Wallaroos ready to test strength

RUGBY LEAGUE: The Maryborough Wallaroos have been back at training for three weeks and know the countdown is on as they look towards the start of the season in the Fraser Coast Rugby League competition.

For many, it will be the first time they have competed in the competition after coming across from the Bundaberg Rugby League competition this year and they see it as being a brand new challenge.

The Wallaroos won the Bundaberg title last year before deciding to be a part of the growing competition here on the Fraser Coast.

Coach Colin Scott says the team is excited about the new opportunities available to them in the competition and hopes the competition will continue to grow in depth with the addition of his side.

The Wallaroos have previously fielded strong sides in the Fraser Coast competition but the inclusion of players from the BRL side can only strengthen the ranks, Scott said.

The Wallaroos lost the grand final of the Fraser Coast competition last year to the Burrum Miners and that will give the side extra inspiration, Scott said.

The Fraser Coast Taipans and Maryborough Brothers will also be fierce competition for the Wallaroos.

The Miners will be keen to defend their title this year while Brothers and Taipans will be keen to capitalise on the inroads they made into the Wallaroos’ dominance last year.

The Wallaroos were undefeated premiers in 2008 but Brothers, Taipans and Burrum bounced back in 2009 to prove they too have the talent to go all the way in the competition.

Coming back to the Fraser Coast competition will also give the senior sides a chance to encourage their juniors on the local scene. This year will see the formation of a Fraser Coast under-18 competition.

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