West reps on notice
CENTRAL Highlands Rugby League has plenty to crow about heading into this weekend’s hit-out with Central West in Teri.
With a team line-up bursting at the seams with playing talent, CH coach Cy Bielenberg said confidence was at an all-time high.
“We’ve got a bunch of players who have played representative football for either Central Queensland, Queensland Cup or the NRL. And knowing there are still really good players out there who we haven’t managed to pick up is a really good sign for league in the region.”
Headlining the squad’s star-studded league list was former Brisbane Broncos and Canterbury Bulldogs hooker Barry Berrigan. Barry is the older brother of former Bronco Shaun Berrigan.
Adding even more firepower to the CH outfit was former CQ Comets strikers Mick Fickling and Mitch Wyatte, who will offer that extra representative crunch.
“It’s going to help us a lot in the halves and around the ruck.
“The experience of these guys is going to go a long way with some of the younger players on the field.
“We’ve got the depth off the bench this year which we haven’t really had before.”
One of the main motivating factors behind the Highlands’ upcoming clash was the last-minute loss to Central West in Blackall last year.
He said trying to muscle out some sort of competition with only 11 players certainly had its challenges. He was however understanding of the impact the added workload had on his players.
“Central Highlands has been talked down a bit in representative football, but we’re trying to turn that around,” Bielenberg said.
“I can see where they are coming from because work and life comes first – football is a social thing.”
A 24-man Central Highlands squad has been named for this weekend which will be whittled down to 19 in preparation for the annual 47th Battalion carnival in Bundaberg.
While this year’s final selection will only be sourced from the Highlands, Bielenberg hoped players from the West might some day be included for their annual Bundaberg clash.
Kick-off is 5.30pm in Tieri.