RUGBY league fans won't have to be parked in front of the television at home or in pubs and clubs to get their Friday night footy fix in 2015.

For the first time in Rockhampton Senior Rugby League history, Friday night footy will be added to the local league schedule.

The 2015 RSRL competition will launch on April 10 with a clash between reigning A-grade premiers Yeppoon Seagulls and a rejuvenated Fitzroy-Gracemere Sharks at Browne Park.

A-grade and reserve grade matches between the two clubs will make up the night's schedule.

The RSRL will start the new-look six-team local league competition with matches on Friday night, Saturday and Sunday.

RSRL president Mick Johns said the likelihood of further matches on Friday would depend on the success of the opening fixture.

Johns said the concept had been in the works for three years. He believed the local league draw was flexible to suit the six teams - Seagulls, Sharks, Norths Chargers, Brothers, Biloela Panthers and newcomers Emu Park Emus - featuring in 2015.

"We're going to do something different for a change and kick-off the season on a Friday night," Johns said.

"At this stage it's just a one-off thing but the clubs can do it later on if they'd like.

"If the people get out there and support it, we could change it and schedule a few more Friday night games."

Along with a change of scheduling in an attempt to boost interest, Johns said the addition of the Emus to the RSRL competition this season had put extra strain on local referee depths.

Adding to that, the Central Queensland Capras tackle Mackay Cutters at Browne Park in Round 6 of the Intrust Super Cup on the same weekend.

The match will double as Round 2 of the annual Meng Shield Challenge between the two Central Queensland-based clubs.

Traditionally, the best two local referees are appointed as touch judges for ISC matches at home.

Johns said the home ISC fixture was another factor forcing organisers to spread the Round 1 fixtures across three days.

"Having that match on a Friday night will help out with referees," he said.

"We really don't have the depth of senior referees at the moment, and with the Intrust Super Cup game on the Saturday night, we needed to spread the matches out.

"As I said, if it's successful we'll look at doing it more often."



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