Central excited for 47th Battalion
The annual Central Division 47th Battalion carnival is set to kick off in Toowoomba on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6.
Hosted by the Toowoomba Rugby League at Glenholme Park, the carnival is being held in the Garden City to coincide with their centenary season of competition.
Commencing in 1971, the trophy is a magnificent memorial to the 47th Battalion Regiment, which has its headquarters in Maryborough, and draws together rugby league personnel and members of the 47th Battalion in a spirit of cooperation and remembrance.
The original competition was started with Maryborough, Bundaberg, Gympie, South Burnett and Sunshine Coast competing, with Central Burnett given full membership in 1985.
With the formation of the new Central Division through the merger of the former Wide Bay, Central and South West Divisions; the senior competition was expanded in 2010 to include all Local Leagues in the new Central Division.
QRL Central Division Manager Glenn Ottaway said this year's event would build on the success of last year in the Rockhampton region where they celebrated 100 years of rugby league.
"It is fantastic that we are able to support the Toowoomba Rugby League by bringing one of our major events to their region in such an important milestone year," he said.
"To be able to acknowledge such significant milestones in the game and 100 years of local league competition also means 100 years of volunteer effort to keep the game going.
"This demonstrates how resilient rugby league and its people are."
This year's women's competition shapes as the strongest yet.
All six teams remain in the draw and for the first time in recent years, all state and national representative players will be competing for their region of origin.
"The announcement of the NRL Women's National Championship and the Queensland Country program has been a real coup for the female game and the 47th Battalion as a showpiece event," Ottaway said.
"All Jillaroo and Queensland representative players will be at the carnival which is sure to raise the overall standard of the competition."
For supporters who can't attend the carnival, the games will be available at the click of a button.
Following the massive success of last year's inaugural live stream, supporters will again be able to watch all games on Field 1 and cheer on their favourite region.
This will be in extension to the carnival being live scored online.
Team lists and further information regarding the live stream will be posted early next week.