On old stomping ground
Home crowd welcomes back Gayndah footy player at Archer Park
RUGBY LEAGUE: The Intrust Super Cup was a special moment for former Gayndah resident Chris Ostwald, who got to play in front of a home crowd at the weekend.
The East Tigers player ran on for 15 minutes before going off due to an ankle injury that sidelined him for the rest of the game.
Ostwald said his love of rugby league began when he was young.
“Rugby league has been a big part of my life ever since I can remember,” he said.
“Unfortunately I got injured on Sunday and now I’m in treatment this week, but I’m hoping it won’t be too bad and I can get back on the field for the Tigers.”
He recalls his time growing up with the best mentors.
“I was lucky enough to have good coaches, including my dad and other teachers who pushed me to my limits and tested me, and as a result I continued to improve and develop in my career,” Ostwald said.
“They took me to Brisbane where I played in the Broncos under-20s and played with them for two years before joining the East Tigers.”
Getting to play in the Intrust Super Cup at Archer Park with supporters who knew him as a kid was an “unreal experience”.
“It was pretty special to play in front of a home crowd, a very special experience,” Ostwald said.
“I don’t often get a chance to come back home during the playing season as I’m busy training and travelling.
“I’d say I have visited twice since the season commenced and during Christmas time, but apart from that, not very much.”
Ostwald has achieved quite a lot in his life and getting to play in the Australian University team was another highlight.
“We played five games in five weeks in Sydney and it was a great experience in itself,” he said.
“Not many people can say they participated in it and brought the trophy home.”
Ostwald said the thing he loved most about the game was the mateship.
“I love the challenge and the fact that you’re in a team, you’re sort of brothers,” he said.
“You trust them, it’s the mateship and the love for the game, you just know them from the inside and out.”
His dream is to play in the NRL one day.
“I’d always dreamt of playing NRL and that would be in my long-term goals,” Ostwald said.
“I’d like to keep playing in the Intrust Super Cup and find a spot in the Queensland Residents side, maybe get a trial with one of the NRL teams.”
Ostwald said he would like to thank the whole community for their support.
“My mum and dad have been a great support, so has all my family, friends and mentors and those who continue to support the East Tigers,” he said.
INTRUST: Chris Ostwald and Brodie Croft playing against the North Devils in Mundubbera at Archer Park.
Chris Ostwald at Queensland Universities training.
Chris Ostwald in action against the Capras.