GREAT CHALLENGE: The GRC’s Cale Dendle, Nigel Smith from Sea Swift, CQ Capras CEO Denis O’Keeffe, CQ Capras coach Jason Hetherington and CQ Capras and CQ NRL Bid Director Peter White.
GREAT CHALLENGE: The GRC’s Cale Dendle, Nigel Smith from Sea Swift, CQ Capras CEO Denis O’Keeffe, CQ Capras coach Jason Hetherington and CQ Capras and CQ NRL Bid Director Peter White. Tom Huntley GLACAPR

Challege set for Gladstone fans to show support for Capras

A CHALLENGE has been set for league fans to show their support when the Northern Pride play their first game in Gladstone this weekend against the Central Queensland Capras.

The success of the inaugural Sea Swift Challenge for Round 9 of the Intrust Super Cup is set to determine the future of home games in Gladstone, according to CQ Capras chief executive officer Denis Keeffe.

"I know the Gladstone community has a huge passion for rugby league," Keeffe said.

He said the Gladstone market was important, but it needs to be commercially successful in order for more games to be staged here.

"I encourage the Gladstone public to come out and support the match."

Coach Jason Hetherington said breaking into the Gladstone market would give local kids something to strive for.

"I'd like to make Gladstone another home-ground advantage," he said.

The game, which kicks off at 6pm on Saturday at Marley Brown Oval, is part of a huge weekend of rugby league in Gladstone, with the long-standing 47th Battalion Carnival also being held in the city for the first time.

Keeffe said the game was all part of the Capras' regional program that included games in Gladstone, Clermont, Biloela and Blackwater.

And he said this weekend's match would not have been possible without the support and partnership with the local Sea Swift depot and the GRC.


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