Brumbies kick off weekend
Juniors get chance to shine on the big stage in front of North Devils and East Tigers players
RUGBY LEAGUE: Central Burnett Brumbies under-12 player Wyatt Martin had a big weekend ahead of him with lawn bowls on Sunday, but there was no way he was going to miss his chance on the rugby league field.
“I have to play lawn bowls tomorrow so I can't make it to the game in Mundubbera,” Wyatt said.
“But I wanted to be able to play today.”
The Brumbies played in Gayndah at the weekend in front of players from the North Devils and East Tigers, along with family and supporters.
“It is good to play in front of them,” Wyatt said.
“It was super good and super fun.
“Getting to play in front of them and having them here to support us is awesome. They are official players so it was pretty good to meet them too.”
Players were also able to do some training drills with the professionals between games.
Wyatt’s U12 Brumbies team was defeated in both games but still played impressively.
“We were down 18-6 earlier, so scoring 30 points in this game was pretty good,” Wyatt said.
Wyatt said having two sporting events on during the same weekend had caused some disorganisation.
“It is a bit crazy but it is worth it. I love playing both sports,” Wyatt said.
“And this season we have been playing pretty well for the Brumbies.
“We are coming good now and we’re really looking forward to this weekend.”
Players from the U14 team felt some of the atmosphere prior to running out after the U12 game.
They were also looking forward to playing Nanango in front of the crowd of supporters and professional players.
U14 Brumbies player Hamish Driver said he and the team were excited to play on the big stage.
“We are playing to win today. We feel a little more pressure because they are here,” Hamish said.
“But we are also more confident to show our skills.”
Some players in the Brumbies U14 team have big dreams for the future.
There is talk of wanting to either follow the footsteps of the Intrust players or represent Queensland in league.
Hamish said the weekend was a good one for football players of all ages.
“I am a little nervous but it is going to be lots of fun,” Hamish said.
Nanango player Matthew McAuliff was a standout player for his team, scoring all six of their tries.
“It was good,” Matthew said.
“I knew I was a good player when people were having trouble tackling me.”
Matthew’s other sporting passions have helped him on the field.
“I have been to the Queensland (athletics) titles for the 100m – lots of players have trouble running me down,” Matthew said.
Matthew made the trip up with his team but like Wyatt also had to pull double duty, with two sporting events on during the same weekend.
“I can't stick around and see the other games because I have a golf tournament in Toowoomba tomorrow for the junior championships,” Matthew said.
BIG DAY: Players from the Norths Devils with the Brumbies U12 team. PHOTOS: ADAM MCCLEERY
A strong tackle by a Brumbies player against the Nanango attack.
A Brumbies player threads the Nanango defence.
Despite their age, the game was played with intensity.
The Brumbies held their own against the Nanango team.
A Brumbies player attempting to break the Nanango defence.