Kirk takes flight towards more fullback onslaughts

ASHLEY Kirk describes it as the "best seat in the house'' ? even if at times you have to battle 30 knot winds.

The Rockhampton CSR Readymix Brahmans custodian is hop- ing for more "fullback-friendlier'' conditions in round two of the Queensland Country Championships in Townsville tonight.

Kirk breezed through his representative debut at fullback in Rockhampton's hard-fought 17-10 loss to the Darling Downs in Toowoomba last weekend, despite 30 knot winds blowing across the University of Southern Queensland ground.

"We handled it all right ? I guess,'' Kirk said of the tough opening round assignment.

The 2004 Queensland Country Heelers representative is enjoy- ing his switch to the No.15 jersey under new coach Tom Moore this season and is looking forward to his next challenge against competition frontrunners Townsville.

"I played wing last year and outside centre the year before. "This is my first year at fullback for rep and I'm really enjoying it, but I'd like to get more involved this weekend.''

Kirk, who works on two family properties at Banana and Moura, will have to do just that to halt a Townsville backline boasting the "Port Moresby Express''.

Flying winger Alphonse Gima showcased his raw speed and power with two tries in Townsville's 26-8 away win over the Sunshine Coast last weekend.

Round Two ? Townsville v Rockhampton, Gold Coast v Sunshine Coast, Mackay v Darling Downs, Cairns bye.

? Points ? Gold Coast 5, Townsville 4, Darling Downs 4, Rockhampton 1, Mackay 0, Sunshine Coast 0, Cairns 0.

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