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After meeting with Melbourne Rugby League Division last Tuesday, Gippsland Wildcats was welcomed to the competition for 2002

By Kiri Hiriaki - 6th May 2002 - Back to News

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League Executives met with Melbourne Rugby League Division last Tuesday receiving a warm welcome utilizing that moment to hash out the draw for Wildcats inclusion. Whilst the draw was discussed at length and basically set, a few changes may occur for Gippsland Wildcats to be confirmed within the next two weeks.

Wildcats was set to play Southern Sharks on Sunday however due to a draw change, this match will now be played further down the track in a catch up round. Early in the season, cross over matches between teams from Gippsland and archrivals Goulburn Murray were benchmarked. These matches have now been scheduled to play against four teams from Melbourne Reserve Grade.

Wildcats travelled to Langshaw Reserve, Altona but not before being reduced to crawling on South Eastern Highway causing a huge delay arriving not minutes before the match of the day was to begin against Twin City Hornets. Hornet’s attack and defence was unfailing in both halves drawing first blood to score and last blood to end the match in sweltering heat defeating Wildcats 46/18. Not to take anything away from Wildcats, the day saw talented and experienced player Dean Bradford bust through Hornets tough defence to score two tries. Newcomers Brad Bennett and Jo Csik displayed determination each scoring a try, unconverted.

Tries scored: Dean Bradford (2); Brad Bennett (1) and Jo Csik (1)
Conversion: David Noda (1).
Players Player: Dean Bradford

Next week Wildcats travel to Petula Park, Doveton to play Doveton Steelers before the bye week occurs. After the bye week there will be two home games.

Past and new players welcome with training sessions on Wednesday and Fridays, Harold Preston Park, Davidson Street, Traralgon at 6:30PM. For further information please contact the Coach 0401 553 490 or 5175 0733.

Gippsland Rugby League "Wildcats" Draw


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