On old stomp­ing ground

Home crowd wel­comes back Gayn­dah footy player at Archer Park

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Philippe Co­querand philippe.co­querand@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

PHOTO: PHILIPPE CO­QUERAND

IN­TRUST: Chris Ost­wald and Brodie Croft play­ing against the North Devils in Mundubbera at Archer Park.

PHOTO: QRL ME­DIA

Chris Ost­wald at Queens­land Uni­ver­si­ties train­ing.

PHOTO: FILE

Chris Ost­wald in ac­tion against the Capras.

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