Abbas in sudden impact
AFTER making the move from Warialda to Warwick, Jaime Abbas has made two Darling Downs schoolboy sporting teams this term.
The Warwick State High School student has represented Darling Downs in the open touch state championships already this month in Cairns where he scored four tries.
Darling Downs beat Peninsula in the play-off for ninth. He plays men's touch in Warwick for the Ruthless team,
Next week, he heads to Kingaroy with the Darling Downs open schoolboys rugby league side for the four-day state championships.
He will be joined in the team by fellow Southern Downs students Tom Landers and Michael Pearson (Stanthorpe High), Brodie Sharman (Assumption) and Ashley Quirk (St Joseph's).
Abbas has played lock or in the halves for the Warwick Cowboys under-18 side this season and even went up to the front row when needed for Warwick High this week.
He received one players' player point after impressing in his debut for the Cowboys in A-grade at halfback.
While he enjoyed the experience, Abbas feels a sense of responsibility to focus on the U18 side in his role at captain.
The Cowboys need to beat Souths on Sunday to secure a President's Cup final berth in the U18 grade.
He is in his first season of Warwick rugby league after the family moved from Warialda in October.
"We used to drive through Warwick to the Gold Coast, mum liked the look of the town and we moved here," Abbas said.
While at Warialda, he was offered a trial at Manly Sea Eagles for the Harold Matthews Cup team.
He stayed in Sydney with former Northern New South Wales and Australian player Noel Cleal and trained in the week before the trial game for aspiring recruits.
Abbas didn't secure a spot in the team but believes the carnival in Kingaroy next week will be an opportunity for all players to impress in front of talent scouts.
"There will be a lot of scouts there," he said.
"Playing NRL is my dream but I am not counting on it.
"I would definitely love to play Queensland Cup."
Abbas turns 18 next month and plans a gap year away from study in 2013.
He is planning another season with the Cowboys unless one of the scouts who watches him next week comes knocking on his door.
"I will be aiming for under-19 representative footy in 2013," he said.