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Burleigh and Toowoomba have added further interest to an already jam-packed 2005 pre-season schedule.
Reigning premiers, the Bears have locked in a trial against Wests Newcastle at Pizzey Park on Friday, February 11.
The hit-out will see popular ex-Burleigh players Ryan Dagwell and Hudson Smith line up for the Rosellas, 2004 champions in the Newcastle Rugby League.
As if the task were not already imposing enough, Burleigh coach Rick Stone will split his squad, with trials in three grades against Redcliffe the following evening.
A possibility remains for all the games to be played on the same evening, although heat restrictions prohibit matches from beginning prior to 4pm in February.
Meanwhile, Toowoomba officials have tinkered with their pre-season and will now look to play New Zealand A in Gympie after a proposed match against the USA fell through.
The New Zealand A clash is still yet to be finalised, with the possibility of further trials against Fiji and South Sydney on top of cemented games versus Norths and Souths Logan.
Listed below are tentative dates for trial games in 2005, involving clubs from the Queensland Cup and NRL Telstra Premiership.
Feb 5 -- Central QLD v Melbourne -- Browne Park Feb 5 -- Tweed Heads v USA -- Cudgen Feb 9/15 -- Toowoomba V New Zealand A -- Gympie Feb 11 ?- Burleigh v Wests Newcastle ? Pizzey Park Feb 12 -- Wynnum v Manly -- Kougari Oval Feb 12 -- Burleigh v Redcliffe -- Pizzey Park Feb 12 -- Toowoomba v TBC -- Bundaberg Feb 12 -- Central QLD V NQ Cowboys -- Browne Park Feb 12/13 ?- Souths Logan Nines Tournament ?- Davies Park Feb 19 -- NQ Cowboys v Cronulla -- Mackay Feb 19 -- NQ Young Guns v Mackay -- Mackay Feb 19 -- Brisbane Broncos v Melbourne -- Carrara Stadium Feb 19 -- Toowoomba v Norths -- Carrara Stadium Feb 19 -- Ipswich v Easts -- Caloundra Feb 19 -- Redcliffe v Souths Logan -- Dolphin Oval Feb 19 -- Wynnum v Burleigh -- Kougari Oval Feb 20 -- Tweed Heads v Norths -- Runaway Bay Feb 25 -- NQ Cowboys v Melbourne-- Cairns Feb 25 -- NQ Young Guns v Cairns -- Cairns Feb 26 -- Brisbane Broncos v Canberra -- Toowoomba Feb 26 -- Toowoomba v Souths Logan -- Toowoomba Feb 26 -- Penrith v Sydney Roosters -- Carrara Stadium Feb 26 -- Central QLD v Canberra ? Browne Park Feb 26 -- Burleigh v Tweed Heads -- Carrara Stadium Feb 26 -- Easts v Norths -- Langlands Park
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