ALL CONCENTRATION: Red Ants’ Lydia Want focuses on the U16 game ahead.
ALL CONCENTRATION: Red Ants’ Lydia Want focuses on the U16 game ahead. Keagan Elder

Red Ants chase players ahead of Sunshine Coast comp start

DESPITE finishing runners-up in the Sunshine Coast Rugby League competition, the Kingaroy Red Ants girls are short on player numbers.

Red Ants girls' coordinator Mei-lin Dean said she hoped to field three teams and expand on last year's two teams.

Dean wants to enter an under-14, U16 and U18 team into the Sunshine Coast competition before the start of the season on April 10.

But so far the numbers of players who have put their name down to play are well below the desired 15-a-side.

"So far we have seven U14s, 10 U16s and six U18s," Dean said.

Dean said the Sunshine Coast competition took a lot of dedication with most games played on a Friday night at the coast.

This would often mean players would only get back to the South Burnett in the early hours of the morning.

Last year both the U14 and U16 Red Ants reached the finals and proved solid opponents against bigger clubs.

Dean said many of the players from those teams flagged their interest in playing another season.

"Out of the 23 a majority if the girls played last year," she said.

As many of last year's U16s moved up an age group it was decided to try and field an U18 squad.

"(Last year) girls were interested in the U18s but we didn't have the numbers," Dean said.

"This is probably the last opportunity to try for rep games."

The Red Ants girls are after players for an U14 and U16 team to send to the 47th Battalion carnival at Gayndah over April 23-24.

Dean said U18s was also likely the last chance girls would be able to play at a club level for the South Burnett.

"There isn't much of a senior competition here," she said.

If you are interested in playing for the Red Ants girls rugby league team, phone 0438 041 372 or visit Kingaroy Red Ants Girls Rugby League Facebook page.

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