Under-18s merge with Gladstone

Central Highlands juniors take on the defence.
Central Highlands juniors take on the defence.

A STRONG surge in playing numbers and good backing for a new age division gave Central Highlands Junior Rugby Union the impetus to introduce a CH under-18 grade into the Rockhampton-based competition.

With lower grades continuing to prosper, calls were made to offer the more senior players in the Central Highlands junior ranks another outlet to further their representation in the region.

However, the venture which had such promising beginnings has come crashing down with the realisation Central Highlands continued presence in the Rockhampton under-18 competition was unsustainable.

But rather than fold altogether, CQ regional development manager Joel Johnston said the remaining CH players would combine with the Gladstone under-18s to see the season out. It's expected the new-look side will play the majority of its games in Rockhampton.

CQ development officer Daniel Hooper said they hoped to make the best out of a bad situation.

"It's disappointing, but we'll play with what we've got," Hooper said.

CH junior games kick into round three this afternoon.

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