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The Central Queensland Extended League is ready to kick off with some blockbuster clashes coming up for the Central Queensland region.
On Saturday, March 5 Wallabies will face off against Biloela at Gladstone's Marley Brown Oval. Wallabies are the 2004 premiers and are looking to make it back to back titles. Wallabies player-coach Aaron Farrar has said his team has had a slow start to the season due to trialing players in different positions but is confident they will be very competitive once the season get's rolling while Biloela captain Paul Pyziakos is looking for his team to improve consistently each week.
On Sunday, March 6 three games will take place in Yeppon, Gladstone and Rockhampton.
The first of those is the Yeppon Seagulls clashing with Valleys at Webb Oval. The Seagulls have strengthened their squad adding Mitch Wyatte, Ryan Peters, Kurt Cawdron and Matt Hill. Seagulls new coach Graeme White is looking for his side to be very competitive this season while Valleys have recruited well too gaining former Comet Gerry Doyle, rugby union convert Stephen Cakau and Travis Ribot from Toowoomba. Valleys player-coach Aaron Earnshaw feels pre-season preparation has been good and his side has set the goal of making the finals.
The second clash could quite possibly be the match of the round with Rockhampton Brothers taking on their Gladstone cousins at Marley Brown Oval. Rocky Brothers have only only gotten stronger with the additions of Grant Broadhurst, Trent Biles, Adam Geddes, David Nixon and Mark Henry. Experienced coach Steve Parle has set the goals of making the finals once again while Gladstone Brothers new coach Matt Jones is looking to win the Extended League. This game will be a big test for Jones' new team with Parle fielding a strong side.
The final game of round one is the CQU Norths Chargers playing host to the Fitzroy-Gracemere Sharks at Browne Park. After finishing runners up in 2004 the Chargers are looking to go one better adding prolific try scorer Bradley Cameron who has returned to the club after a stint with the Murray Hurst coached Townsville Brothers while the Sharks biggest off season signing was that of new player-coach Rex Gamble. The former Comet is looking to have his team make an impact and with the additions Development Squad members Ben Curran and Malcom Darkin as well as Jeffery Rynne, Tui McKenzie, Aoterangi Herangi and former Brisbane Norths forward Trent Callaghan. A lot of people have written the Sharks off already in 2005 but they might just be the dark horse of the competition.
Tannum Sands will have the bye before playing Wallabies in round two of the CQ Extended League at Marley Brown Oval on Sunday, March 13.
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