CQ se­lec­tion for four young Raiders

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

Four ju­nior Whit­sun­day Raiders will take on the state’s best next week­end on the Gold Coast.

Jack Kearns, Ben Cor­nish, Aaron Kearns and Con­nor Spence have been se­lected in the Cen­tral Queens­land Bushrangers team for their re­spec­tive age groups fol­low­ing stel­lar Coun­try Muster car­ni­vals ear­lier this month.

The young Raiders, play­ing for Mackay, trav­elled to Emer­ald for games against teams from Far North Queens­land and Cairns over the Queen’s Birth­day long week­end.

As a re­sult of their im­pres­sive per­for­mances, Ben and Jack were picked in the un­der-16 team while Aaron and Con­nor will rep­re­sent the un­der-13s. “It was a very good car­ni­val with a high-level of rugby played,” Ju­nior Raiders pres­i­dent Jac­inta Kearns said. “We had most (un­der) 15s go down, play­ing in the 16s so they did well in a tough com­pe­ti­tion.

“All the Raiders played well against some qual­ity op­po­si­tion.”

Both the un­der-13 and 16 teams will fly to the Gold Coast on July 1 for a short camp be­fore the state cham­pi­onships on July 3. The CQ teams will play five or six games against the state’s best play­ers.

In other news, in­for­ma­tion on the start of the ju­nior rugby sea­son will be­come avail­able soon. “Par­ents in­ter­ested in the Ju­nior Raiders should keep their ears to the ground. We will have a meet­ing shortly to dis­cuss the start of the sea­son,” Kearns said.

LO­CAL LE­GENDS: Whit­sun­day Raiders Ben Cor­nish, Jack Kearns, (front) Con­nor Spence and Aaron Kearns will rep­re­sent Cen­tral Queens­land.

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