Emerald stars to represent region

The Emerald boys who are heading to Brisbane today to compete at the State Championships for Capricornia.
The Emerald boys who are heading to Brisbane today to compete at the State Championships for Capricornia.

SIX boys from Emerald will don their region's colours when they take part in the under-12 schoolboys state championships for touch football.

The four-day championship kicks off tomorrow in Brisbane at St Paul's Anglican College.

Twelve regions from around Queensland are represented and players will vie for a place in the Queensland team.

Alex Parker, Jordan Laffer, Tane Costar, Reagan Parter, Tristane Browne and Aaron Moore were chosen to represent the Capricornia side along with three girls Lucy Heineman, Mckenzie Reid and Arnika Cave.

The boys will play a total of 12 games over the four days and Aaron's mum Fiona Moore said they were prepared mentally for the huge task ahead of them after they recently competed at the Junior State Cup Carnival.

"The boys are looking forward to it," she said. "It's a great little team and should do well."

The players were chosen after attending Capricornia trials in Mackay in June and had training sessions with the teams regularly in Rockhampton.

Moore said for most of the boys it was the first time they have represented Capricornia but they are no doubt looking to improve on their placing at last year's championship.

"Last time Capricornia came third, normally they do really well so they are hoping to do better than that," she said.

The carnival has afforded the boys a special treat as they are going to cheer on the Broncos when they take on the Storm at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.

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