Sport

It's game on for league's centenary year

CHARGING RUN: Inspirational front rower Daniel Tanner will again lead the Norths Chargers in the Rockhampton Rugby League competition.
CHARGING RUN: Inspirational front rower Daniel Tanner will again lead the Norths Chargers in the Rockhampton Rugby League competition. Chris Ison ROK030716cleague5

RUGBY LEAGUE: Reigning premiers Norths Chargers and three-times Nines champions, the Yeppoon Seagulls, clash in a blockbuster opener to the Rockhampton senior rugby league competition.

The Rockhampton Rugby League celebrates its centenary this year and the 10 A-grade teams will be desperate to have their name etched on the coveted Jack Browne Memorial Premiership Cup in such a monumental season.

Norths start their quest for back-to-back premierships with a road trip to battle the highly fancied Seagulls at Webb Oval on Sunday afternoon.

Who do you think will win this year's competition?

This poll ended on 29 March 2017.

Current Results

Norths Chargers

27%

Rockhampton Brothers

21%

Yeppoon Seagulls

12%

Gladstone Valleys

2%

Gladstone Brothers

3%

Woorabinda Warriors

7%

Emu Park Emus

1%

Biloela Panthers

2%

Fitzroy Gracemere Sharks

22%

Tannum Sands Seagulls

0%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Woorabinda, who return to the A-grade comp after a 14-year absence, take on Gladstone Brothers, Tannum Sands meets Emu Park and Biloela and Valleys face off in today's fixtures.

Fittingly in the league's 100th year, two of its foundation clubs - Rockhampton Brothers and Fitzroy-Gracemere - meet on Sunday to complete the Round 1 draw.

READ: Norths do the impossible as Brothers rue the one that got away

Norths coach Kane Hardy said his team was a "little underdone" heading into the season opener but he was confident his players would quickly warm to their task.

"We haven't played a trial game so we'll be starting a little bit slow but we've just got to be patient.

"We will be a bit slow out of the blocks but after two or three weeks, once we've got used to each other and have got that match fitness, I'll expect we will start to fire.

"If we can win two out of the first five it will really set us up."

Hardy expects the Seagulls to come out firing, looking to play fast through the middle.

"We'll have to be very disciplined and complete our sets and get into the grind with them," he said.

"We've just got to be aggressive and control that middle, and make sure we don't give them any opportunities."

Experienced campaigner Dan Tanner will captain Norths again this season and Hardy is looking to him and fellow front rower Matt Jarvis to lead from the front.

The coach is tipping big things from his fullback Dan Levi and will also welcome back the talented and "tough as nails" Darcy Davies who will play at either lock or hooker.

READ:Super Seagulls make in three in a row at Nines

Seagulls coach Scott Minto is confident of a strong showing in 2017 after his team was crippled by injuries last year, and coming up against the reigning premiers first up would provide a good yardstick.

"The first full hit-out with the squad is always a good opportunity to get things right and start to build for the year.

"This will be a good test and I'm sure the guys will be up to the challenge," he said.

Captain Jonathan Tavinor will be itching to get back on the paddock after missing all but the opening game of the 2016 season through injury.

Minto believes that his pairing with Cody Grills in the halves will be vital to his team's chances, as will their more senior and experienced forward pack.

The Seagulls will also welcome back Dave McLellan, Sam Creedon and Nick Deaves, who will be sure to push the younger members.

Minto said getting the basics right would be important against Norths on Sunday, as would containing skipper Tanner who has the ability to turn a game.

"It's those small things that allow the team to get some momentum.

"We just need some more time together for the players to gel and get a feel for each other game.

"Everyone in this group wants to play for each other so that means my job's half done before I even get to training."

ROUND 1 FIXTURES

3pm Saturday: Woorabinda v Gladstone Brothers, Baralaba

6pm Saturday: Tannum Sands v Emu Park, Tannum Sands

7pm Saturday: Biloela v Gladstone Valleys, Biloela

3pm Sunday: Yeppoon v Norths Chargers, Webb Oval

3pm Sunday: Fitzroy- Gracemere v Rockhampton Brothers, Browne Park

Who do you think will win this year's competition?

This poll ended on 29 March 2017.

Current Results

Norths Chargers

27%

Rockhampton Brothers

21%

Yeppoon Seagulls

12%

Gladstone Valleys

2%

Gladstone Brothers

3%

Woorabinda Warriors

7%

Emu Park Emus

1%

Biloela Panthers

2%

Fitzroy Gracemere Sharks

22%

Tannum Sands Seagulls

0%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.



8 things you didn't know you could do at North Straddie

NORTH Stradbroke Island is the perfect getaway whether you plan to stay for a day, a week or even a month.

A whisky-lover's blurprint to Brisbane's best bars

Check out The Gresham for some old-school fine drops.

SCOTCH, Whiskey and Whisky; it all gets a bit confusing.

Your guide to the best Brisbane markets

Enjoy the beautiful offerings of one of Brisbane's many markets.

WHO doesn’t love a good market!?

Ain’t no mountain high enough

No Caption

Brisbane's dishing up the mountain-hiking goods!

Six hideaway bars to escape winter chill

The Gresham's charm will win you over before your first sip.

THESE are the perfect places to hang this winter.

Our six art gallery picks for a creative day out

Queensland's Gallery of Modern Art always has a fun, exciting and interesting exhibition on show for the whole family to enjoy.

YOU'D be mistaken in thinking Brisbane wasn't an arty city.

Brisbane's arts and culture events centre stage

You loved the film, now you're about to love the musical. Don't miss The Bodyguard The Musical in Brisbane this July.

THE arts and culture events you don't want to miss.

First home buyer's grant should boost market

REIQ figures show Rockhampton's median house price for the March quarter dropped 3.7% to $260,000 and Livingstone's price fell 9.7% to $347,500.

Rockhampton property market treads water

BOUT BONANZA: Win tickets to Horn V Pacquiao ringside

You could be there for the fight of the century: Jeff Horn taking on eight-time world champion and all-time boxing great Manny Pacquiao in Brisbane.

You and a mate could be ringside to witness sporting history.

Rocky deal a first home buyer's dream

NEW HOME DEAL: An example of the Bank St house and land package.

Local developer releases exclusive house and land package

Local Partners

TV REVIEW: Offspring season 7 is... fine

New Offspring won’t be remembered as the best season, but fans will still watch.

What's on at the cinemas over the school holidays

Tom Holland in a scene from the movie Spider-man: Homecoming.

Escape from reality over the holidays with a trip to the movies.

Rapper accidentally drops Banksy's real name in interview

Banksy’s ‘The girl with a balloon.’

Rapper Goldie may have just outed Banksy's real identity

Mariah Carey slammed for on-set antics

Mariah Carey’s cameo in the movie The House was reportedly scrapped.

Actor spills the beans on Mariah’s “borderline abusive” behaviour.

Celebrity chef Darren Simpson dead after long illness

Celebrity chef Darren Simpson has died.

Celebrity chef died after battle with an alcohol-related illness

Ellen shames audience member

Ellen shamed an audience member who stole from her gift shop.

TALK show host catches audience member stealing from her gift shop.

Millionaire’s riches to rags experiment

Businessman Tim Guest swapped his comfortable lifestyle for 10 days to experience what it is like to be homeless.

Businessman discovers harsh realities of homelessness in new series.

Fame factor boosts property prices in Byron

The stunning Clarke's Beach in Byron Bay.

House prices surge by an incredible 39.5% in star-studded area

Builders relish Coast's growing construction rates

The Coast's average house price has risen from by more than $10,000 in the past three years to $507,100.

House numbers and values are rising on the Coast

Open for inspection: Coast homes go on show

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection.

Residents powerless to stop Airbnb ‘party houses’

A photo of a bucks party at a short-term rental in the Watergate Apartments in Melbourne’s Docklands, presented to a Victorian parliamentary committee into changes to laws governing short-stay accommodation.

Residents band together to fight the rise of AirBnB 'party houses'

Mining giants in fight that could spell disaster for NQ town

STAND OFF: There are perfectly good homes for workers, but mining company QCoal could be forced to build a camp and the deserted streets and empty houses of Glenden would remain.

How two mining companies could ruin this small town

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!