University captain returns to Burnett
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.