Rep lads ready to bring their A game
LOCAL boys Logan Bayliss and Kirby Rubesaame are hoping to gain the home ground advantage when they represent Central Coast in Kingaroy on Saturday.
The pair is on the U16 representative team that pulls players from Wide Bay, Gladstone and the South West and this weekend's match will be their fifth with the team.
The Kingaroy State High School students and Red Ants team mates are hoping to have the first win for the team.
"We haven't got any wins yet, but we have improved each week," Rubesaame said.
"Our last three games we only lost by a try."
While both lads have been on the field for more than 10 seasons, being part of a team that draws from so far afield means the group has little opportunity to practise as a team.
"We don't get to train much because everyone is so spread out," Bayliss said.
"We only get to train a day or two before each game when we go on our camps."
But they take in every moment they do have at training, doing the best they can in the time they have and taking on board advice from the coach.
And both lads think the hard work could pay off at T J O'Neill Oval at the weekend.
"I reckon we could go alright, we just keep improving," Bayliss said.
But whichever way the game goes the boys are determined to keep training, keep getting better, and set themselves up for a future in the game.
"I want to try and get into future rep sides through school and hopefully progress to a higher level after school," Rubesaame said.
"The dream is to play in the NRL and make State of Origin."
The U16s team will take to the field in Kingaroy at 10am on Saturday.
The U18s Central Coast rep team will play Cairns U18s starting at 11.30am.
On the field
- Central Coast representative rugby league teams take on young players from Cairns this Saturday in Kingaroy at T J O'Neill Oval.
- U16s kick off at 10am.
- U18s take to the field at 11.30am.
Youngman St, Kingaroy.