STRONG HISTORY: Isaac Chaffey and his under-16 teammates will look to build on last year.
STRONG HISTORY: Isaac Chaffey and his under-16 teammates will look to build on last year. Michael Cormack

Rep brigade eyeing off the Barrett Shield

RUGBY LEAGUE: The Warwick and District Junior Rugby League teams are preparing for the Barrett Shield, with the first match just under three weeks away.

Teams in the under-13s, 14s and 16s will all compete in the Barrett Shield on the first weekend of next month before travelling to St. George and then Chinchilla the following two weekends.

Warwick and District Junior Rugby League development co-coordinator and under-16s coach Glenn Brown said he was confident of strong performances from all three teams. "Toowoomba will be difficult but all the teams will give it a good shake," Brown said.

"It's going to be tough because none of our teams have played any games yet whereas the other teams have already played some games."

Despite the lack of games, Brown is confident in his side, after the majority of the side played together last year.

"The under-16s did very well last year," he said. "It's a strong squad and we've got some good combinations from last year.

"We're reasonably confident going into our matches."

Brown said he was hoping the team would play well but the goal was ultimately to get players selected at the next level. "It's all about players getting selected," Brown said.

"If the team performs well, then that will help players get selected.

"The two go hand-in-hand."

Under-16s player Isaac Chaffey said the squad was high on confidence after last year.

"We won the under-15s in Bundaberg last year," Chaffey said.

"We've got some good combinations because we all know how each other play from last year."

Chaffey, who models his game on Gold Coast Titans second-rower Dave Taylor, said the best part about being selected was playing with mates from other Warwick teams. "It's good going away with your mates," he said. "It's fun getting to play with mates who you don't normally get to play with."

The weekend in Chinchilla will see a round-robin format with players vying for spots in the Mustangs team which will play at a state carnival later in the year.



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