Benefit boosts players prospects
FIVE Killarney Cutters players are in the Border Bushrangers rugby league squad to play the Warwick Cowboys A-grade side in the main Sinclair Byrne Benefit game at Father Ranger Oval tonight at 7pm.
The Watts brothers, Jamie and Brett, Christopher McGregor, Steven Ackland and Troy Weier from Killarney will be joined in the Border side by players from Stanthorpe, Tenterfield, Texas and Inglewood.
This year, some Millmerran players have joined Inglewood and are likely to play their first game for the Bushrangers against Warwick.
The Border team will be coached tonight by Tenterfield official Butch Smith.
Cutters president John Towells said he had more players keen to play tonight, if positions were available, and to keep their positions in the Border side for the representative season.
“Players who impress in this game will boost their selection chances later in the season,” Towells said. “There is only one competition game before Border plays Roma.”
Border president Steve McEvoy said he had players who didn’t know Sinclair wanting to play to support someone in need.
“We have more than enough players for the game,” McEvoy said.
After missing last week’s game against Aspley, Vinnie Mei will have a chance in A-grade for the Cowboys against the Border side.
He played five A-grade games last year on the wing and scored two tries and is desperate to make it into the top team this season.
“I am happy to play anywhere in A grade,” Mei said.
“The season is looking good for the Cowboys; I want to win a premiership.
“I know a few of the guys in the Border side, we used to play juniors against them in Warwick and district.”
3.30pm: Under 8 game between Collegians and Eastern Suburbs
4pm: Under 18 game between Warwick and Fassifern
5.30pm: Under 10 demonstration game
6.15pm: Women’s game
7pm: Cowboys A grade v Border followed by sports auction
8.45pm: Auction of sporting memorabilia