Rugby reps aim for Bushrangers claim
TOWSVILLE added weight to this year’s Queensland Junior Country Muster in Tieri and were met with strong resistance from Central Highlands teams at the weekend.
“They (Townsville) got a little bit of shock I think from the quality of teams down here,” CH under-17 coach Ben Marshall said.
“Competition is a lot closer this year – all the regions are improving.”
Players were trialling for selection in Queensland Country Bushrangers teams, which acted as a direct stepping stone to Queensland Reds state sides.
All four games played by the under-17s were “really close”, according to Marshall.
He said, if he was to choose, his pick would be the boys’ stirring play-offs win against Rockhampton, bouncing back from defeat earlier in the competition.
With the final list for the Bushrangers team yet to be named, Marshall said players must fit a wide range of criteria for selectors.
“It’s really hard to gauge on the selection,” he said.
“They look at players who they think can step up in intensity... it’s interesting to see how they do it.
“A big thing is the kids’ behaviour both on and off the field.”
Last year 29 Central Highlands juniors were chosen to represent in Bushrangers teams, with the under-13s defeating Brisbane North in the State Championships Plate final.
This year’s successful Bushrangers candidates will compete at the state carnival held in Toowoomba in September.