Our players on rep duties
WHILE the Whitsunday Sea Eagles have had an up and down season so far this year, one thing that has remained constant is the performances from the side’s youth.
Harry Quod, Luke Adamson and David Hutchinson are all under the age of 21 and are all set to take part in the annual representative match in Mackay this long weekend.
The local players have been named in the 35-man Mackay representative squad that will take on Rockhampton at Harrup Park on Saturday night.
Also joining the players in the rep game is Sea Eagles head coach Darren Crossley who will be the assistant coach on the night.
For all three players, this is the first time they have been selected in the squad, a respectable honour at such a young age.
Adamson said he was very surprised to be part of the squad, especially when he compared himself to others in the Whitsunday side that missed out on selection.
Now selected, Adamson said he couldn’t wait to represent his team and the region this weekend.
"I’m pumped and excited," he said. "It should be good to play at the highest level around here."
New Sea Eagles recruit David Hutchinson will also pull on a Mackay rep jersey for the first time.
Hutchinson only joined the club this season after making the trip north from Aussie rules heartland, Melbourne.
He said it was great to be picked in the region’s representative side in his first year for the club. Hutchinson said he was looking forward to being part of the atmosphere at the rep match after he trained with the squad for the first time on Tuesday night.
Assistant coach Crossley will be involved for the second consecutive year and said it was great to have some local talent in the rep game. "It’s a huge effort and they’re obviously impressing [AFL Mackay development manager] David Harding," he said.
"I think they have been as good as any others all year."
Crossley said he hoped the players would take a lot out of the match against Rockhampton and bring it back to their own club.