John Bidgood bursts through the Gladstone defence.
John Bidgood bursts through the Gladstone defence.

Zone?s champs for Origin

By AARON KELLY ? CENTRAL Queenslanders have reserved a place at this year's State of Origin spectacle.

CQ Capras teams ended their QRL Divisional Carnival campaigns on a winning note at Rockhampton's Browne Park yesterday.

The Capras under-19 side was crowned Northern Zone champion after a powerful 44-10 victory against Wide Bay.

Gladstone's Mitch Graving and Biloela dynamo Kelly Christensen crossed for doubles after the home side led 16-6 at half-time.

In the under-17 match, the Capras were also impressive 40-28 winners over Wide Bay.

Big prop Dave Taylor was at his damaging best and further enhanced his Queensland selection claims with a hat-trick.

Capras players are expected to dominate selection in Northern Queensland teams to be named today.

Northern and Southern representative teams will play off next month for selection to play State of Origin curtain-raisers.

Meanwhile, a CQU Norths Chargers connection steered the Rockhampton A-grade side to another CQ title, beating arch-rival Gladstone 32-14 yesterday.

Leading 10-4 at half-time, the hosts stepped up a gear after the break with flying full-back Bradley Cameron scoring two tries.

Cameron's Chargers team-mates Paul Albury, Aaron Benson and Luke Scott also found the tryline.

The Capras A-grade squad will be selected following the annual City versus Country trial at Browne Park on June 4.

The QRL Divisional Open Carnival kicks off in Gladstone on June 11.



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