STAND-OUT PLAYER: David Munns goes over for a try for the Indigenous team against Rockhampton in the Under-20s division.
STAND-OUT PLAYER: David Munns goes over for a try for the Indigenous team against Rockhampton in the Under-20s division. Megan Lewis

CQ players into Men's Open

CENTRAL Queensland touch players put up a fight for attention on the weekend for their shot to be selected for the Central Queensland team that plays in the Nationals at Kawana next year.

The Regional Championships saw most of the Rockhampton teams come out on top, with teams travelling from Gladstone, Bundaberg and Emerald.

From the 30 teams that played only 11 teams were formed and this year marks the first year that players will represent Central Queensland.

Standout players Daniel Withers and Mitchell Smith were both selected to play for the Open Men's team.

Gavin Shuker, Australian Open Men's captain, said the competition went extremely well with locals putting up a good show.

“The majority of Rockhampton players made the Open Men's team,” he said.

“The Under-20s will also be a good side because it is a blend of Rockhampton, Emerald, Gladstone and Bundaberg players.”

He said he was particularly pleased with the progress of the Gladstone teams which played in good form.

Locals Terry Etherden and Robert Doherty were also selected fore the Over-30 Men's.

The teams will have their first training camp in December 5 and 6, then again in January before the Nationals.

The teams include the Under-20s Men and Women, Open Men and Women, Senior mix, and Over-40s Men and Women.

The trials also served as selections for the Central Queensland Indigenous team.

The team will play exhibition games against the Australian Open Men's and CQ Open Men's team on December 12.

The teams will play at Cyril Connell Fields.

Touch Football Association's John Fitzgerald said the Rocky Indigenous team was the unexpected team that took down the Rocky team at eight-seven.

And only in the last 30 seconds in the game did they seal their victory.

David Munn from St Brendan's was the standout player in the Under-20s Indigenous team, who scored the winning try with an intercept.

Rockhampton's Tristan Saunders, Lucas Fry and Anthony Raymond were also selected to play for the Central Queensland Indigenous team.



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