SEASON STARTER: The Biloela Panthers are excited to host their annual 9-A-side carnival this weekend.
SEASON STARTER: The Biloela Panthers are excited to host their annual 9-A-side carnival this weekend.

Fast paced footy to light up Biloela

OVER 150 rugby league players are set to compete in Biloela this weekend at a jam-packed nine-a-side carnival.

10 mens and four womens teams from clubs across Central Queensland, including Biloela, will play at the Biloela Panthers Rugby League Club’s sixth edition of their annual nine-a-side carnival.

Biloela Panthers president Pat Barron said there is $1,000 prize money up for grabs.

“This is something different for the players to be a part of instead of playing against the same group year after year in the Rockhampton competition,” Barron said.

“It’s not so serious, it’s more of a social event compared to other similar events.

“It’s a way to build interest in the Callide Valley for football because we are struggling for numbers at the club this year.”

Teams from Gladstone, Emu Park, Monto and further afield will aim to put on a show of fast paced rugby league with rule changes aimed at producing games with limited stoppages.

Each game will have nine minute halves and rule changes include kicking off with a drop kick, no scrums or kicks for touch after a penalty and unlimited interchange.

“The womens draw has been around for three years and that’s coming leaps and bounds,” Barron said.

“People like watching the womens game.

“The Panthers have been pushing for a womens side for a number of years but we just haven’t got the interest yet.”

Each team can have 15 players with all players having to be registered club players with QLD Rugby League along with each team requiring a qualified coach, trainer and leagues safe.

Games will run on both the Panthers junior and senior oval.

“Everyone wants to win the prize money but I say enjoy yourself, throw the footy around and have some beers,” Barron said.

Kick-off is 10am from the Rainbow Street complex, February 29.



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