Rockwheeler Monty is keen for match-up with brother Corey
THERE'S more at stake for Frenchville Rockwheelers youngster Monty Lawton than just a wheelchair basketball tournament.
Along with his Frenchville Rockwheelers teammates, the 13-year-old left Rockhampton at midnight last night headed for the Sunshine Coast to contest the 2014 Suncoast Spinners Wheelchair basketball tournament.
One of two able-bodied competitors allowed in each team, Lawton and the Rockwheelers take on Coffs Harbour and Roller Blaze in their first two B-grade matches this morning, before the match Lawton was looking forward to most.
In their third-round match, the Rockwheelers take on the Queensland junior team - Roaring Thunder - featuring none other than Lawton's older brother, Corey.
Joining Corey in the Thunder team are fellow Central Queenslanders Ben Lorimer, Dylan Robinson, Matthew Lodewikus and Keegan McCluskey.
Monty has been playing wheelchair basketball for three years, in order to spend more time with wheelchair-bound Corey, 16, and for another, equally important reason.
"I play for the fun of it," said Monty, who also plays rugby league for Rockhampton Brothers.
"It is really fun.
"Because he (Corey) can't play footy, it's something we can play together."
There will be no love lost between the brothers on court. Corey is already talking up the chances of his team.
"He tries to talk it up," Monty said with a laugh.
"I'll take it easy in the first two games, so I can smash him in the next."
2014 Suncoast Spinners Wheelchair basketball tournament
Today, tomorrow and Sunday at Sippy Downs on the Sunshine Coast.
Two teams from Rockhampton, the Frenchville Rockwheelers are competing in the A-grade and B-grade divisions.