Cooper Bambling from St Brendans College. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Cooper Bambling from St Brendans College. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

Bambling into Oates, a local footy feast tonight

NO. It's not Cooper Cronk. 

Former St Brendan's Yeppoon schoolboy Cooper Bambling will line up for the Queensland Maroons under-20s tonight previewing the third State of Origin game.

Bambling, selected at halfback, is the latest of a long line out of the St Brendan's production line.

The same line which has seen the likes of Ben Hunt, Corey Oates, Matt Scott, Jake Granville, Paul Bowman, PJ Marsh and many more graduate to NRL level.

Cooper, who bowed out of schoolboy football with a grand final win with St Brendans in 2013, joins Brodie Croft in the halves.

Capras U/16's Cooper Bambling dives over for the first try of the second half against the Northern Pride. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Capras U/16's Cooper Bambling dives over for the first try of the second half against the Northern Pride. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

"Ability is not what wins these games, it is the attitude of the side and we will be hanging our hat on it," Wrigley told QRL.

"We have a good side and we will be hoping to bring that winning streak to an end tonight."

The young Maroons were fortunate enough to be involved in a training session with senior side, providing a dose of inspiration.

"These boys aspire to play in the main game and this is the first step. It was invaluable for us to see them as a team training together," he said.

"They were a little bit in awe of them at the start but as the session went on they were able to hear their talk on the field and see how they conduct themselves in their communication."

"I am very pleased with this side, there is no ego in any of the players and it is great as a coach, the way they have come together in the few training sessions we have had in the lead up to this game."

The teams kick off tonight at 5.30pm, with all of St Brendan's eyes on Bambling. The same eyes that will stay on Oates. 


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