer Aus­tralian School­boys r e p r e s e n t a t i v e W a l l a c e Solomona.

Bur­dekin have also been ac­tive in the player mar­ket, some handy ac­qui­si­tions in Shaun Casey, Shaun Ashwell and Tre­mayne Bowie should see the premiers re­main a force. Char­ters Tow­ers and Sharks have also been rel­a­tively quiet on the re­cruit­ment front and head into the s e a s o n wit h l a r g e l y un­changed squads.

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