Central players joins the Rangers
THREE players were selected from the Central Burnett to play in the Northern Rangers Wide Bay Rugby League team.
The team was chosen from three trial games played on Saturday night at Nanango between South Burnett, Central Burnett and Northern Districts.
All players battled it out for a spot in the representative team that will run on at the 47th Battalion carnival to be played in Roma on May 2-3.
Mundubbera's front rower Solomon Vi Mahe said he was thrilled to be selected to play for Wide Bay.
"I went down to play for the Central Burnett team to play hard and defend tough," Vi Mahe said.
"I did what I wanted to do and I must have stood out because they picked me in the team."
Northern Rangers selector Greg Appo, from Bundaberg, was put in charge of picking the team to go against Bundaberg in the first round of the competition.
Appo handpicked seven players from the South Burnett, three from Central Burnett and 10 from the Northern Districts.
"We just wanted to make a team who would excel at the next level," he said.
"I do know what it takes at the next level.
"It takes a fit player and someone who can play under a bit of fatigue."
Appo said he was impressed with the standard of rugby league in the South Burnett.
"In the South Burnett, they always bred good football players, because there is not as much fast food and the kids are out and about playing outside," he said.
"Alex Speedy played five-eighth.
"He was a real stand-out player - he was just perfect."
Central Burnett players also showed some potential.
"Shane Carter in the second row, he was a stand-out player for Central Burnett," Appo said.
"The trouble with Central Burnett is they got beaten very easily in both games."
But with shortened games, he said it was a challenge trying to gauge he full potential of each player, although he was confident the team he chose would be able to perform well despite only being put together two weeks before the carnival.
"We've got some great defensive players and some hard-running forwards," Appo said.
- Shane Carter
- Solomon Vi Mahe
- Blake Popp