Three young­sters carry city rugby banner

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - TRENT SLAT­TER

THREE young Townsville rugby union play­ers are prov­ing they’re just as tal­ented as their city- based ri­vals af­ter the an­nual Queens­land City ver­sus Coun­try clash at Ballymore.

Tokoa Roberts ( un­der- 13), Kmani Levi ( un­der- 14), and Tareq Parter ( un­der- 16) were all named for the Queens­land Coun­try teams as they took on Queens­land City.

The trio were the only play­ers from the re­gion to earn state selec­tion fol­low­ing their ef­forts with the Townsville Brol­gas at last month’s Ju­nior State Cham­pi­onships in Bris­bane. Play­ers from South­east Queens­land tra­di­tion­ally make up the Queens­land teams so it’s a huge achieve- ment for the com­mit­ted young Townsville ath­letes to pull on the jer­seys.

City took the brag­ging rights with hard- fought wins for the un­der- 13 and un­der- 14 games, but Tareq and the un­der- 16s stood tall for the re­gional boys as Coun­try de­feated City 13- 3.

Queens­land Coun­try selec­tion is the high­est hon­our that Tokoa and Kmani can achieve in their re­spec­tive age groups, but Tareq is still push­ing for a spot on the Queens­land team for the Aus­tralian Un­der- 16 Cham­pi­onships later this year.

STAND­ING TALL: Tokoa Roberts, 13, Kmani Levi, 14, and Tareq Parter, 16, have all have been se­lected for Queens­land coun­try rugby union teams. Pic­ture: EVAN MOR­GAN

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