No state picks
ALTHOUGH there were no state selections for our local lads at the Queensland Junior Rugby state championships, the experience of coming up against the best teams in Queensland was worth it.
The championships were held last week in Toowoomba and Queensland Rugby Cairns Development Officer Mitch Craig said all five boys represented the region in good form.
“They all went pretty good, Tommy Allen in Under-13s played a lot of minutes and played against a lot of boys much bigger than him and he didn’t back down which was unreal,” he said.
“Fraser Cotton (Under-14s) didn’t get too much time but played really well and is getting better with every game.
“Aiden Chesterfield in the Under-17s did well, he ran the ball quite well which is very promising, Quinlan Cannon (Under-14s) ran well and scored a couple of great tries and Mathew Chesterfield in Under-13s did well, his tackling was superb and he’s come a long way.”
There was all- over improvement in the boys’ games despite the Under-13s not winning a game, the Under-14s came fifth overall out of nine teams, the Under-15s came equal third, the 16s and under-17s both came fifth.
“It’s a great pathway for them especially to have to go up against a Brisbane team who play very good rugby week in and week out and it’s a good way to test themselves,” Craig said.
“Just playing against those guys does enhance skills and puts them under pressure, which is good.”