Locals make rep
TALENTED rugby league players Quinlyn Cannon, 14 and Wayne Oui, 13, have been selected into the North Queensland Marlins to play in the state championships.
The Mossman State High School teens have been training hard with the Mossman Sharks and were selected for the team after showing off their skills recently in a competition in MacKay.
Cannon played in the undefeated under14 team, which won the competition.
During the last game, the selectors spotted the fullback and told his coach to swap positions to see if he could adapt.
“They wanted to have a look at me in hooker and see how I went there, I did all right, I’m normally halfback but I don’t mind any position,” he said.
Cannon proved he could make the change and the selectors gave him a spot in the NQ Marlins representative team, which is the first time for the 14-year-old who missed out last year from an injury.
“It feels good, there were a lot of good players there,” he said.
Both families are proud of the players and for Under-13’s defence Wayne Oui, this is just the beginning after being the only player selected in his team, which won every game bar one in the MacKay competition.
“This is my first time and it felt good (being selected), I play lock and I just played, we played Mackay White, Townsville City, Innisfail and Eacham and we beat them all but lost one game,” he said.
League is the main sport for both teenagers and they both have ambitions to become professional rugby league players for the Brisbane Broncos.
And the first step in achieving the dream is playing in the NQ Marlins and training starts tomorrow night in Townsville.
“Training for three days a row in Townsville - we normally train two days a week with the Sharks and we play in the Sunshine Coast,” Cannon said.
As reported last week Adrian WrightBrown was selected in Under-14 Marlins team but was withdrawn due to a broken bone in his hand suffered at the carnival.
The State championships will be held on Wednesday June 27 to Sunday July 1 at Kawana Waters in the Sunshine Coast.
Local league legends: Quinlyn Cannon and Wayne Oui