Perko to lead line for Clydesdales
FORMER Stanthorpe Gremlins player Dale Perkins will take the field on Saturday in the 2018 QRL Central Division 47th Battalion Carnival as a member of the Toowoomba Clydesdales.
A front-row enforcer and co-captain of the Allora-Clifto- based Wattles Warriors first grade side in the Toowoomba Rugby League competition, Perkins has gained Clydesdales selection for the sixth consecutive season.
Of his previous five campaigns with the Toowoomba representative side, the 27-year-old Ballandean-based primary producer has been a member of four 47th Battalion Carnival winning teams.
He had to withdraw from the Clydesdales in 2016 after dislocating a shoulder a week prior to the carnival.
Last year's 47th Battalion Carnival saw Perkins injured in the final match against Yeppoon.
The injury saw the 190cm 95kg forward missing for much of the TRL season but he reappeared in the closing stages and assisted Wattles to make the finals series.
Aside from donning the blue jersey of the Stanthorpe Junior Rugby League Club in his early years, Perkins has run on for three senior grade clubs, Stanthorpe, the Gatton Hawks and current club the Wattles Warriors.
The big man has tasted Toowoomba Rugby League premiership success with Gatton in 2013, but he has ambitions of an additional premiership gong with Wattles.
"The Warriors are going well currently, having beaten top sides Dalby and Highfields in the past fortnight to be sitting second on the ladder,” Perkins noted.
"While you don't win premierships in May, we are looking like we will be about at the business end of the season.”
Wattles coach, former NRL star Travis Burns, rates Perkins a key component in his team that is sitting on the top end of the TRL premiership ladder.
"It's great to see dedicated players like Dale get representative recognition” said Burns. "He's a significant part of the foundation of our Wattles side, has a lot of ability and gives his all week-in, week-out.”
"As in the past, he will be key to what I hope is another Clydesdales success.”
Perko is really enjoying playing alongside player/coach Burns this season, and being a country lad at heart he is enjoying his time with rural-based club Wattles.
He's fully focused for this weekend's carnival in Toowoomba at Brothers Rugby League Club's Glenholme Park. The Clydesdales run on in their first game of the carnival against Gladstone at noon on Saturday.
While footy is well within his thoughts coming into the weekend, first things first, and it's back to tending crops, irrigation and a few earthmoving projects at the family business of Kurrabar Farms for the big man from the heart of the Granite Belt.