ACTION: Matt Johnson (Tansey 1) and Cameron Shepherd (Warwick 1) in the Cunnigham A-grade final which Tansey won at Bony Mountain on Sunday.
ACTION: Matt Johnson (Tansey 1) and Cameron Shepherd (Warwick 1) in the Cunnigham A-grade final which Tansey won at Bony Mountain on Sunday.

State teams a high point for players

AFTER nine years of polocrosse with the Cunningham club, Texas-based player Tim Forster has played for two different Queensland teams in the past month.

"We don't have a club at Texas so I started in the sub-juniors at Cunningham," Forster said.

"It is a high point of my career to play for Queensland.

"I have put my first Queensland shirt away and might frame it," he said.

He is one of six Cunningham players who have already played for Queensland this year.

Some played in both the Barastoc Interstate Series in Warwick and the Australian Junior Classic in Albury, others in just one series.

Anthony O'Leary is a third-generation Cunningham player aiming to make a Queensland team for next year's nationals in Darwin.

"If I make it, it will be my third nationals. I have never been in a championship-winning team at the nationals but have won twice at Albury with Queensland junior teams."

Maddie Burton won best horse and rider at the Cunningham carnival at the weekend, following from the best number two award at the junior classic in Albury.

She said the Albury weekend was the high point of her career even if, surprisingly, she missed out on the Australian junior squad.

"Missing out has made me more determined. I will be too old for juniors at next year's nationals so my next aim is to make a Queensland team in the intermediate grade."

Dougal Strahley, who hails from Inverell in New South Wales, is one of five members of his family to play for Cunningham.

Carly Cooper, who also plays cricket for Queensland, played in both Queensland junior teams this year. Sally Gilbert, Forster, Strahley and Burton all wore the maroon of Queensland this year for the first time.



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