Chase tackles Peninsula
A MAREEBA junior rugby league player has the chance to impress in Brisbane after making the under 12s Peninsula side at the age of 11.
Chase Sheppard travelled to Innisfail and Cairns for two days of trials and matches recently and was the only boy his age picked from the Mareeba Junior Gladiators side.
Players from the Torres Strait Island to Tully and Cardwell and in-between travelled to compete for the Peninsula side with only 18 boys being picked out of about 200.
Proud dad, Chris Sheppard said Chase started playing football about seven years ago when he was five.
“It is exciting for him to be picked for the Peninsula side because he works hard and loves football,” he said.
“This will be a good chance for him to play against other talented kids and see where his is skills are at.”
Chase said he loves rugby league and most of all he loves tackling, but what really got him into playing the game was growing up and watching his father play.
He said he trains three times a week and every other day he is kicking the football around at home.
“I am a year younger than all the other players in the Peninsula team,” he said.
“So I am going to just try my best when I am out there.”
The 11-year-old said his dream is he wants to be as good as Jonathan Thurston and hopefully play for a team when he is older.
Chase will now travel to Brisbane at the end of June for a week to play and try to make a state team.
Mareeba Junior Rugby League player Chase Sheppard under 12ds Peninsula side for 2018.