Juniors prepare for Mackay trials
THE junior Whitsunday Sea Eagles players trialing for the Mackay Crows under-14 representative team continues to develop and build momentum.
The local contingent of players have been put through their paces twice a week for the five weeks to ensure they are at their peak come competition time.
The Crows have been under the watchful eye of Whitsunday junior development coach Jamie Fuhrmann every Monday and Wednesday night ahead of the upcoming State championships in Mackay on June 11-13.
Fuhrmann said he was happy with the squad’s progress as they prepared for the carnival.
"We are seeing big improvements in the boys efforts and skill levels and this is expected to continue when they play representative games against the best players in the state," he said.
"Even the guys who don’t get picked in the final squad the experience will help them throughout their football as they can see first hand how high the standard is and what’s needed to be done to compete at the next level."
Sea Eagles players Angus Hawkins, Jared Booth, Ben Spencer, Kerr Claxton, Tory Pendrey, Eli Gunders, Lachlan Ward, Layton McGregor, Michael Maltby, Jonty Hinschen and Jack McCarthy are all vying for their spot in the final squad.
Other Sea Eagles players that have been training with the Crows but will be unable to play at the carnival due to their selection in the North Queensland under-12s Schoolboys side are Hudson McGregor, Jacob Healy, Rhys Fuhrmann and Matthew Pollutro.
These players will be representing North Queensland in Brisbane on the same weekend.
Ahead of the carnival, the players will train in Mackay on June 6 with the full Crows squad.
The final team list will be announced that night.
The selected team will then travel to Tony Ireland Stadium in Townsville on June 5 for a trial match against Townsville.