Darling Downs Primary School rugby league representatives (front, from left) Harry Sullivan, Angus Croft, Isaac Chaffey, Mason Blades, (back) coach Stan McDonnell and trainer Mick Grew.
Darling Downs Primary School rugby league representatives (front, from left) Harry Sullivan, Angus Croft, Isaac Chaffey, Mason Blades, (back) coach Stan McDonnell and trainer Mick Grew.

Primed for state rugby contest

GETTING the ball away in the tackle will be one of the aims of Isaac Chaffey in the Queensland Primary School 12 years and under rugby league championships at Redcliffe in the June/July school holidays.

Isaac, who attends Killarney State School, Yangan State School student Angus Croft and St Mary's pair Harry Sullivan and Mason Blades are in the regional team which trains each weekend in Warwick or Toowoomba in the run-up to the championships.

Goondiwindi State School teacher Stan McDonnell is coach and Mick Grew, of St Joseph's, Stanthorpe, the trainer.

Isaac, who is in the second row for Darling Downs, said training had been hard but good.

“I try to get the ball away in the tackle when I am attacking,” Isaac said.

Lock Angus Croft said he preferred tackling to running with the ball and few would argue about the importance of having a hard-tackling lock in any side.

Harry Sullivan was hooker for the Darling Downs 11 years side which had a successful carnival last year. He will again wear the number 8 jersey.

Isaac, Angus and Harry all played in the Darling Downs 11 years side last year.

Mason made the Possibles and Probables at the trials last year but admits he tried a bit too hard and pulled a hamstring.

This season, he has already scored seven tries in club footy and reckons he can outpace most of the players in the Darling Downs side.

“Harry (Sullivan) can catch me,” he said.

The players will miss three days of school for training in the run-up to the championships.

Warwick has two players in the 11 years Darling Downs side, St Mary's student Mitch Watson and Nick Van Der Poel who attends St Patrick's School at Allora.

Many athletes from the Southern Downs are being selected in regional teams and the Daily News wants to highlight the success of each group.

Call Gerard Walsh on 46601313 or email gerardw@warwickdailynews.com.au



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