Rockhampton High’s Khalyn Birda and Scott Bray are eager to tackle nine-a-side rugby league on Friday.
Rockhampton High’s Khalyn Birda and Scott Bray are eager to tackle nine-a-side rugby league on Friday. Sharyn Oneill

Young guns to tackle league nines

KHALYN Birda is made for nine-a-side rugby league.

The powerfully-built speedster is one of 150 high school rugby league players who are looking forward to the wide open spaces in the inaugural PCYC Dreamtime Shield rugby league 9s carnival on Friday.

In a precursor to the 2011 Rockhampton Secondary Schools Rugby League competition, Rockhampton High School is hosting the nine-a-side competition at the school grounds.

Rockhampton, North Rockhampton, Glenmore, Yeppoon and Mount Morgan State High Schools have each nominated teams in the Year 10 and Open divisions.

Each side plays four 15 minute matches throughout the day, before a grand final in each division.

“We thought it’d give the kids a good opportunity to have a hit-out prior to the start of the schoolboy competition in term three,” co-organiser and Rockhampton High School teacher Glenn Olive said.

Olive, along with fellow teacher Damien Kelso, realised there was a genuine opportunity to have a carnival for the State school students to compete in.

“We just wanted to try something new and give State schools something to play for,” Olive said.

“We’d like to give everyone an opportunity to play rugby league.”

The pair joined forces with the Rockhampton PCYC’s Randall Warkill to organise the carnival which kicks off at 9.30am on Friday.



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