Ris­ing league star

could well be the face of the fu­ture Bron­cos NRL team

Central and North Burnett Times - - BURNETT SPORT - Bran­don Livesay bran­don.livesay@cnbtimes.com.au

BUR­NETT State Col­lege’s Hay­din Else­bach put in an im­pres­sive per­for­mance at the rugby league state cham­pi­onships.

Else­bach was se­lected to play forWide Bay at the Queens­land School Sport 18 Years Rugby League State Cham­pi­onships in Kin­garoy last week.

WhileWide Bay missed out on the fi­nals, the team took out the Con­so­la­tion Cup.

The lock is no stranger to rep­re­sen­ta­tive football and has been se­lected forWide Bay ev­ery year since play­ing for the un­der 12s.

The 16-year-old said the high­light of his state cham­pi­onships was against South­West, when he dived over the line to score a try.

“We were swap­ping po­si­tions and I was on the wing,” Else­bach said. “It just came out to me and I got over the line.

“We were smash­ing them by then.”

Wide Bay thor­oughly out­classed South­West and ran out win­ners 36–0.

The 18 years state cham­pi­onships is a rite of pas­sage for elite Queens­land play­ers and has seen stars such as Cameron Smith, Sam Thai­day, Greg Inglis, Is­rael Fo­lau and Justin Hodges take part.

Else­bach said play­ing in the tour­na­ment was a great ex­pe­ri­ence.

Hay­din Else­bach It’s good to play at that kind of level...

“It’s good to play at that kind of level, as com­pared to a nor­mal game,” he said. “I had a cou­ple of good tack­les, a cou­ple of good scoots from half.”

Else­bach is a prod­uct of the Cen­tral Bur­nett Brumbies and has played in ev­ery di­vi­sion.

Now an East Bund­aberg player, he was scouted for his tal­ents by his favourite club, the Bris­bane Bron­cos.

“Last year, I was part of Bron­cos Elite Player De­vel­op­ment Squad,” Else­bach said.

The squad is for un­der 15 play­ers and had four spe­cial train­ing pro­grams dur­ing the year.

Like most Gayn­dah footy play­ers, Else­bach is look­ing for­ward to Queens­land win­ning an­other the State of Ori­gin se­ries.

“I think we will win two games to one,” he said.

“I reckon it will be pretty close this year.”

PHOTO: BRAN­DON LIVESAY

STATE CHAM­PI­ONSHIPS: Hay­din Else­bach (left) cel­e­brates a try with team-mate Mar­cus Jensen at the Queens­land School Sport 18 Years Rugby League State Cham­pi­onships in Kin­garoy last week.

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