Young guns ready to fire
Rep players head north for carnival
RUGBY LEAGUE: The future stars of the Chinchilla Bulldogs and Miles Devils will be on show this weekend in Gladstone as they participate in the 47th Battalion Carnival.
Devils prop forward Lukas Williams will represent the Roma and District under-20s, along with Bulldogs players Hayden Bender, Romada Barnes, Bowdy Welldon and Ethan Pearson.
The Bulldogs will also have U18s Jaye Polkinghorne, Harry Smith, Alan Manuel, Kaleb Baker and Matt Eising at the carnival.
Bulldogs president Lee Irwin said it was great to see the club’s brightest young talent rewarded for their hard work.
“It’s a good opportunity for the young guys to hopefully further their career,” Irwin said.
“It’s a pathway for them into the higher representative sides.
“Some of the guys who are playing have already played in the senior ranks.
“They must have the ability to be able to be selected in these sides, so it’s a great thing for the club moving forward to have these guys playing.”
Lukas Williams’ father Peter is proud his son made the side, saying his work rate and strength are his greatest attributes as a footballer.
He is hopeful Lukas returns from the carnival as a better player.
“That’s the aim: that they bring some of the stuff they learn back to their club,” Williams said.
“He was part of the Central Crows U18s squad three years ago.
“Last year he played for Souths Mackay in the U19 comp and was awarded their best and fairest.
“He enjoys the game and he likes playing with his mates, whatever comes his way he’ll have a go at.”
Standout players from the carnival will be selected for the Central Crows team.
CHOSEN ONE: Kaleb Baker looks to get a pass away from the base of the scrum.
Miles Devils player Lukus Williams in action.
Harry Smith has a carry for the Chinchilla Bulldogs.