Last year's Central Burnett Brumbies open team.
Last year's Central Burnett Brumbies open team. Contributed

Brumbies start to gallop ahead of match-up with Eagles

AFTER a sluggish start as teams scrambled to lock down their roster, the rugby league season is gaining momentum.

A training session is being held in Mundubbera tonight to begin the process of selecting the Central Burnett Brumbies representative team.

Central Burnett Rugby League secretary Melinda Thorburn said the return of Monto Roos, who are sending a bus-load of players down for the training, added a bit of an "unknown” element to the Brumbies, who recently comprised mostly of Eidsvold, Gayndah and Mundubbera players.

"Monto is back in the mix and I do know they've got some good players this season,” Thorburn said.

It is hoped there will be two or three evening training sessions for Central Burnett Brumbies before they play South Burnett Eagles in a representative game at Mundubbera's Archer Park on Saturday, April 13 at 2pm.

The best players from these two teams will combine to form the Burnett Brahmans, which will compete in the QRL Central Division 47th Batallion carnival, held in Kawana from May 3-5.

Thorburn urged spectators to head to the Brumbies v Eagles game and be prepared to witness some "really good quality football”.

She said having a good selector and coaches from the three Central Burnett teams there on the day would be important.

"It will be good to see what's out there (player-wise),” Thorburn said.

"The ultimate end goal is for us to have a team with some sort of awareness of the playing style of their teammates.”

Thorburn said the Brumbies typically got "towelled up” by the Eagles, but winning was not the point of this particular game.

"We've had good success over the past few years ... We've achieved a good representation of players (from across Central Burnett) in the team,” she said.

On top of training, Thorburn said the round-robin competition between Mundubbera Tigers, Gayndah Gladiators and Monto Roos on April 6 at Monto Sportsgrounds would give coaches and selectors "another look” at potential representative players.

The round-robin will kick off at 3pm for junior players, before Tigers and Roos kick off at 4pm, Tigers and Gladiators at 5pm, and Roos and Gladiators at 6pm.

The games will be played over 20-minute halves, and a bar and canteen will run until late.


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