Colten Preston (left) is one of 25 Southern Downs’ players heading for the nationals.
Colten Preston (left) is one of 25 Southern Downs’ players heading for the nationals.

Dominant role for Downs' players

TWENTY-five players from the Southern Downs are in Queensland polocrosse teams to play in the nationals next week at Ballarat, Victoria.

Warwick players are in each of the leadership roles for the under-21 side.

Charlie Brook is U21 coach, Warwick Fraser manager and Colten Preston captain.

Brook said he had no doubt Preston would play Test polocrosse for Australia.

But first, Brook, the Queensland under-21 men’s manager, wants Preston to lead his side to many victories in the National Polocrosse Championships in Ballarat next week.

“It is hard to gauge how strong each state will be as teams change so much at U21 level for the championships every two years,” Brook said.

In a late change to the men’s team, Cameron Shepherd has withdrawn after the unfortunate death of his horse Johno.

Cameron has been replaced in the men’s side by his brother Stuart riding Ray who has been promoted from the mixed team.

Cunningham player Sarah Gilbert is the only girl in the open junior team. Other Southern Downs officials include Leanne Geppert, Alan Waugh, Paul McGrath and Alex Hall.

Southern Downs players in state teams:

Open teams: Men – Stuart Shepherd, Russell Owens (Warwick), Jacob Ross (Tambo, formerly Killarney).

Women – Trish Barlow, Stephanie Thorsby, Katie Jolly, Katie Barr, Sally McGrath (Wck), Melissa Kerr (Cunningham).

Mixed – Allan Owens (Wck).

U24 women: Jess Osborne Erica Geppert (Wck).

U21 men: Colten Preston, captain (Wck), Brad Hall (Clifton).

U21 mixed: Ella Waugh, Brenton Schnitzerling, Jeromy Milson (C’ham), Chris Hall (Clif).

Junior open: Jake Lawrence, Tom Cobon (Wck), Sarah Gilbert (C’ham).

Junior mixed: Ryle Waugh (C’ham).

Masters: Paul O’Leary, Bill Kerr, Robyn Cooper (C’ham).

Under 12 exhibition: Anthony O’Leary (C’ham), Anthony Wells (Wck).



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