Top play­ers make the cut

Team busy pre­par­ing for 47th Bat­tal­ion com­pe­ti­tion in Toowoomba next month

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Philippe Co­querand­

RUGBY LEAGUE: Seven Cen­tral Bur­nett play­ers have been se­lected in the North Wide Bay Rangers squad for the 47th Bat­tal­ion, set to take place in Toowoomba on May 5-6.

This year the North Wide Bay Rangers team will be made up from Cen­tral and South Bur­nett.

The seven Cen­tral Bur­nett play­ers se­lected for the North Wide Bay train­ing squad are:

Gayn­dah - Zac Dann, Blake Au­gus­tine, Tui­fua Tupou and Dave Ul­coq. Mun­dub­bera - Cameron Mac­don­ald and Mitch Thor­burn.

Eidsvold - Tyler West.

The Cen­tral Bur­nett per­son­nel to as­sist with the squad will be Melinda Thor­burn and Luke Sch­mierer.

The South Bur­nett Rugby League team thrashed the Cen­tral Bur­nett Rugby League team 64-4 at Cher­bourg on March 24 in front of a good home crowd.

The com­pe­ti­tion was part of the se­nior rugby league rep­re­sen­ta­tive tri­als, where the Cen­tral Bur­nett play­ers were se­lected for the up­com­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

Team Man­ager Melinda Thor­burn said it was a com­pet­i­tive game of rugby league, how­ever the South Bur­nett were the bet­ter side.

“Cen­tral Bur­nett dom­i­nated the game ini­tially with su­pe­rior field po­si­tion in the first half but were un­able to con­vert their ad­van­tage into points due to han­dling er­rors,” she said.

“Play­ers were fa­tigued early due to lack of game fit­ness, but still played with a great spirit and com­mit­ment.”

The Cen­tral Bur­nett team took 18 of their best play­ers who had been se­lected from tri­als held at the Mun­dub­bera Clash for Cash, for the game against the South Bur­nett.

Thor­burn thanked all play­ers for rep­re­sent­ing the Cen­tral Bur­nett re­gion.

“We’d like to thank the rugby league boys for rep­re­sent­ing our re­gion and we wish all the play­ers se­lected in the North Wide Bay Rangers, all the best for the 47th Bat­tal­ion,” she said.

Cen­tral Bur­nett Rugby League coach Robert Lins­ket said he was proud of his team’s ef­fort.

“It was hard to show our strengths when we made sim­ple er­rors and were starved of pos­ses­sion as a re­sult,” Lins­ket said.

“Another week or two of train­ing and games and the out­come would have been very dif­fer­ent.”

Mun­dub­bera Tigers pres­i­dent Cameron Mac­Don­ald has been part of the Wide Bay team for the past cou­ple of years and said he loves play­ing at rep­re­sen­ta­tive level.

“I love play­ing rep footy. You come up against some re­ally tal­ented blokes and your own game im­proves as a re­sult,” Mac­Don­ald said.

Last year the Wide Bay Rangers won their first ever game at the 47th Bat­tal­ion.

Cen­tral Bur­nett player Mitch Thor­burn was named as Man of the Match.

The team hopes to im­prove on last year and have formed ear­lier to al­low for ad­di­tional train­ing.

KICK­ING GOALS: Seven play­ers have been se­lected from the 2018 Cen­tral Bur­nett Rugby League team to play in the 47th Bat­tal­ion. PHO­TOS: APRIL KIMBER

The South Bur­nett Rugby League team with sev­eral play­ers se­lected for the North Wide Bay team next month.

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