A TOTAL of six Whitsunday Sea Eagles players have been selected to play in the under-16 Mackay Crows representative team that will contest the State Country Championships in Rockhampton this weekend.
Talented youngsters Thomas McGrath-Ashton, Jordan Griffiths, Jack Spencer, Tory Pendrey, Robert Reents and Jacob Lowe have all been chosen to play in the state championships where they will represent the Mackay region against the best young Aussie Rules players from all over regional Queensland.
Mackay AFL development manager David Harding praised the efforts of all the players selected and wished them well for this weekend's state country titles.
"All these players have worked really hard through a tough pre-season and they deserve big congratulations for being selected," he said.
"Some of our players could possibly make the Kookaburras under-16 country team which will go on to contest the State under-16 Championships in Brisbane in early May."
Sea Eagles development coach Jamie Fuhrmann is also on board as the head coach of the representative team after graduating from his assistant role at last year's event. Fuhrmann has spent the last two weekends serving as the assistant coach for the Gold Coast Suns Academy side during their two tough losses to the Brisbane Lions Academy and will no doubt use these experiences to help him lead the Mackay Crows this weekend.
"It's fantastic that the Sea Eagles are so well represented in this team, we are very happy with all of or kids who have made the squad. They have all worked really hard and deserve to be there," he said.
"A lot of these kids have been with our club from an early age and have come up through our ranks so we are really confident that they will perform well this weekend."
The Mackay Crows will play against teams from Cairns, Townsville, Capricornia, Bundaberg and Wide Bay, Darling Downs and Cape York in this weekend's tournament with all players hoping to make an impression on state selectors.