Michael plays way into Qld Country team
OZTAG: Yeppoon coach Krystal Beath says Michael Reddiex is the complete oztag player.
"He reads play very, very well and has great ball-handling skills,” she says of the teenager who captained the Yeppoon under-14 boys team at the recent 2017 Junior State Cup.
"In attack and defence, he's very good. He's a fantastic all-round player.”
State selectors clearly agree with Beath's assessment, naming Reddiex in the Queensland Country Mavericks for the inaugural Tri-Series to be played on the Sunshine Coast in June.
The event will see 24 divisions of juniors and seniors competing in three teams - the Mavericks, the Queensland City Centurions and the Queensland Barbarians.
Rockhampton fielded six teams at the State Cup, with 15 of its players named in either the Mavericks or Barbarians teams.
Reddiex has been playing oztag for six years and his most recent selection means he has represented Queensland in four of them.
"The Tri-Series is going to be tough but we'll certainly try to come away with a win,” he said.
Reddiex followed his older brothers into the sport and quickly found his place in the centres.
"You need good ball work, good communication and to be a team player in that position. You're really in the thick of it for the whole game,” he said.
"I like defending and tagging and making new friends on and off the field.”
Reddiex now has his sights set on making the Australian team when he turns 16.
His sporting talents are not limited to the oztag field; he also plays rugby league and touch and has recently started indoor cricket.
14 boys, Country: Michael Reddiex
10 girls, Country: Shania Shaw, Charlotte Corley
10 boys, Country: Ethan McAlister. Barbarians: Vesi Luva, Kye Corley
11 girls, Barbarians: Maddison Newton
12 girls, Country: April Harris
13 boys, Barbarians: William Arnold
13 girls, Country: Ellie Reck, Alecksis Manimtim. Barbarians: Amelia Stanke, Mia Manu
15 girls, Country: Maddison Riedy. Barbarians: Prue Peters, Amy Cowie, Hayley Hoffman