Cen­tral joins the Rangers

Three play­ers se­lected in Wide Bay team

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

THREE play­ers were se­lected from the Cen­tral Bur­nett to play in the North­ern Ranger­sWide Bay Rugby League team.

The team was cho­sen from three trial games played on Satur­day night at Nanango be­tween South Bur­nett, Cen­tral Bur­nett and North­ern Dis­tricts.

All play­ers bat­tled it out for a spot in the rep­re­sen­ta­tive team that will run on at the 47th Bat­tal­ion car­ni­val to be played in Roma on May 2-3.

Mun­dub­bera’s front rower Solomon Vi Mahe said he was thrilled to be se­lected to play forWide Bay.

“I went down to play for the Cen­tral Bur­nett team to play hard and de­fend tough,” Vi Mahe said.

“I did what I wanted to do and I must have stood out be­cause they picked me in the team.”

North­ern Rangers se­lec­tor Greg Appo, from Bund­aberg, was put in charge of pick­ing the team to go against Bund­aberg in the first round of the com­pe­ti­tion.

Appo hand­picked seven play­ers from the South Bur­nett, three from Cen­tral Bur­nett and 10 from the North­ern Dis­tricts.

“We just wanted to make a team who would excel at the next level,” he said.

“I do know what it takes at the next level.

“It takes a fit player and some­one who can play un­der a bit of fa­tigue.”

Greg Appo It takes a fit player and some­one who can play un­der a bit of fa­tigue.

Appo said he was im­pressed with the stan­dard of rugby league in the South Bur­nett.

“In the South Bur­nett, they al­ways bred good foot­ball play­ers, be­cause there is not as much fast food and the kids are out and about play­ing out­side,” he said.

“Alex Speedy played five-eighth.

“He was a real stand-out player – he was just per­fect.”

Cen­tral Bur­nett play­ers also showed some po­ten­tial.

“Shane Carter in the sec­ond row, he was a stand-out player for Cen­tral Bur­nett,” Appo said.

“The trou­ble with Cen­tral Bur­nett is they got beaten very eas­ily in both games.”

But with short­ened games, he said it was a chal­lenge try­ing to gauge he full po­ten­tial of each player, although he was con­fi­dent the team he chose would be able to per­form well de­spite only be­ing put to­gether two weeks be­fore the car­ni­val.

“We’ve got some great de­fen­sive play­ers and some hard-run­ning for­wards,” Appo said.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

CHARG­ING AHEAD: Cen­tral Bur­nett’s Dan Au­gus­tine can­not break the line.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

TOUGH GAME: North­ern Dis­tricts proved to be too strong for the Cen­tral Bur­nett.

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