Junior league gets new venue
RUGBY LEAGUE: Junior rugby league games in Rockhampton will be played at a new venue next season.
Councillors yesterday agreed to a request to make a section of Kele Park, near Rockhampton Airport, available for two fields.
Paul Jensen, the president of Rockhampton Junior Rugby League, made the request because he said Browne Park was over-used and it was often difficult to arrange fixtures.
He said moving to Kele Park would allow the next state carnival to be held in Rockhampton.
The league has seven active clubs, spread from Yeppoon to Gracemere, and with teams spanning age groups from six to 18. It was a struggle to find field time at Browne Park which is also used by schools, the Comets and other clubs, he said.
The league will take over the management of the former softball pitches – softball is now in a new facility at the same location.
The area is already prepared as a sporting ground, with a canteen, sprinkler system and lighting poles.
Mr Jensen’s application was supported by Rockhampton Primary Schools Rugby League.
Chairman Jeff Daniels wrote to Rockhampton Regional Council to say the availability of two additional fields at the same venue would enable the inter-school competition to expand.
He said at the 2009 competition, 59 teams representing 23 schools across the district, had to play fixtures on Friday afternoons.
“This meant that on any given Friday up to 1000 players were involved.
“This number of teams and players put an enormous strain on grounds and venues,” he said.
The two organisations were working together to give more children the chance to play rugby league.
Deputy Mayor Rose Swadling said playing rugby league at Kele Park, which also includes facilities for AFL, was a great solution for everyone.