Paul O?Shea?s first appearance for the Country Kookaburras has led to State selection.
Paul O?Shea?s first appearance for the Country Kookaburras has led to State selection.

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.



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