Dream season for Sullivan
FORMER Warwick Cowboys and Collegians halfback Ben Sullivan has made it to the Queensland Cup with Norths Devils in his first season out of colts.
“It is an honour to make the cup team,” he said.
“I have to take this as a big opportunity; it has been a goal of mine to make the Queensland Cup. I want to work from here and earn a spot fulltime this season and one day aim to play in the NRL.”
Sullivan is in the Norths side to play the Mackay Crushers in Mackay on Sunday.
The 20-year-old is in his third season with the Norths Devils and his first in open rugby league.
While three quarters of his footy has been at halfback, Sullivan said hooker was his favourite position.
“At hooker, you get a lot more of the ball and can tackle all the time,” he said.
“I enjoy running from dummy half but you have to pick your times when a marker might be down.”
Sullivan was named at hooker for his debut in the FOGS Cup (Brisbane A-grade) competition this season.
Norths is currently leading the competition and Sullivan has won some players’ player award.
When playing for the Warwick Cowboys, Sullivan did a lot of kicking in general play.
“I kick a bit less at hooker than I used to in the inside backs but still kick at times from dummy half,” he said.
While Sullivan is a Brisbane Broncos supporter, he said he would be happy to play for any NRL club if the opportunity arose.
Last season, he was named best back for the Norths colts’ side which finished second on the table.
As the side was short of inside backs, he plays in the backs rather than at hooker.
His promotion of the Queensland Cup comes at a cost.
Sullivan will miss the chance to play hooker for the Brisbane Poinsettias FOGS A-grade side in the state carnival at Gold Coast this weekend, a forerunner to the selection of the Rangers side.
But the decision to play Queensland Cup rather than for Brisbane was an easy one, the Queensland Cup is only one level under the top competition in the nation.
Former Warwick Cowboys pair Dan Murphy and Dylan Galloway is in their second year of colts with Norths.
Galloway is on the wing and scored two tries in a 34-0 win against Souths Logan on Sunday. Murphy was halfback and set up many of the attacking movements.