(Back, from left) Peter Grayson, Tanya Wright, Grant Lollback, Jessica Carey and (front) Mitchell Lollback will play touch rugby for Australia.
(Back, from left) Peter Grayson, Tanya Wright, Grant Lollback, Jessica Carey and (front) Mitchell Lollback will play touch rugby for Australia. Gerard Walsh

Seven win selection

PETER Grayson remembers playing seven games of touch rugby in two days in New Zealand in 2007 during one of his seven international series.

Grayson is one of seven players from the Warwick Touch Association selected in national teams this year.

They were selected after the annual interstate series in Coffs Harbour where Queensland easily won the overall series.

Grayson is in the Australian over 50 side for the first time and a shadow for the over 45 side.

It was when he was a shadow for a second team that he ended up playing seven games in two days.

“It hurt, I wasn't much good for a week,” he said.

Grayson loves the sport and representing his country and has no intention of scaling back.

He has played in three over 40 Australian teams including one when he was 45.

Four series against New Zealand in the over 45 age group followed.

Tanya Wright is also playing in her eighth series graduating from over 27 women's to mixed masters competitions.

She has twice captained Australia and won a player of the series award against New Zealand.

Allora player Grant Lollback has represented Queensland three times and was a shadow for Australia last year before injury ended any hopes of an international debut.

He is in the Australian mixed master's team for the trip to New Zealand in October.

His son Mitchell is in the under-15 side for his first taste of international touch rugby.

“I am really excited to be selected for Australia,” he said.

Jessica Carey made the Australian under-20 mixed team last year but missed the chance to play as New Zealand didn't field a team.

She is in the U20 team again and has also been invited to play in the open competition against New Zealand. Carey will attend a training camp at the Gold Coast in September before the international games.

“I'm stoked to be playing,” she said.

“I reckon I have improved as a player since last year.”

In the interstate series at Coffs Harbour, Grayson, Wright and Grant had a 3-0 series win against New South Wales. Carey won 3-0 under the coaching of Wayne Trim, of Warwick. Mitchell was victorious 2-1.

 

National reps

Over 50 men - Peter Grayson

Senior mixed masters - Wendy Watson

Mixed masters - Grant Lollback, Tanya Wright, Jaime Scott

Under 20 mixed - Jessica Carey

Under 15 mixed - Mitchell Lollback



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