Brumbies kick off week­end

Ju­niors get chance to shine on the big stage in front of North Devils and East Tigers play­ers

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

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.

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