Redclaws new team in town

AFTER years of discussion, the Central Highlands junior rugby union committee has taken action and formed a new club.

The representative sides have been in existence for 15 years but the side has never been an official club. Enter the Nogoa Redclaws.

Under-15s Redclaws coach Jim Fabish said it was an exciting time for CH rugby and explained the insight behind the name.

"We basically wanted a name that represented the CH but not only Emerald, or Springsure or Tieri," Fabish said.

"We wanted a name that encompassed the whole Highlands. The Nogoa River runs right through the region and the Redclaw is native to here.

"We play in the Rockhampton competition even though it's really hot at this time of year. It is our only real window that we have stand-alone rugby for the kids."

The u13s and 15s both travelled to Rockhampton at the weekend despite taking part in the Western 7s.

"Our u15s lost to Frenchville in a close game but we were down to only 15 players," he said.

"The weeks prior we had played really well and got two big wins, even though we weren't at full strength. I am looking forward to having a full squad in a few weeks' time.

"The u13s went down to Gladstone but they are very promising and I think they will go far. It is an exciting time for them."

This weekend the teams will head to Airlie Beach for the annual Viking Cup before a home game in Emerald the following Saturday. 

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