Rocky Boars out in force

ROCKY cops will be out in force on the rugby field this weekend but it won't be crime they're fighting.

The officers have formed their own club, the Rockhampton Boars, and will play their first match this weekend in the 2006 Rockhampton and District Rugby Union sub-districts competition in Biloela.

"Police work is a team environment and rugby is a team sport .?.? it helps bond the people that work together and it allows them to mix with the public,'' club patron Chief Superintendent Kev Hedges said.

"The idea is to get police involved with the rest of the community.''

The club is the brainchild of Constable Nathan McCormack who spent last season playing for Colts.

"Its just a social factor for everyone,'' he said.

"A lot of people here used to play so we are bringing them out of retirement.''

But the competition will pose some challenges for the officers who will have to fit the games around shift work.

"Most of the guys will have to work a full shift before or after the game,'' club events co-ordinator Detective Constable Marya Groen-int-Woud said.

The club has enlisted about 30 players to ensure they are always able to field a team regardless of shift work pressures.

But they insist the club isn't for police only, saying anyone is welcome.

"We've got a few members of the public who are playing for us and a couple of people from corrective services,'' Constable McCormack said.

And they say they are still looking for more players, putting the call out for other emergency services workers to join them on the field.

"We told the ambo's and the firies about it but we haven't heard anything back,'' Constable McCormack said.

In today's A-grade games, University host Brothers and Frenchville Pioneers tackle Dawson Valley Drovers at Rugby Park.

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