Luke Carney will be vying for the halfback starting role with the Dubbo Kangaroos this season. The Kangaroos begin training on Thursday.The Dubbo Kangaroos start their Blowes Menswear Cup season in earnest on Thursday with the club’s first official training session under the direction of 2005 coaches.

Players in all grades are asked to be at Bob Dowling fields on the riverbank beside the cricket nets starting at 6.30pm sharp.

Training will not move up to the Victoria Park No 2 and 3 ovals until the cricket season finishes on March 29.

The Roos coaches met recently to discuss the selection criteria and that will be outlined to players at the start of training.

All coaching roles have now been confirmed with well-credentialled Matt Tink taking charge of second grade, and Abram Duffy third grade.

The team of Greg Bennet and Paul Pederson will look after

the Blue Flyers women while

Dean Mathews was still

looking for assistance in coaching colts.

First grade coaches Geoff Koerstz and Greg Horton can look forward to receiving excellent support from all grade coaching staff this year with Matt Tink already confident he can “put 15 players into first grade” as the second grade coach.

Positions in the First XV are up for grabs with a lot of talk being focused on the halfback.

Names like Luke Carney, Paul Elliot and Peter Hyde have been mentioned and each will be keen to push their claims with competent displays in the trials.

The Roos will also be looking for a top-line goal kicker to make

the step up into first grade to emulate the efforts of Matt Leech last year.

The Roos reached the first grade minor semi-final last season before going down to Orange Emus, but they aren’t ready to

rest on their laurels and have a much wider focus this time around.

All players intending to play for the Roos this season will have to be registered and have paid a minimum of $100 before playing in any trials or the Dubbo Rugby Club Tens on March 19.

One of the first engagements for the first grade squad will be against Dubbo Rhinos at the opening of the new Apex Oval grandstand on Saturday March 12.

Both Dubbo rugby clubs are involved in the gala day of football that will herald the opening of the new Apex Oval grandstand.

The action will start about 3pm with a Dubbo junior league under-16 carnival final followed by CYMS and Macquarie under-18 league sides and then the rugby match.

It will conclude with CYMS and Macquarie first grade rugby league in an official Group 11 pre-season trial.

The rugby clubs will be keen to showcase their game and hopefully pick up a few followers for their competition matches, especially when they are at home.

While the Roos and CYMS will continue to share the amenities at No 1 Oval, Rhinos and Macquarie will host their patrons in the

comfort of a first-class grandstand.

For football followers who have watched games in the worst of weather for many years, the grandstand is welcome.

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