Univer­sity cap­tain re­turns to Bur­nett

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Adam McCleery adam.mccleery@cnbtimes.com.au

RUGBY LEAGUE: Gayn­dah home town boy and suc­cess­ful univer­sity rugby league player Chris Ost­wald will be in Mun­dub­bera for the up­com­ing In­trust Su­per Cup game be­tween the East Tigers and Norths Devils.

Ost­wald is a ros­ter player for the East Tigers and is hop­ing to get a start with the team in his home re­gion.

Ostawld’s mother Sue Ost­wald said she was ex­tremely proud of her son for what he had achieved so far in his rugby league ca­reer.

“Chris is cur­rently in Syd­ney where he is the cap­tain of the Aus­tralian Uni­ver­si­ties rugby league team which is par­tic­i­pat­ing in the World Cup,” Sue said.

Other coun­tries com­pet­ing in the World Cup in­clude Eng­land, Ireland, Wales, Pa­cific Is­lands and Scot­land.

“In their first game on Fri­day they beat Eng­land 54–10 and the sec­ond game on Sun­day they beat Pa­cific Is­lands 62–16,” Sue said.

“Chris played the ma­jor­ity of his rugby league in Gayn­dah as part of the Cen­tral Bur­nett Brumbies team, be­fore com­plet­ing his se­nior school­ing at Kin­garoy and be­com­ing a Kin­garoy Red Ant.”

Ost­wald helped steer the un­der 16 and U18 teams to cham­pi­onship wins.

“He was a mem­ber of the Wide Bay rep­re­sen­ta­tive teams from age 12 to 17, he also cap­tained the Cyril Con­nell and Mal Meninga Cen­tral United teams,” Sue said.

“Af­ter leav­ing school he moved to Bris­bane to fol­low his pas­sion for league.”

Ost­wald gained a two year con­tract from the Bris­bane Bron­cos where he was cap­tain for the North Colts, a feeder team for the Bron­cos.

Af­ter that he made the move to the East Tigers in 2015.

“He made his de­but in the East’s In­trust Cup team in 2016 and was named Rookie of the Year for the 2016 sea­son,” Sue said.

“He’s played 9 games in the In­trust Cup this sea­son.”

Ost­wald’s suc­cess also lead him to play in the Aus­tralian Uni­ver­si­ties team that toured New Zealand in 2015 where they came away vic­to­ri­ous.

❝ Chris played the ma­jor­ity of his rugby league in Gayn­dah. — Sue Ost­wald

His ded­i­ca­tion and love of the game has taken him to great heights.

“Chris not only trains four days a week, he also holds down a part-time job at a gym, while study­ing PE teach­ing at QUT Univer­sity in Bris­bane,” Sue said.

“He is hop­ing to be named in the East’s In­trust Cup team when they come to Mun­dub­bera to play in Coun­try Week on July 23.”

The Coun­try Week game will be at Archer Park in Mun­dub­bera from 9am.

Mun­dub­bera and Gayn­dah will play the cur­tain raiser.

CAP: Aus­tralian Uni­ver­si­ties rugby league cap­tain Chris Ost­wald, from Gayn­dah.

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