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Juniors in a league of their own

FAST FEET: Clermont’s Blayne Johnston breaks for Central Highlands under-16 against Gladstone. sw-050211-008
FAST FEET: Clermont’s Blayne Johnston breaks for Central Highlands under-16 against Gladstone. sw-050211-008

PROMISING junior rugby league stars of future hit their straps in Blackwater at the weekend to trial for the under-16 and under-18 Central Queensland United representatives sides.

Scores were a non-event in the two match-ups between the Central Highlands and Gladstone teams with players sapping all energy they could muster to put their best foot forward on the day.

And they needed it, with hot and humid temperatures followed by driving rain testing the concentration and resolve of even the most experienced of players.

Central Highlands development officer Andrew Lawrence said the skills displayed by the juniors ticked all the boxes for selectors.

“For the first game of the year, the skills shown were star quality,” he said. “They had good movement and there were some good tries and that’s all you can ask for.

“I’m pretty happy with the sides… they’re going to be very competitive in the competition.”

All was not lost for those who missed out, Lawrence said, with ample opportunities in the future to prove their skills.

“Selection trials are tough and all they have got to do is keep trying,” he said.

“Players put so much emphasis on making representative sides… just because they don’t make a side, it in no way means it is over.”

“If the ambition is there you will succeed.”

Players chosen in the CQ United teams will now travel to Wondai on February 20-22 to trial for a jersey in the Central Division.

Full teams are listed on page 37.


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