Q Cup player to showcase skills in front of home town
AS NANANGO prepares to host one of the seven QRL Round 18 Country Week games, one of the South Burnett's own is getting to ready to take to the field this weekend.
North Devil's Rugby League player Luke Pollock, who was born in Nanango, will run out with his team as they face competition leaders Sunshine Coast Falcons.
Pollock is hoping to see a few friendly faces amongst the crowd at the Nanango Showgrounds.
"I still have a fair bit of family out in Nanango so it's pretty special for me to play out there,” he said.
"Some of my mates from around the area will also be at the game.”
Pollock started his rugby league career as a youngster with the Blackbutt juniors club before boarding at Ipswich Grammar School.
"My parents enrolled me into the under-6s team and I played with them until under-13s,” he said.
"I then played in Ipswich and developed my career there before moving over to the North Devils nearly five years ago.”
There is a strong history of rugby league in the Pollock family.
The North Devils player's father, Anthony Pollock, laced up for the Nanango Stags from when he was a junior right through to A-grade.
In preparing for this weekend's clash, Pollock said he didn't have any pre-game superstitions but he did go through a stage of eating scrambled eggs before his matches.
Pollock said it was tough to get out to the country during the season as he juggled his full-time work as an electrician with footy training three nights a week.
"(Working and training) does take a toll on you, but when you love what you do and have a great bunch of mates to play with, you just do it,” he said.
During the off-season he travels out to the South Burnett more often to visit family and friends.
When he's not working or playing footy Pollock said he also enjoyed a round of golf with his granddad and uncles in his downtime.
Central Qld NRL game development officer Blake Mara said Pollock was the perfect example of a country guy following the rugby league pathway.
"It's a great thing for kids to aspire to and the cards have worked out really well to have someone from the local area playing in the game this weekend,” Mara said.
"A big part of the country week round is to raise the profile of the statewide competition.
"It's good for kids to see the pathway into the NRL.”
"It's also a great financial incentive for the local club to host these games as it puts money back into the grassroots level where a lot of the NRL players come from.
"I knew a player who was from Hervey Bay and got to play back there last year in the country round. He said it was one of the best days of his life being able to play in front of his home town.”
There will be a number of juniors games before the Q Cup clash kicks off at 1.10pm at the Nanango Showgrounds this Sunday, July 21.