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