Drovers muster support
By AARON KELLY ? TIMES are changing at Dawson Valley with players "coming out of the woodwork'' to play for the Moura-based club in 2005.
The Drovers are witnessing a player resurgence in the Rockhampton and District Rugby Union (RDRU) competition.
Dawson Valley has called on its newfound depth this weekend with six regular starters missing for today's round three home clash against competition frontrunners University.
"We've pretty well doubled our numbers during the off-season ? we've got players coming out of the woodwork,'' Drovers gamebreaker Joel Johnston said.
Led by Johnston and fellow Queensland Country representative Jamie Blyton, 20 players turned up for training in Rockhampton on Wednesday night while about 15 hit the park in Moura.
Johnston said injuries and work commitments were always a trouble at this time of the season, but the club had the depth to cover.
"We had 27 players turn up for a reserve grade game last week ? five players didn't get a jersey,'' Johnston said.
Two players making shock returns are long-serving forwards John "Jacko'' Wright and Roger Leeson, who both shelved their plans to retire after last year's grand final loss to Frenchville Pioneers.
"It was never guaranteed that they were going to retire ? we just thought they would,'' Johnston said.
Round 3: Today ? Brothers v Frenchville Pioneers (Rugby Park, 5.30pm), Dawson Valley v Un