U14s prove a powerful lot
GLEN Williamson is upbeat about the chances of the unbeaten Warwick and District under-14 side in this weekend's South West Mustangs Challenge at Sullivan Oval, Stanthorpe.
The Warwick and District U14 side recorded a convincing win against a Toowoomba side two weeks ago and a 22-18 win South West Stockmen on Sunday in its two trial games.
"The team is coming together well, we are yet to play the second Toowoomba team this season," the U14 coach said.
"We have a big mobile pack this year and dominated in the forwards in both trial games.
"Our backs are sharp and strong in defence."
Brad Morrish captains the side from five-eighth and is one of a number of players in top form for the Warwick and District side.
Morrish is also the team goalkicker and does most of the kicking in general play.
"If everyone plays to their strengths, we are hoping a reasonable number of players will press hard for selection," Williamson said.
"The players are all keen to impress the selectors."
Williamson has a squad of 17 for this weekend's games.
"The plan is to give equal time to all players so they can press for Mustangs selection," he said.
Versatility is the key to rugby league success and Williamson has developed different combinations for left and right sides.
"We play our second rowers out wide," he said.
Warwick and District has played one trial game in the U16 division, a loss to Toowoomba two weeks ago. They were scheduled to play South West Stockmen on Sunday at Chinchilla but the team from the west forfeited.
While Toowoomba has two teams in U13 and U14 age groups for the challenge, Toowoomba only fields one U16 team which reduces the competition to three teams and one day of trials.
The Warwick U13 team has recorded a win against South West Stockmen and a loss to one of the Toowoomba teams in trial games.
Mustangs teams will be selected in all three age groups to play in the state championships started on June 27 at Currimundi on the Sunshine Coast.
There are no club fixtures this weekend. In the next round on June 2, games will be played at Inglewood, Stanthorpe and Eastern Suburbs grounds.
WARWICK AND DISTRICT GAMES
Saturday Games on the hour 10am to 3pm.
10am U16 Warwick v Toowoomba, U13 Warwick v Toowoomba Sky Blue
11am U14 Warwick v Toowoomba Sky Blue
Noon to 3pm Second games for Warwick U13 and U14 sides against teams to be determined.
3pm U16 Warwick v Roma and District
4.15pm Presentation of trophies and naming of U16 Mustangs team
9am U13 Possibles v Probables and U16 Mustangs training
10am U14 Possibles v Probables
11am Naming of Mustangs U13 and U14 teams