UNION REPS: Jack Briskey, Rhys Ward, Connor Spence, Ben Cornish, Keoni Solomonis, Taine Browne and Aden Spence, of the Central Queensland Bushrangers representative side, at the Junior Rugby Championships.
UNION REPS: Jack Briskey, Rhys Ward, Connor Spence, Ben Cornish, Keoni Solomonis, Taine Browne and Aden Spence, of the Central Queensland Bushrangers representative side, at the Junior Rugby Championships.

Local Bushranger lads beat Gold Coast in State Champs

RUGBY UNION: Seven local boys participated in the Queensland Junior Rugby Championships held over three days at the Gold Coast on the weekend.

Jack Briskey, Rhys Ward, Connor Spence, Ben Cornish, Keoni Solomonis, Taine Browne and Aden Spence were part of the Central Queensland Bushrangers who took to the field at the Southport School over the three days of competition.

The Under-16 team beat the Gold Coast 8-7 in a nail-biting finish - Cornish scoring the winning penalty.

The Under-12, 13 and 14 teams played brilliantly with their city cousins. The highlight of the weekend was the Under-16s taking out the state title. It's a first for the Country and was well celebrated.

Rama Chand, participation officer for Reds Rugby Queensland said it was "great" to see the Central Queensland region recognised for their rugby ability and all their hard work.

"They really have achieved something special if you put into context that a lot of the other regional sides they played will have better resources, less logistical challenges for preparation and a bigger player pool to choose from," he said.

"There are plenty of opportunities in junior representative rugby through the Reds' rugby pathways. A lot of the side have participated in the recent Junior Gold Central Queensland side as well."

The coach of the side also praised the efforts of the lads.

"Congratulations boys, a great journey for you all and also myself. Thank you all for believing in dreams coming true," he said.

"Thank you all for believing in myself and Zak Costar.

"And most of all, thank you for believing in you."

A special mention must go out to Ben Cornish and Taine Browne, who both had fantastic tournaments and were rewarded with selection into the Queensland Country Under-16s side.

The team will play Queensland City before the Reds and Chiefs game at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium on Friday, July 8.


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