Top players make the cut
Team busy preparing for 47th Battalion competition in Toowoomba next month
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.