Young guns ready to fire

Rep play­ers head north for car­ni­val

Chinchilla News - - SPORT - Sam Flana­gan Sam.Flana­gan@dal­by­her­ald.com.au

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.

PHOTO: LINDA STEINOHRT

CHO­SEN ONE: Kaleb Baker looks to get a pass away from the base of the scrum.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

Miles Devils player Lukus Wil­liams in ac­tion.

PHOTO: LINDA STEINOHRT

Harry Smith has a carry for the Chin­chilla Bulldogs.

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