Young Sea Eagle makes Qld Country


ELI Gunders from Cannonvale State School arrived back from Cairns last Wednesday with a wealth of football experience.

Eli represented the under-12 North Queensland team in the Queensland Schools State Aussie Rules Championships.

Over the five days of competition around Queens Birthday weekend, Eli displayed great football skills and he was picked to represent the Queensland Country team as a ruckman.

The Country team played one of the metropolitan teams at the end of the carnival, downing them in dominating style, 70-15.

Eli was one of only four North Queensland players to make the Country side.

This means he was in the top 23 of the country division, which had more than 130 players competing in the Queensland Schools State Aussie Rules Championships.

In total, Eli played five games in the Country Pool B division, plus one cross-over game with a metropolitan side and the Country team representative game.

He wasn't selected to represent the state side at nationals.

But Eli certainly gained a great deal of experience on his trip to Cairns, and representing the country team was a huge achievement.

The talented young sportsman is now focusing on his under-13 duties for the Whitsunday Sea Eagles.

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