Gladstone women taken a hit

The Observer - - YOUR SAY - NICK KOSSATCH [email protected]­sto­neob­

WOW! WHAT a week it’s been in the Gladstone Rugby League con­fines.

It’s been a mixed week and - of course - the big­gest high­light for fans was Thurs­day evening’s Johnathan Thurston Live 2018 at the GECC.

Un­for­tu­nately I could not at­tend what was a ‘bucket list’ night, but good on those who did meet the great man.

The North Queens­land Cow­boy great made most of all the tal­ent that he has and pro­duced the goods – none bet­ter than his field goal to break Bris­bane Bron­cos in that 2015 epic de­cider. Thurston brings me to the next phase of this col­umn and while he is ar­guably the great­est league player, Gladstone’s Chelsea Baker is our own ‘JT’.

It’s be­cause of her, that the growth of women in league in Gladstone has gone through the roof.

Other fe­male play­ers are start­ing to make their mark such as Tan­num Sea­gals pair of Krys­tal Sul­ter and Vassa Hunter along with Gladstone Wal­laby’s Sa­van­nah Prat­ten.

These three are in the Queens­land Women's De­vel­op­ment Camp which will run for two-days in Bris­bane.

It’s a sign that Gladstone rugby league is grow­ing and backed up by the Sea­gals’ mem­o­rable grand fi­nal win against Rock­hamp­ton Broth­ers.

It was in the then In­ter City Women’s com­pe­ti­tion.

It will be no longer be­cause the Rock­hamp­ton clubs have voted to have Tan­num Sea­gals, Gladstone Val­leys, Wal­labys and Cal­liope Roost­ers out of the ex­tended com­pe­ti­tion.

Gladstone and Rocky will now have their own women’s com­pe­ti­tions.

As far as I’m con­cerned, women’s footy has taken two steps back after a quan­tum leap for­ward just a few short years ago. 2019 will bring, at this stage, a five-team for­mat in both Gladstone and Rock­hamp­ton.

Some peo­ple have said that the GRL and RRL have been pig-headed and some have said Rocky have done this be­cause a Gladstone-based team won the ex­tended com­pe­ti­tion.

I did have a smile at that com­ment. But all bias aside, is it not best for both leagues to work to­gether for the bet­ter­ment of women’s rugby league mov­ing for­ward? And that’s not to fix some­thing that didn’t need fix­ing.

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