UP FOR THE CHALLENGE: The U18 Wide Bay Schoolboys take on the South Burnett U18s to prepare for the state championships.
UP FOR THE CHALLENGE: The U18 Wide Bay Schoolboys take on the South Burnett U18s to prepare for the state championships. Claudia Williams

Wide Bay Schoolboys ready to take on state's best

SOUTH Burnett's promising young league players will take on the best schoolboys in the state at the Queensland School Sport Under-18 Rugby League Championships this week.

Dan English, Patrick Gentry, Harry Wilson, Blake Shirley, Braydon Anderson, Patrick Holt and Selwyn Cobbo will fly the flag for the South Burnett in Roma, alongside their Wide Bay Schoolboys teammates from Bundaberg and Gympie.

The team tested their form against the South Burnett U18s in preparation for the competition.

Coach Kevin Sherriff said it was an opportunity to work on cohesion and identify where there was room for improvement.

"It was to get the boys together and try and get them in game situations so we can pick a few things out before we get to day one and so we know what we need to focus on,” Sherriff said.

"A little session like that shows a lot of promising things and there are a few little errors that we need to fix.”

The players will go up against the Sunshine Coast in their first game at Roma as they vie for selection in the Queensland Schoolboys side.

"I think it will be a really good match-up,” Sherriff said.

"There is a bit of rivalry there with them being our neighbouring region so it would be ideal to get a win and hopefully that sets us up for the rest of the carnival.”

Team trainer Damon Rehbein said the ultimate goal for the championship was to grow the players' passion for the game.

"We want them to keep playing footy and build their confidence and enjoyment,” Rehbein said.

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