Boys’ run on sacred ground
RUGBY UNION: Two local boys have just achieved something many of us could only ever dream of.
Ask any footy fan around Queensland where they'd most like to run out for a game and you'll get the same answer every time - Suncorp Stadium.
Whitsunday Raiders juniors Ben Cornish and Taine Browne got to live that dream on Friday night when they ran out for the under-16 Queensland Country team against City at Suncorp Stadium.
The match was part of the Queensland Reds Indigenous round and the under-16s played on the hallowed turf as a curtain raiser to their game against the Chiefs.
To make it even more special, both boys have come up together through the juniors ranks having first played together at the age of five.
Cornish said running out on Suncorp Stadium was an amazing experience.
"The atmosphere was crazy. We were the game just before the Reds played," he said.
"Towards the end of that game it started getting intense and we had a pretty decent crowd. There were a lot of people cheering us on and going for the Country boys because we were the underdogs.
"And it was good to get selected with Taine. He's gone up through the ranks with me."
It was Browne's first time playing in the state championships.
"I was just lucky enough to be selected in the team with Ben," he said.
In case playing at the grounds wasn't special enough, the Country boys won the match 20-14.
The results weren't completely surprising as the boys also played in the Central Queensland team that went through their competition undefeated.
"We're the best team in the state," Cornish said.
There are many similarities between the two boys - both play for the Brahmans and Raiders, both want to continue playing union as they get older and they both agreed they'd play for any Super Rugby team if they had the chance. Their next chance to impress will be the Junior Gold Cup at the end of the year and from there the dream would be getting selected in the under-17s Queensland team.