Talented youth in top form

A Central Highlands junior on trial and on the run at McIndoe Oval.
A Central Highlands junior on trial and on the run at McIndoe Oval.

HIGH-FLYERS: Players scaled all heights to gain selection in the Central Highlands junior rugby representative teams. Photo: Terry Hill

BUDDING rugby league youngsters from around the Central Highlands turned out in force for the chance to represent their region at junior CH trial matches at McIndoe Oval in Emerald at the weekend.

With a wealth of talent to choose from and just 19 positions available for each side, the final decision on who stayed and who went was always going to be a tough undertaking but ultimately a judgment had to be made.

“We’re looking for good skills and good commitment – the kids have to show they want to play for Central Highlands,” CH development officer Andrew Lawrence said.

The chosen few from under-13, 14 and 16s are aiming to represent the Highlands at the Capricorn Capras trials on June 11-12 against teams from Rockhampton, Gladstone and the Central West.

For the Central Highlands trials a new format was given a test run which not only allowed selectors an extended period to identify possible representatives but also gave players more opportunity to prove their worth in a variety of set-ups.

“We put them through skills and drills with a bit of tackling and passing and a small game before they ran on just to test them out a bit more,” CH junior club president Boyd Vickers said.

“They all seemed to handle it fairly well – all the skills are up.”

In the meantime players will have ample opportunity to develop their skill sets with trial games scheduled against Rockhampton in Blackwater on May 22 in addition to their weekly club commitments.

Blackwater was also the setting for the Central Highlands under-11 and under-12 schoolboy representative matches. Development officer Andrew Lawrence said there was plenty of support for these regional matches as well.

“The under-12s won both their games and the under-11s gave it a good dig too. It’s a good hit-out before the Cap trials in May,” he said.

Full Central Highlands team lists will be published in future editions of Central Queensland News.

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