Juniors get set to impress
IT IS crunch time for Central Highlands rugby league juniors as they lace up for Capricorn Capras trials in Gladstone this weekend.
Under-13, 14 and 16 teams will compete alongside traditionally sworn enemies at club level for their chance to represent the region. If successful the Capras players will then trial at the Queensland Rugby League State Junior Championships in Ipswich later this month.
The state trials act as a proving ground for the more junior grades, with only merit sides named for the 13 and 14 years divisions.
The test is on for the under-16 trialists who have the chance to be named in the U-16 Qld Maroons team which will play NSW Country Rugby League in Coonabarabran on Saturday, July 9.
All three Central Highlands grades will play Central West teams on the Saturday, before backing up on Sunday to play the host club Gladstone. Final teams will be announced later that afternoon following the possible versus probable match-ups.
Central Highlands players ranked well in the standings during last year’s Capras trials which were held at McIndoe Park in Emerald. Central Highlands forward Luke Devine showed wholeheartedly why he deserved his place in the team, named as the 2010 Player of the Carnival. With close to half a dozen Highlands players in each grade chosen to represent higher last season, there are high hopes for a similarly strong performance this time round.
The junior stars of the future won’t have to look far for inspiration with the Queensland State of Origin team and coaching staff rolling into Emerald later this morning.