High aims for national titles
CENTRAL Queensland touch players have just finished Rustlers Cup commitments and are now heading to the Australian Under-18 Championships in Coffs Harbour.
Team members leave on Saturday for a three-day camp on the Gold Coast before the championships start next Wednesday.
For some players this follows last weekend's Central Queensland touch commitments at the Rustler Cup in Noosa.
The Central Queensland boys team placed fifth last year, but will be tested this time around with a new-look team.
However, coach Eddie Doherty is confident that his younger, inexperienced players will give great support to his more senior players.
The experienced players include Australian under-18 representative, Rockhampton's Mitchel Smith along with Rockhampton's Ben Matheson, Jake Crear and Bundaberg's Mark Annetts.
Central Queensland's girls' team has a strong chance to improve on last year's fourth placing with several players making their last appearance in these championships.
Rockhampton's Emily Powell, selected in an Australian squad at last year's titles, is one of the players ready to go out on a high.
With more than three-quarters of last year's team returning, new players like Sam Byrne and Tanielle Clark should be well supported.
The championships finals are on September 10.