O'Shea picked for State Aussie rules squad
By RACHAEL BORICH
GRACEMERE'S Paul O'Shea has kicked into an unexpected predicament after his surprise se- lection in the Queensland un- der-18 Australian Football team.
Off the field you couldn't find a more laid-back person than O'Shea.
However, his on-field high work rate in the ruck was a standout for the Country Kooka- burras at last week's State titles in Brisbane.
The 16-year-old, standing at 191cm, is rated a player of the fu- ture with still another year in the under-18 division.
"I was pretty small, there were some giants down there,'' he said.
Brisbane club Morningside al- ready wants O'Shea to relocate to pursue his Australian Football talent but he is also weighing up finishing his carpenter appren- ticeship in Gracemere.
"I'm not sure what I'll do yet. "I'll maybe stay here for a while, at least,'' O'Shea said.
This selection is a break- through for O'Shea, the only member in his family to play this football code. O'Shea also plays a bit of rugby league for Brothers under-17s, cricket, was a Queens- land schoolboys medallist for long jump, and has a hit of golf.
"I don't really try too hard, but now Frag (AFL Capricornia de- velopment manager Brett Fragia- como) will make me work.''
One of three Country Kooka- burras in the Queensland team, O'Shea heads to Brisbane this weekend for an orientation camp before entering a new world of football at the nationals in Mel- bourne during May.