Consistency delivers spot for Dawson Wright
AUSSIE RULES: After five years of junior Aussie rules with the Warwick Redbacks, Dawson Wright has made his first Darling Downs team.
Dawson, a Warwick East State School student, and fellow Redbacks player Kirby Morunga, who attends Stanthorpe State School, have both been selected in the regional primary school team to play in the state championships at Tony Ireland Stadium in Townsville on June 4-8.
After first playing for the Redbacks in the under-8 grade, Dawson has gone through the grades and was most consistent for the Redbacks in 2013.
He plays in the backline, predominately at halfback flank or the back pocket.
Kirby plays in the ruck for the Redbacks and is in his second season for the club.
The Redbacks pair was selected after trials at Middle Ridge Park in Toowoomba.
They start training after the school holidays each Wednesday and Sunday in Toowoomba.
Last Saturday, both played in a Warwick win against Highfields in U12 footy at Reddies Oval.
Dawson said he liked to kick goals.
"My most goals in a game is six in Toowoomba. I also enjoy defending in Aussie rules.
"I receive a lot of good advice from my Dad Jason and my coach Andrew Fidge."
He trains with the Redbacks U12 side each Thursday after going to training each Tuesday with the U14 side.
"If the under-14 side is short, they ask me to play. Some days I say yes, some days I say not. It depends on the weather and what my Mum thinks."
Like father, like son, it seems in Aussie rules, with Dawson being a Hawthorn fan just like Dad.
"I like their commitment to the game," he said.
Dawson said his grandfather, Greg Platz, was also excited about his selection.
Despite coming from a rugby league background, which included playing for Queensland and the Kangaroos, Platz is a regular at junior Redbacks games.
Extra Reggies needed
THE Warwick Redbacks are still looking for a few more players for the new reserve-grade men's team and the women's combination.
Players new to the sport welcome to join both teams.
Training for the women each Monday and Wednesday at 6pm at Reddies Oval.
More men welcome for reserves and can attend training at 5.30pm Tuesday and Thursday or call 0409 499 352.
Warwick plays junior and senior games against Toowoomba Tigers on Saturday at Rockville Oval.
The Tigers seniors merged with East Toowoomba Stingers in the off season so now play as one club.