Southern Downs connection in the Mustangs
RUGBY LEAGUE: Five Western Mustangs players will go into today's trial games against the Ipswich Jets full of confidence and motivation after a day with the Gold Coast Titans.
As part of the Mustangs' affiliation with the Titans, Todd White, Jazz Namana, Ryan Horton, Wally Pegler and Zac Stevens were effectively part of the NRL club for a day during the week.
Namara played footy for Warwick State High School after moving from the Gold Coast to Karara but most of his recent footy has been at underage level for Toowoomba and Mustangs teams.
Stevens played a lot of rugby league in the Warwick and District competition but is now based in Toowoomba.
They toured the Titans' facilities, were put through skills and strength testing, met with and watched the NRL squad at training before participating in a practise session with the Titans under 20s squad.
The opportunity was a reward for the five players for their effort and attitude during pre-season, with Mustangs under 20s coach Dean Bosnich sure they will take plenty from the chance to briefly be part of the Titans set-up.
"It was a great experience for them to see how a professional football team and the athletes prepare themselves,” Bosnich said.
The Mustangs have trial games in various age groups against the Jets in Ipswich today, which will lead-in to the trial match between the Broncos and Jets' Intrust Super Cup squad.
It is bound to be a tough day of matches against a fellow club in state-wide competitions on top of the expected sweltering conditions.
The mercury is forecast to reach 38 degrees at Ipswich today so conditions will be challenging for the Mustangs.