WHITSUNDAY Sea Eagles players Jacob Lowe and Bob Reents have made the under-16 Country Kookaburras team after a very good weekend playing for the Mackay Crows at the State Country Championships in Rockhampton last weekend.
Both players played well over the course of the tournament and joined Mackay Crows teammates Jordan Harding (North Mackay Saints) and Josh Chiswell (Northern Beach Magpies) in earning state team selection.
The Crows put up a fantastic showing with wins against Townsville and Capricornia to go with a narrow loss against the Cape York Crusaders and a heavy loss against eventual champions, the Cairns Lions.
Crows coach Jamie Fuhrmann was thrilled with his team's effort, in particular the work of the Whitsunday Sea Eagles players that he coaches at a club level.
"The development of the entire group is very encouraging with all players improving in every game. A similar group went away two years ago in the under-14s and were defeated heavily by all other regions so the weekend results indicate the programs are working," Fuhrmann said.
"All six of the local Sea Eagles players put in strong performances and they should be very confident going into the 2012 season with the Sea Eagles".
AFL Mackay regional manager David Harding believes that this group of players will continue to develop into a very special unit over the next two years.
"I'd really like to congratulate the boys who were chosen in the under-16 Kookaburras that will head down to Brisbane for the State Championships in early May. The Mackay Crows had two fantastic wins and the whole group should be proud of the way they played and represented the Mackay region," Harding said.
"I also need to say thank you and well done to Jamie Fuhrmann and the rest of the coaching team of Dennis Nicholson, Craig Widdowson, Darryl Griffiths and Amanda Porter. The future of Mackay football is looking very healthy and on a steep climb".