Payne ready for rep role
GLENMORE Bulls young gun Toby Payne is ready to take his game to the next level.
Payne, 18, was "all over the park'' in the Bulls' 13-7-85 to 11-975 triumph over the Panthers in round three of the Trend Interiors/Carpet Court AFL Capricornia 2006 Premiership.
In front of a bumper crowd at the Rockhampton Cricket Grounds on Saturday night, the Bulls hung on for a thrilling win after a determined fightback from the home side.
The Bulls laid the foundation for victory in the second term when they outscored their traditional rivals by 33 points.
However, the Panthers narrowed the gap in the third to be within 10 points and then twice drew within one point in the final quarter.
The Bulls contingent of second-generation youngsters, led by Payne, Ben Tickner and Aaron and Zac Russell, all played a key role in the match.
"We had to fight for it,'' said two-goal hero Payne yesterday, who has been named in the Capricornia A-grade squad for this weekend's representative clash against Bundaberg/Wide Bay in Rockhampton.
Payne, now in his fourth year of A-grade, said he was enjoying his footy more this season and would love the chance to play representative footy.
"It's good fun having a kick with your mates,'' he said.
"I've got a bit more responsibility and leadership on the field.''
Centre halfback Ben Janetski and Dane Morrish, playing in the forward pocket, also starred for Glenmore while Panthers big men Chris Heaslip and Steve Alley, along with Clinton Evans, Tom Kneen and Jason Chisolm, were the best for the black and white brigade.