Kearns and Cornish selected for 2014 Bushrangers squad
SIXTEEN junior rugby players represented the Whitsunday region at the Queensland Country Muster in Emerald on the weekend.
The players were a part of an under-13’s and under-14’s squad with other junior players from Mackay joining the ranks of the two Mackay District representative sides.
In Emerald, the boys took on strong sides from the Central Highlands, Bundaberg/Hervey Bay and Rockhampton over three days of competition in the hope of being selected for the 2014 Bushrangers squads.
Representatives from Queensland Rugby Union watched the young players as they demonstrated skills and determination far beyond their years before making their selections.
In the under-14’s team Proserpine’s Jack Kearns and Ben Cornish were selected for the Bushrangers representative team alongside Mackay players James Lister, Garrett Smith and Tyrell Lafinuanai.
While none of the eight Whitsunday players competing were selected for the Bushrangers under-13’s team, coach Craig Spence said he was very proud of their efforts.
“The boy’s performed really well for a group that had never played together before and have played no competitive rugby matches since third term last year,” he said.
“They played two games per day against Central Highlands and Rockhampton and showed vast improvements with every game.”
Three Mackay players of Connor McKinlay, William Gunning and Noah Brownsey were selected for the under-13’s Bushrangers squad as well as Jayden Nadilo from Bundaberg.
“As coach of the under 13’s, the weekend was a great success especially considering the experience of the opposition our boys were up against,” Spence said.
Kearns and Cornish will now be looking forward to their next rugby road trip when they travel with their new team mates to Brisbane to compete in the state titles in July.
RUGBY REPS: The Mackay contingent for the U14 Bushrangers representative team of James Lister (Mackay), Jack Kearns (Proserpine), Garrett Smith (Mackay), (front) Tyrell Lafinuanai (Mackay) and Ben Cornish (Proserpine) after competing in Emerald on the weekend.