Sth West boys see ocean for the first time
STATE championships can mean many different things for different players.
For some of the South West region's players at this week's QRL State Junior Championships in Rockhampton it was a chance to stand on a beach for the first time in their lives.
South West division junior president Glyn Rees said this was a "life experience'' for many players.
On the football field South West has enjoyed mixed fortunes over the years and it's no wonder with the tyranny of distance and the population density always working against them compared to areas like Southern and South-East.
Players, and their parents, travel thousands of kilometres just to play with team members scat- tered from Toowoomba to Charleville.
These are big challenges which are all met with a passion as the South West's young players try to follow in the footsteps of the NRL heroes, and for- mer South West juniors, like Darren Lockyer, Carl Webb and Shane Webcke.
In yesterday's play, South West under-13's scored a 22-4 win over Central while their under- 14 and under-16 teams suffered 20-18 and 38-10 losses to Central respectively.