U18s South Burnett Eagle Harry Wilson weaves through Central Highlands players.
U18s South Burnett Eagle Harry Wilson weaves through Central Highlands players. Jessica McGrath

47TH BATTALION: Four Eagles called up for Queensland Country

SOUTH Burnett Eagles proved they were among the best players on field during a big weekend at the central division 47th Battalion.

The Under-18s team took runners-up honours, while the South Burnett Under-20s side finished in fourth place at the end of the weekend in Murgon.

Four Eagles players were also selected to play for Queensland Country due to their efforts on the field at the weekend.

U18s coach Mitch Cush said it was a fantastic result for the boys.

"There were good line breaks, the middles were good and the forwards were exceptional," Cush said.

U18s player Daron Saltner was selected to play for the Queensland Country, alongside Andy Champney, Errol Simpson and George Fisher in the U20s.

"They played well with the limited preparation they had," Cush said.

"With the quality of the players and a little bit more coaching and extra training, they have the potential to go onto bigger and better things."

The coach said Kaia Williams also showed impressive play throughout the weekend, and 16-year-old player Harry Wilson put in a solid performance at the carnival.

He also praised Tyreece Gyemore.

"He's just a natural footballer," he said.

Cush said Ryley Drayton and Jack Sullivan also showed outstanding play.

The coach said the region's players were given a great opportunity to showcase their skills, and learn from others at the carnival hosted by the Murgon club.

"I really liked the energy and enthusiasm some of our players showed over the two days," he said.

"There's the younger group of kids coming up, they are getting exposed to great talent.

"The connections they've got with the 18s and 20s shows them they've got to continue to work on their footy."

Cush also praised the water runners, trainers, strappers and canteen volunteers who were kept busy all weekend ensuring the event, which attracted 400 rugby league players, coaches and fans to the region, went smoothly.

Looking ahead, the coach said he had a good core group in the South Burnett Eagles U18s side, who would now compete in the Toowoomba competition.

"They'll give the Toowoomba competition a real shake," he said.

"If we're competing at a state level, let's see what we can do going across and competing at a local level."

The coach encouraged community members to support the South Burnett Eagles.

"We've got a lot of home games coming up, people should come out and support them," he said.

The U18s South Burnett Eagles will play against the Toowoomba Valley Roosters in Kingaroy at 1pm this Saturday.

The teams are currently sitting in third and fourth place on the competition ladder, so it will be a well-matched game.

"Get behind these young boys, they are representing their district and representing them well," Cush said.

See the on-field action from the 47th Battalion in this huge photo gallery here.