State of Origin dream will have to wait for Murgon star
Former Murgon resident Abelee Stanley was picked in the centres in the run-on team for last Friday night's under 18s State of Origin match against NSW.
But just days out from kick-off, she received the heart-breaking news that the team doctor had confirmed she was not fit to play.
The former Murgon Mustangs player had received a concussion during a rugby sevens game in Sydney two weeks beforehand and doctors were not convinced she had completely recovered.
"I can't really remember how it happened but I was on the ground," she said.
Stanley, 17, had been training with the Queensland team and, even at the start of the week, was ready and excited to represent her state.
"My mum had booked accommodation and flights," she said.
"My family from Atherton came down."
Sadly, the former Murgon State School student's dreams of playing for Queensland now have to wait.
"I told them that I was feeling fine," Stanley said.
"Although, I did have sensitive eyes, which is one symptom of concussion."
Stanley was obviously disappointed after learning she wouldn't be playing in the much-anticipated State of Origin game, but she said she respected the opinion of the doctors.
Missing out this year has only made her all the more hungry for next year's representative season and the possibility of playing in the women's RNL competition.
"Hopefully I get the chance to do that," she said.
"The women's comp is developing and growing."
Currently in Year 12 at The Glennie School in Toowoomba, Stanley hopes to go to university next year to study a social science degree.
She will travel back to Murgon in the upcoming school holidays to see her mum and visit family.