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Baker, Larson named among Gladstone's top 100

Queensland fullback Chelsea Baker headlined four female players named last weekend at a function to recognise Gladstone's top 100 players.

A week before the Harvey Norman Women in League Round in the NRL and Intrust Super Cup, Baker was listed among elite company alongside Krystal Sulter, Zeah Lane and Vassa Hunter.

The top 100 list included former men's Test players such as Gary Larson, John Wittenberg and David Wright.

"Those four women 100 per cent deserve to be recognised in that company," Gladstone and District Rugby League president Richard Duff said.

"They all represented Queensland Country and that's no easy feat.

"The Gladstone executive committee is predominantly women for both senior and junior level and it's really important to us that we recognised the involvement of females.

"We are speaking about the players in this instance, but there are so many women that are contributing off the field as well."

Duff said criteria for the final team was that they must have represented Gladstone and had to play more than two seasons in Gladstone.

This, he explained, was the reason that former Queensland Maroons and Brisbane Broncos hooker Greg Conescu was overlooked.

Phil Daly and Chris Close were others who played in Gladstone but didn't meet the criteria.

Spirited debate has taken place on the GDRL Facebook page, where fans are putting forth their suggestions of who have should been named, including other omissions such as Brendon Gibb, Kody House, Richie Johnson, Tony Guivarra and Jeffrey Cowburn.

"It was to promote our 100 years but I kind of wish I'd never done it," sighed Duff.

"You have players who played 300 games in Gladstone missing out and there have been so many people come and go over the years, you're bound to miss someone.

"There was just so many people to choose from.

"We were relying heavily on nominations from within clubs, so I'll admit we missed a few people, but at the end of the day it was all for a good cause."

The naming of Gladstone's top 100 players came on the same day that the city hosted a match between former legends of the game.

One of the major beneficiaries of the funds raised was Rosella Park School, a school for students with intellectual impairment.

A highlight of the legends game was a student entering the field and scoring a 100m try despite the pursuing cover defence.

Former Maroon and Central Queensland product PJ Marsh also swapped his jersey partway through the game with the touch judge and continued to officiate from the sideline.

A full list of the top 100 Gladstone players named last weekend is available here.

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