BRL rivalry put on hold
THEY battle each other all season long, but the Border Rugby League's top players will have to put their differences aside when they travel to Miles on April 14 as part of the Border Bushrangers side.
Gremlins player Jason Cobon has been selected in the team heading west in less than two weeks.
He said most of the Bushrangers players had played together in previous years and were ready for the South West Queensland team trials.
"There are a few of us that played with the Inglewood boys last year. It's the same sort of blokes, which is good," Cobon said.
"There's a good number of Gremlins in there too so that should make it easier."
Stanthorpe and Inglewood have 17 players selected between them in the 20-man squad.
But despite their differences on the playing field, Cobon said the rivals from Inglewood were decent lads.
"It's always a tough game when we play them. It's always fiery but they're pretty good fellas. But it's always a good, fiery game when we play them," he said.
This year will the first time the Bushrangers have travelled to Miles under a new representative agreement.
And according to Cobon there's no expectations, only excitement, heading into the weekend.
"There's some pretty good players in there, most of the boys went to Bundy last year and we bonded well," he said.
"But I haven't got any expectations at the moment, just looking forward to it."
On the domestic scene, Cobon said he thought the Gremlins had a decent chance of going all the way this season.
He said they were a young side and the atmosphere was good among the group.
"We're a pretty young side but everyone's training well and everyone's really positive," he said.
"We're looking forward to the season.
"There's no reason we can't go all the way."
The BRL is without a reserve grade this season and as such the senior side has seen the introduction of some new faces, including coach Paul Harvey.
Cobon said Harvey had been doing a good job and had kept the team enthusiastic.
"He's (Harvey) doing really well. He's getting the boys bonding and it's a good atmosphere," he said.
"We want as many supporters up there as we can this season, it's always good playing up there with a good crowd."