Reaping riches of CQ country

JONO Bradbury capped off a long season with another accolade when named the “Best and Fairest” for the Queensland Country team after the annual clash with City at the weekend.

Bradbury was not the only local player to make a name for himself with three players from Frenchville Pioneers, Ashley Kris, Tristan Saunders and Angus Dorante, all playing their part in ground-breaking victories.

Bradbury was selected in the Hutchinson Builders Country Heelers team that met a Brisbane XV, causing a major boilover by winning 40-33.

Chairman of Central Queensland Rugby Union Ian Coombe was thrilled by the outcome.

“It was the first time the Country team has beaten City for as long as I can remember,” he said.

The season has been a tough one for Bradbury.

It all began at the tail end of 2008 as the Brahmans began their pre-season work.

Bradbury then captained that team in the Hutchinson Builders Queensland State Cup campaign which saw the local players compete against the best in the state.

Following the Brahmans campaign Bradbury played in the club competition with University, making it to the grand final.

Brahmans coach Jack Lloyd junior was not surprised Bradbury received his award.

“He's been a stand out for the Brahmans and so representative football just comes naturally,” he said.

“The guy is just a workhorse both on and off the field.”

Lloyd was also pleased to hear three young players had impressed in age-group teams at the carnival.

“It's good, hopefully it shows there is plenty of talent in the area,” he said.

Ashley Kris was a part of the Brahmans plans early in the last campaign but withdrew and Lloyd would like to see the young player provide the commitment required to play in the open-age team.

“He has got an enormous amount of talent, if he applied himself he could be anything he wanted to be,” Lloyd added.

Also performing well for Country was scrum half Jacob Rauluni.

The Central Highlands star has good credentials having played for Queensland Reds and represented Fiji in almost 50 international matches.

Kris and Saunders were members of an under-19 Country that thrashed a Queensland Suburban team 39-15.

The Suburban team was hoping its pack would lead it to victory but once Country got on top they got their backs into play and the tries started to come.

Leading the way were Kris and Saunders who managed to score two apiece as Country went on the rampage.

Playing at fullback in the under-15 Country team against City was Angus Dorante who scored all the points for the side in a 13-5 win.

Dorante opened the scoring with a try after he capitalised on a mistake by City to toe the ball downfield and then race 50 metres to score next to the posts.

He then added two penalties late in the match to secure the victory.

The youngster's reward for his outstanding display was selection for the Queensland under-15 team to meet New South Wales and ACT at Sydney next weekend.

The Pioneers' young star has also gained selection to a national side and is named in the Indigenous under-16 team to play at the National Championships which is to be played at Sydney's St Ignatious College.

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