Sea Eagle makes North Qld team
AUSSIE RULES: A forward with the Whitsunday Sea Eagles has been selected to represent North Queensland in a match played at the weekend at Cazaly’s Stadium in Cairns.
Nick Proud and Nathan Peters were the only players selected from the region to represent the North.
Though the North Queensland side went down to the southerners 62-92, Proud said it had been a privilege to have been selected after making the squad last year but not making the final 22.
“The team is picked from Cairns all the way down to Rockhampton so for me to make it this year... was massive,” he said.
“It was a shock to actually get picked in the final 22 because it is such a big region.”
The level of intensity was a huge step up from club footy and the speed of the game was the big difference from the usual weekend fixtures with the Sea Eagles, Proud said.
The 26-year-old apprentice boilermaker from Moranbah said his recent form was not there as a younger player and ruled out making the jump to professional football.
“I think that boat sailed a long time ago, I wasn’t really in the mix as a younger bloke and I haven’t made a rep team in a long time so it was a massive honour,” Proud said.
Proud is playing his first season for the Whitsunday Sea Eagles after his local club in Moranbah withdrew from Mackay’s AFL comp.
Proud said he was looking forward to the top-of-the-table clash this weekend at the Whitsunday Sportspark against the Mackay City Hawks.
REP TEAM: North Queensland representative players Nathan Peters and Nick Proud.