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Coach Rex Gamble is ready to slip preparations into high gear with his Fitzroy-Gracemere Sharks facing the CQU Norths Chargers at Browne Park, Rockhampton on Sunday, March 6 in round one of the CQ Extended League.
After having a good hard look at his troops in the sides 46-16 loss to the QR Comets Development Squad, Gamble is close to selecting a side for the round one clash.
Gamble is also confident the side he selects will give the CQ Extended League a real shake.
"We are not going to lose week in, week out," Gamble explained.
"We are here to make an impact in 2005 and not just make up the numbers."
Gamble will have Comets trio Tui McKenzie, Trent Callaghan and Aoterangi Herangi at his disposal for the clash and is also hoping to have QR Comets Development Squad members Ben Curran and Malcom Darkin as well.
The Sharks have been working very hard on their discipline and fitness and players who have impressed in training so far this season are forwards Josh Binney, Jim Dockery and Jeff Cranston.
Gamble is particularly happy with the depth the club has displayed on the wings and in the forwards with about 30 players fighting for top grade spots.
The clash in the forwards will be the highlight with Josh Binney, Jim Dockery, Jeff Cranston and Comet Trent Callaghan likely to clash with Comets Fili Sofa, Kane Hardy and Herewini Rangi.
The main game will kick off at 3pm with under-19s at 12pm and reserve grade at 1.30pm.
So if your keen to check out some entertaining rugby league action be sure to get down to Browne Park on Sunday, March 6 for round one of the CQ Extended League.
In other CQ Extended League round one clashes Wallabies will face Biloela at Marley Brown Oval, Gladstone on Saturday, March 5 and on Sunday, March 6 Yeppon clash with Valleys at Webb Oval, Yeppon and Gladstone Brothers will face Rockhampton Brothers at Marley Brown Oval, Gladstone. Tannum Sands has the bye.
The Fitzroy-Gracemere Sharks would like to thank the following for their continued support in 2005 - DC Motors, The Cambridge Hotel, Red Lion Hotel, Arrow Property Maintenance, John Harbin, True Value Hardware and Kirsten Livermore MP.