TOUGH START: Reigning premiers Wattles Warriors will start their 2015 season with a grand final replay against Gatton in Round 2. The club will have a bye in Round 1.
TOUGH START: Reigning premiers Wattles Warriors will start their 2015 season with a grand final replay against Gatton in Round 2. The club will have a bye in Round 1. Nev Madsen

New boys kick off TRL in 2015

WATTLES will have to wait until the second week of the TRL season to start their Hutchies-Chronicle Cup defence but they will get to start it with a bang.

The TRL has a draft draw out with 11 teams following the return of Goondiwindi to the competition and the unsuccessful push for Stanthorpe to join.

Round one will kick off on the weekend of March 14-15, with Goondiwindi to take on Valleys at Herb Steinohrt Oval on the Saturday in its first match back in the TRL.

Defending premiers Wattles have the bye in round one but will have two big games first up in the following two rounds.

The Warriors will kick off their title defence with a grand final replay against Gatton at Platz Oval before the Southern Downs derby against Warwick at Father Ranger Oval in round three.

There will be three rounds and then a break before Easter, before another three rounds and a second general bye due to 47th Battalion Trophy carnival at Roma on May 2-3.

That will mean the finals only start September 5 and culminate with the grand final on September 27, three weeks later than this year's decider.

Key dates

March 14: Season starts

April 4-5: General bye for Easter

May 2-3: General bye for 47th Battalion Trophy

June 14: Madsen- Rasmussen Trophy final

Aug 29-30: Final round

Sept 5: Finals start

Sept 27: Grand final



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