Aussie rules stars shine

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

MUD and rain at the State Cham­pi­onships meant more fun for Cal­lan Trott and Ry­ley Dray­ton.

The two Gayn­dah State School stu­dents played for Wide Bay un­der-12s in the five-day Aussie rules car­ni­val at Ma­roochy­dore.

Play­ing real games was the high­light for the boys, but a close sec­ond was get­ting to put on big hits and tack­les in the mud.

“We all did a vic­tory slide in the mud at the end of the last game just for mak­ing it into Wide Bay,” Dray­ton said.

The boys got in­volved in Aussie rules through the Aus­kick pro­gram.

Trott started play­ing last year and Dray­ton picked up the game this year.

They have shown tremen­dous skills for the sport de­spite hav­ing no lo­cal team to play for.

Both Trott and Dray­ton re­ceived in­di­vid­ual player awards dur­ing the State Cham­pi­onships for their ag­gres­sion and de­fence.

“I kicked two goals, and I kicked the first against one team,” Trott said.

Dray­ton’s favourite mo­ment was when he kicked a goal and “when I shoved some­body out”.

The pair played mainly in the mid­field, but changed po­si­tions reg­u­larly.

Wide Bay had a big win over the Cru­saders from North Queens­land, 64-14.

The team lost their re­main­ing games by close mar­gins, but showed good de­fence.

Gympie Cats have in­vited Trott and Dray­ton to play for their club when they are avail­able and the boys are en­thu­si­as­tic to keep up their in­volve­ment in the sport.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

STATE CHAM­PI­ONSHIPS: Cal­lan Trott and Ry­ley Dray­ton played for Wide Bay un­der 12 Aussie rules team.

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