Matt was there to cheer them all on

CENTRAL Queensland women's rugby league players were given some added incentive in Rockhampton last weekend when North Queensland Cowboys star fullback Matt Bowen made a surprise visit.

Cheered on by about 300 spectators at Rockhampton's Nutley Field on Saturday, Gladstone's Red Belly Blacks produced a hard-fought 32-26 win over Rockhampton's Darumbal Devils.

The Gladstone team's player of the match was fullback Hanna Geeshu while Rockhampton's best player was lock Kathleen Lyell.

With the assistance of many local businesses and sporting clubs, this league game was also about promoting and building strong healthy families, enhancing cultural identity and helping build stronger communities.

l Central Queensland is producing quality triathletes.

At last weekend's Noosa Triathlon Rockhampton's Haylee Ford (7th, 2:19.12), Sonya Murphy (8th, 2:20.55), Jodie Spottiswood (9th, 2:21.55) and Kelly Spottiswood (17th, 2:32.28) all recorded top 20 finishes in the female 20-24 years division.

Joining the 25-29 years top 20 were Gladstone's Prue Oswin (5th, 2:19.03) and Rebecca Josey (13th, 2:26.58) while Gladstone's Petro Kuiper placed ninth (2:22.29) in the 35-39 years division.

l You can't fault the club loyalty of Rockhampton netballer Theresa de Courcy.

At last month's Pumas netball club presentation Theresa received a special award for 25 years of continuous play with the club.



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