Chase tack­les Penin­sula

Tablelands Advertiser - - SPORT - Bron­wyn Wheatcroft

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.

Picture: Bron­wyn Wheatcroft

Ma­reeba Ju­nior Rugby League player Chase Shep­pard un­der 12ds Penin­sula side for 2018.

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