AUSTRALIAN under-20 men's player Lachlan Hoch reckons Rockhampton will continue to produce national stars.
Rockhampton product Hoch and his Queensland Country Outlaws teammates were at Cyril Connell Touch Fields on Saturday for a Bulls clinic, which attracted 170 junior touch footballers.
After a gruelling post-clinic training session, the Outlaws tackled a Central Queensland invitational team in a thrilling exhibition match.
While the Outlaws managed the win, there was not much separating the teams.
CQ player/coach Mitchell Smith was a standout in the team, while a host of youngsters, including Jake Standen, shone during the match.
The final result didn't matter as the match served its purpose - to finetune the Outlaws' game ahead of the 2015 National Touch League Elite 8s tournament.
"They (CQ) were putting a few on us," Hoch said.
"There were a few young guys in that team, and Mitch Smith, who were going real well.
"(Former CQ and Australian players) Phil Gyemore and Gavin Shuker refer to CQ as the nursery because everyone starts here and comes down to Brisbane to do uni.
"The region seems to continue to produce Australian players and I reckon there's a few more blokes who will be featuring in Australian teams in not too long."
Hoch, his brother Cormac Hoch, James Baartz, James Western and Tamika Upton will turn their attention towards representing Australia under-20s in the Youth Trans Tasman Trophy tournament at Cronulla on January 16-18.
Gladstone youngster and Outlaws squad member Justin Cridland, and Rocky's Damon Moore will pull on the green and gold and take on New Zealand under-18s at the tournament.
Earlier on Saturday at the Bulls Clinic for 12-17 year olds, Hoch said he and his Outlaws teammates couldn't believe their eyes at the turnout.
"It was a good day - it was just unreal to see that many kids there," said Hoch, who is studying a construction management degree at QUT.
"There were that many people keen to get down there and have a run around I heard they were knocking people back."