SET TO REPRESENT: Joe Amery will play for Southeast Queensland on Saturday.
SET TO REPRESENT: Joe Amery will play for Southeast Queensland on Saturday. Claudia Williams

Opportunity calls for Saint

AUSSIE RULES: When Joe Amery pulls on his guernsey to represent Southeast Queensland on Saturday, he will also be flying the flag for the South Burnett and Darling Downs.

It is the first time Amery, who plays for the Saints, has been selected in the representative side to take on North Queensland.

He is the sole representative from the Darling Downs competition and he is looking forward to the opportunity.

"I was a bit surprised and taken aback, I thought there would be a few other players ahead of me on the list,” he said.

"It will be a good experience to play at a higher level and test myself against the best players in Queensland.”

It will be the fifth time the game has been held, with stakes in the contest at an all-time high.

In both 2014 and 2015, the North Queensland side prevailed, but in 2016 and 2017, the tide turned with South Queensland triumphing.

The ledger now stands at two wins apiece with the travelling team winning on each occasion.

This year will be the first in the game's history that both the North and South Queensland sides have retained their head coach from the previous years, with Danny Craven returning for a third year for the South and Brad Cooper in his second stint with the North.

Craven has the benefit of a perfect record in the representative clash and has named a strong line-up again, hoping for a potential third straight win.

Amery will be part of an experienced South East side with Maroochydore's Daniel Dzufer, who has played over 200 games in his time across AFL, NEAFL, representative and club football, playing for the team for the third time.

Former Brisbane Lion and Hawthorne goal sneak Rhan Hooper, who played 54 games at the highest level will also feature in the team.

With four players from last year's winning team playing this year it seems that there is a changing of the guard for the region.

The showdown will take place on Saturday at Aspley's Graham Road following the NEAFL Aspley v Southport curtain raiser.

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