Mikah’s rugby skill on show at states

Central Telegraph - - SPORT - Mar­cus Costar and Leah Bros­nan

LO­CAL rugby union tal­ent Mikah Ap­pel will travel to Bris­bane next week to com­pete in the Queens­land un­der-17 cham­pi­onships.

Be­tween man­ag­ing var­i­ous other sports, Year 12 school stud­ies and na­tional ju­nior par­lia­men­tary du­ties, Mikah has also set her sights on de­vel­op­ing her­self on the rugby field.

Mikah was in­tro­duced to rugby by her fa­ther, Mat, at the ten­der age of four and through her fa­ther’s love for the game, the Try Rugby pro­gram, count­less coach­ing pro­grams and travel, she has learnt the nec­es­sary fun­da­men­tals to suc­ceed at rugby’s elite lev­els.

Mikah, along with 11 other cen­tral Queens­land girls, will take on the best in the south-east over two days, all vy­ing for se­lec­tion in the Queens­land U17 De­vel­op­ment Squad.

But it hasn’t come easy for the CQ girls.

Last week’s tri­als in Rock­hamp­ton saw the girls heav­ily scru­ti­nised by the Queens­land Reds de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cials and key rugby de­vel­op­ment coach­ing staff within cen­tral Queens­land.

Biloela man Peter Kurtz was ap­proached by the Reds and will head the coach­ing staff for the U17 CQ girls.

“The op­por­tu­nity for the girls to travel and be seen at this high level of rugby is in­cred­i­ble,” he said.

“Their skill sets and ded­i­ca­tion to rugby is tes­ta­ment to their se­lec­tion.

“I am hon­oured to be coach­ing this group of play­ers, they all have a real pos­i­tive un­der­stand­ing of what’s re­quired from each other to suc­ceed next week.

“All of them are ex­cep­tion­ally tal­ented, be­tween now and the cham­pi­onship we will fo­cus on de­vel­op­ing their com­bi­na­tions and struc­tures at set piece.”

Biloela Rugby Union’s Lau­rie Bros­nan said the op­por­tu­nity for these girls to com­pete in the cham­pi­onships was fan­tas­tic.

“To have a lo­cal Biloela girl play is re­ally pos­i­tive for our club as well as our com­mu­nity,” he said.

“She is show­ing us all that with hard work and ded­i­ca­tion, any­thing is pos­si­ble.

“These car­ni­vals are great for de­vel­op­ment and gives play­ers like Mikah an op­por­tu­nity to ex­press their tal­ents on the big stage but it does come at a cost.”

The Biloela Rugby Union Club will pay for Mikah’s ex­penses to play at the cham­pi­onships, along with do­nat­ing the use of its bus for all play­ers in the cen­tral Queens­land team.

“The Biloela Rugby Union Club is about help­ing our com­mu­nity where we can and this will negate all trav­el­ling costs in­volved for all play­ers and of­fi­cials,” Lau­rie said.

“We want them to fo­cus on their rugby, which will give them the best chance at suc­cess.”

Bet­ta­pork, Thinkwa­ter and Biloela Party Hire have jumped on board with help­ing the girls out and will spon­sor the cen­tral Queens­land U17 women’s team.

“This is what coun­try rugby is all about, lend­ing a hand and giv­ing our lo­cal tal­ent the best op­por­tu­nity at suc­ceed­ing,” Lau­rie said.

Biloela Party Hire’s Leah Bros­nan said they have a vested in­ter­est in de­vel­op­ing the chil­dren in the com­mu­nity.

“I am pleased with the way Biloela Rugby Union Club has ap­proached this and we will sup­port these girls where we can,” she said.

The car­ni­val will be played in Bris­bane on Septem­ber 20–21.


BRIS­BANE BOUND: Mikah Ap­pel at the Rock­hamp­ton tri­als last week­end be­tween games.

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