Soldiers of football

? ROCKHAMPTON Queensland Country flanker Sean Kearns is saluting his fellow officer, and fellow rugby union player, Olivia Anderson.

Anderson, who also plays at flanker, hits the field for Central Queensland at this weekend's QRU Women's State Championships at Maroo- chydore.

Kearns has complete faith in his fellow officer's playing ability.

"Olivia doesn't need any advice from me, she's a strong player in her own right,'' he said.

Kearns not only supports Anderson in her training, but has also helped provide the wheels, in the form of a team bus, to help this team to another level of competition.

Emerald's Norma Ormond, 40, is the team's most senior player and a professional singer while Emerald's Brenda Johnston, the captain, has played touch football at the national level.

Competing at the State Championship level is new to many team-members and another person on debut is their coach, Rockhampton's Darren Solomons, this year's Readymix Rockhampton Brahmans open men's rugby coach.

"I'll give it to them ? their hearts are in the right place with some girls travelling in from Long- reach for a day's training ? they're also willing to listen and learn,'' Solomons said.

The championships hit the field at Maroochy- dore from Saturday to Monday and among their opposition will be Australian representatives and Sereana Tuqiri, the sister of Wallaby winger Lote Tuqiri.

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