LOCAL LEAGUE: Central Highlands player Brendan Finger pushes through the Toowoomba defence in the 47th Battalion Cup at Salter Oval in 2010.
LOCAL LEAGUE: Central Highlands player Brendan Finger pushes through the Toowoomba defence in the 47th Battalion Cup at Salter Oval in 2010. Max Fleet

Committee girls ensure smooth sailing in CH league comp

THE blokes may front the field of the Central Highlands Rugby League competition but it's a group of dedicated women who make sure the comp runs smoothly.

Pat Booker, who has volunteered tirelessly for the league for the past 15 years, will continue as president "at this stage" and Alanna Stanton and Anne Mackay are taking over the roles of secretary and treasurer for the first time this year.

"They are both from Clermont, which makes it really great to have some committee members from the same town. It makes it easier," Booker said.

"They are new to the Central Highlands positions but from clubs with positions."

Stanton helped with Central Highlands representative football previously and Booker said her experience would be invaluable.

Booker said the committee had a big year ahead of it and had already made a start by organising the representative team.

"It's been great, I am really looking forward to this year," she said.

"We are really organised."

Steven Bell put up his hand as the A-grade coach and Booker said there would also be an under-20 side this year.

"We have never had an under-20. We've had a 19s before but… adopted an U20 side," Booker said.

"We are hoping to have PJ Marsh as coach."

Both A-grade and the U20 side could look forward to a short, sharp representative season, Booker said.

The representative calendar kicks off on March 23, as the two rep teams play Gladstone in Clermont for the Capricorn Carnival.

In the other carnival match, Rockhampton will take on Central West. The two winners will play at a later date.

Central Highlands will take on Central West on April 6 for the Drummond Range Cup, hosted by the Emerald Tigers at McIndoe Park.

The final date on the representative calendar will be the 47th Battalion Carnival, which will see the regions that make up Central United battle it out for bragging rights.

This will clash will be on May 11-12 in Gladstone.

The U20 side is looking for representative players.

Phone Pat Booker on 0428 826 243.


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