RETURNING: Woorabinda Rugby League Club president Joel Cameron is looking forward to the 2017 season where they will field teams in the A-grade,reserve and under-20s competitions.
RETURNING: Woorabinda Rugby League Club president Joel Cameron is looking forward to the 2017 season where they will field teams in the A-grade,reserve and under-20s competitions. Chris Ison ROK011216cwoorabinda1

Look who is back from the brink

RUGBY LEAGUE: A sleeping giant not seen since 2002 will dance their way back into the Rockhampton A-grade rugby league competition determined to leave a mark.

The mighty Woorabinda Warriors re-join the league after 14 years in the wilderness.

Fresh from their reserve grade grand final heroics, the side will field three grades for the first time in their proud history.

It is a move club president Joel Cameron and secretary Lesley Bligh have been talking of for years.

"I remember having a sook about how I was sick of always having to go out to Rocky for games," Cameron recalled.

"And Lesley said to me, 'why don't we bring the Warriors back, I'll be secretary.

"So it has been a four year process. A lot of people turned their back and wrote us off. You'd hear things like 'we will never make it back' and 'they're done'.

"But all the hard work and commitment is done, we kept our heads up and we are back."

READ: What Woorabinda's only NRL player Reggie Cressbrook had to say about his new role as coach.

In a town where rugby league is everything, the three grades will play for more than their club.

 

L-R Woorabinda Warriors A grade coach Reggie Cressbrook, club president Joel Cameron and Reserve grade coach Anthony Munns are looking forward to the 2017 Rugby League season that will see them field teams in all three grades.
L-R Woorabinda Warriors A grade coach Reggie Cressbrook, club president Joel Cameron and Reserve grade coach Anthony Munns are looking forward to the 2017 Rugby League season that will see them field teams in all three grades. Chris Ison ROK011216cwoorabinda3

In 2016, the Warriors carried the whole community through the labours of life. Something Cameron aims to replicate before the 2017 season.

"We had a lot of sorrow weeks before the grand final this year, so to win it for our people was great.

"We said to the boys in the dressing sheds just before kick off, 'you are playing for your whole community, not just your club'.

"For the last 10 plus years we have played out of Rocky clubs, and while we made a lot of friends, it wasn't the same.

"35 players signed up last year for the reserve grade side, so plenty missed out. With all three grades we should really leave a mark."

 

Woorabinda Warriors A grade coach and former NRL and QRL player Reggie Cressbrook is looking forward to the 2017 season where they will field teams in the A, reserve and under 20 competitions.
Woorabinda Warriors A grade coach and former NRL and QRL player Reggie Cressbrook is looking forward to the 2017 season where they will field teams in the A, reserve and under 20 competitions. Chris Ison ROK011216cwoorabinda5

They want to become part of the fabric of the Rockhampton competition, not a one season wonder.

"We want to be here for the long haul, for the long term. We plan to tackle domestic violence as well and have a partnership with the Queensland Police," Bligh said.

"In the past we have had kids play for other clubs, we want that to end and them play for us.

"We are desperately looking for sponsors and anyone is welcome to come have a run."

For now, the club will play out of Baralaba but hope to have games in Woorabinda.

Full coaching staff:

  • Under-20s:

Daniel Roberts

Leroy Wilson

David Munns

  • Reserve grade:

Gerry Doyle

Anthony Munns

  • A-grade:

Reggie Cressbrook

Hughie Stanley



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