Meet our Aussie captain

By AARON KELLY

ROCKHAMPTON'S Gavin Shuker continues to break new ground on the touch football field.

Shuker, 32, has been named the Australian open men's captain for next month's All Nations tournament in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Shuker received the call-up after leading the Central Queens- land open men's team in an inaugural three-match series against Australia on the Gold Coast at the weekend.

"This is a massive honour, it's definitely up there with anything I've done in touch,'' Shuker said.

"To be awarded captain of your country ? it doesn't come along very often.''

It was a change of fortune for the popular Rockhampton touch footballer, who replaces longserving Australian captain, Brisbane's Neil Ward, after suffering a "freakish'' knee injury during CQ's thrilling 7-6 victory over his Australian team-mates on Saturday night.

Shuker collided with a brick signage board when he opened the scoring for CQ just minutes into the match.

He was taken to hospital and required eight stitches to the wound and took no further part in the carnival.

Australia went on to clinch the series 2-1 on Sunday after wins in the opening (12-6) and final (7-5) games.

CQ team-mate, Rockhampton's Daniel Withers, described the accident as "an awesome post-try celebration''.

Jokes aside, Withers said Shuker's appointment was welldeserved. Withers said Shuker was always quick to pass the praise on to his team-mates.



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