Sea Ea­gle makes North Qld team

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

REP TEAM: North Queens­land rep­re­sen­ta­tive play­ers Nathan Peters and Nick Proud.

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