Kearns and Cor­nish selected for 2014 Bushrangers squad

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -


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.

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