HIGH HONOUR: Matthew Murphy has become the first junior Stanthorpe Gremlin in two years to be selected in the South West Mustangs team.
HIGH HONOUR: Matthew Murphy has become the first junior Stanthorpe Gremlin in two years to be selected in the South West Mustangs team. Dane Lillingstone

Big honours for Matt

RUGBY LEAGUE: For the first time in two years, Stanthorpe will have one of its own in the South West Mustangs representative side.

Matthew Murphy impressed selectors at the Mustang Challenge at Gatton on the weekend and more impressively, did it in an unfamiliar position.

“Usually I play second row, lock, but someone couldn’t make it and I was put in the front row,” Murphy said.

“It was good to be in the middle, it’s a lot more work.”

Murphy, who plays under-16s for the Gremlins, said he was shocked to hear his name read out.

“It was the best feeling. This is my first year playing representative footy. Just to get to south-west is great,” he said.

The Broncos fan named forward Jo Ofahengaue as his favourite player, saying playing for the Broncos “would be great”.

Gremlins junior coach Mick Mahoney said it was a rare honour to be selected.

“The feedback I’ve received from officials is that Matt was one of the stand-out players of the carnival,” Mahoney said.

“It doesn’t really happen too often.

“You’ve got to be something exceptional to get picked for Mustangs.

“The U16s is made up of a lot of Clydesdales youth players, that would have been training two or three nights a week.

“Matt has come together and gelled with this side and his performances on the field this year have been excellent too.

“He’s just improved out of sight.”

Murphy will run out for the Mustangs next month.

From that carnival a central division team is picked, then if Murphy makes it through, he could even get a crack at Queensland honours.

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