Lo­cals make rep

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

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

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