Daw­son strives to be best in big­ger leagues

Central and North Burnett Times - - BURNETT SPORT -

PLAY­ING for the Wide Bay Bulls, Wide Bay School­boys, Queens­land Coun­try, All Blacks and Cen­tral Queens­land NRL Bid Team, Daw­son Cross has made a name for him­self across the state.

“Cross is a one of the best at­tack­ing play­ers I have coached in my time in rugby league,” Cen­tral Bur­nett Brumbies Coach Robert Lins­ket said.

“He is prob­a­bly the most feared de­fender in the comp be­cause of his hard hit­ting and driv­ing tack­les.”

The all-round ath­lete has achieved above aver­age re­sults in all the sports he has at­tempted but footy is where Daw­son Cross wants to be.

“His abil­ity to read the play is un­canny, he is al­ways up with the play and just swoops onto any loose ball and he al­ways knows when to run and when to pass or to kick,” Lins­ket said

Daw­son said he wanted to make rugby league his life.

“I am de­ter­mined to be an NRL De­vel­op­ment Of­fi­cer, I have ac­tu­ally un­der­taken my work ex­pe­ri­ence as a De­vel­op­ment Of­fi­cer in Her­vey Bay,” Daw­son said. “I also have one eye on play­ing for Queens­land in the State of Ori­gin, which is my dream,” he said.

When people have com­mented that it is some sort of nat­u­ral talent his mother, Oriel Cham­bers, steps up and says, “it is about ded­i­ca­tion and train­ing, ef­fort and de­ter­mi­na­tion; it is about want­ing to win and want­ing to be the best.”

So far in Daw­son’s footy ca­reer his name is recog­nised at his home town but he wants his name to be a fa­mil­iar to a wider au­di­ence.

“But it’s not all about play­ing footy, the bro­ken bones and the pulled mus­cles, it’s about the mates, friends and liv­ing my dream”, he said.

PHOTO: NOEL THOMP­SON

RIGHT: Daw­son Cross is look­ing to kick start his fu­ture in rugby league.

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