Rocky rips it up in Emerald
THEY are strong, they are talented, they are fierce and proved exactly that in their recent matches.
Warm weather offered no relief for the under-13 and under-15 Rockhampton representative sides as they took on Central Highlands in their first pre-season matches.
McIndone Park saw teams from CH and Rockhampton battle it out with CH having their Emerald home ground advantage.
CH stormed off to a strong start with a 7-0 lead after the first quarter.
"A few of the boys did some good forward work, helping secure their lead," co-coach Mike Griffin said.
Despite starting well, the CH side began showing its flaws with the Rockhampton side creeping in front.
After blistering runs from the outside centre, Rockhampton's Jack Willis broke through the tight CH defence, scoring the first points of the match for his side.
"His speed and acceleration helped him score his first try, with his second try being scored by a successful chip and chase," Griffin said.
"Jack also received the best player award by the Emerald coach."
The Rockhampton coach said their captain Thomas Davidson was another standout player for the under-15 side.
"Thomas scored after a number of pilfers and strong forward running," Griffin said.
"He was assisted by Pat Cochrane and Zac Lynam, enabling the backline to get quality ball from the inside backs."
The Rockhampton forwards took the upper hand, controlling the ball for the last half of the game.
"They finished off with quick hands after the ball was spread across the park by Josh Irwin," Griffin said.
"Lachlan Howl, Dalton Keleher and Jack Willis combined and the ball was swooped on by Brandon Barnes, allowing a brilliant try to Tyler Barnes in the final two minutes of the game.
"The final score for the under-15 game was 26-7, with Dalton (Keleher) kicking three out of four conversions," Griffin said.
In the under-13s game, Central Highlands looked to be the dominant side after scoring early in the first quarter.
The Rockhampton backline soon steadied with the young side crossing the line on numerous occasions.
The final score was 28-10 to Rockhampton.