THE Border Bushrangers will tomorrow travel to St George to take on the Roma and districts representative side in a match to pick the south-west country team.
Border Rugby League (BRL) president Steve McEvoy said this would be a good hit-out for the Bushrangers before they travel to Bundaberg next month to contest the Central Division Carnival.
“We’ve played Roma and districts a couple of years now, we defeated them in Miles in 2008 and they defeated us in 2009 in Stanthorpe so we’re one apiece,” he said.
“As far as we’re concerned, the team that goes to St George will definitely have their foot in the door for selection for the Bushrangers side for Bundaberg.”
Peter Shatte will coach the Bushrangers with Carlo Napolitano assistant coach. McEvoy said a new system of selecting representative players had been put in place this season.
There is one selector from each club, and they can only suggest players for selection from clubs other than their own.
“It seems to be working really well, we only introduced that this year,” he said.
McEvoy said having the services of recently-resigned Queensland Rugby League south-west development officer Napolitano for at least the next couple of years for the Bushrangers was invaluable.
“Carlo is an important key to what we’re doing with football here this year and next,” McEvoy said.
The Bushrangers will travel to Goondiwindi tonight where they will have a training session and stop-over, before another training session tomorrow morning ahead of the game at Rowden Park in St George at 4.30pm.
Nathan Shatte and Jason Wilmot from the Stanthorpe Gremlins have been selected while ex-Wattles half back and current Inglewood Roosters player Tony Morris will also play.
Jamie Watts from the Killarney Cutters has also been selected.
McEvoy said despite the Gremlins winning the premiership in 2009, they did not have the majority of the players in the team.
“On the contrary, I think Inglewood who got the wooden spoon last year have four or five in their side because of their recent amalgamation with Millmerran, Stanthorpe might have four and Texas would have about three,” he said.
He said the 2010 BRL season was so far sailing fairly smoothly.
“Besides the issues we’re having with Killarney after the abattoir closed down, this is the 14th year now and a lot of critics didn’t give us two years to survive,” McEvoy, who helped start the BRL, said.
“The good thing about the competition, being amateur, is all the clubs are very financial – money is the least of their worries. They are providing football for a good 50 to 60 people in their towns each week.”