Our home grown tal­ent

Chris Ost­wald takes the Ori­gin field

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Bran­don Livesay bran­don.livesay@cnbtimes.com.au

STATE of Ori­gin fans in Gayn­dah will cheer on one of their own next week.

Chris Ost­wald has been se­lected to play for the Queens­land un­der-18 team tak­ing on New SouthWales for the Ori­gin cur­tain raiser at Sun­corp Sta­dium.

He got the phone call last Thurs­day and straight away called home to tell his par­ents the good news.

“I called Mum and Dad first, they were pretty ex­cited about it,” Ost­wald said.

“It will be the first time I’ve played at Sun­corp Sta­dium.

“I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to it. It should be a great ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I reckon we will win it, and in the NRL too.

“Queens­land will have it at home with the crowd be­hind them.”

The 18-year-old is con­tracted with the Bris­bane Bron­cos U20 squad, who make up 10 of the 17 play­ers in the Queens­land team.

Ost­wald is yet to play in the U20s, but is judged to be one of the top 17 foot­ballers in the state.

Bron­cos' gen­eral man­ager of football op­er­a­tions An­drew Gee said the re­cruit­ment staff had done a great job to find tal­ent like Ost­wald.

“We are cer­tain to see some NRL play­ers come out of this crop of young tal­ent,” he said.

Ost­wald and the Queens­land squad will go into train­ing camp at the Gold Coast on Fri­day.

STATE OF ORI­GIN: Chris Ost­wald will play for the Queens­land un­der 18 team.

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