Suzie? leads byexample

Rugby League

By SARAH HARRISON

ANDREW "Suzie" Moroney hopes to increase his chances of representative selection with another strong performance for Tweed Heads in their game against Redcliffe Dolphins at Piggabeen Sports Complex tomorrow.

The in-form second rower is a probable selection for the Country Queensland side after an outstanding beginning to the season captaining the Gulls.

In the coming rounds, Tweed Heads takes on competition heavy-weights, North Queensland and Wynnum and coach Steve Murphy is excited about his captain's chance of playing his best against the massive forward packs in the lead-up to selection.

"Moroney's leadership has been unquestionable, and his attitude to training is paying dividends," Murphy said. "He just has to continue doing what he's currently doing and the rewards will come.

"Consistency in football is noticed, and Suzie deserves to be picked."

The Queensland Residents representative side is selected from the City versus Country game, giving added importance to Moroney's selection hopes. "It's definitely in the back of my mind," Moroney admitted. "I would love the opportunity to play, however I'm just focusing on winning the next few games at the moment.

"Captaincy this year has excited me and I've approached the role by showing my teammates what I expect of them through my actions, rather than words. That's my priority for now."

Murphy agrees that Moroney has shown great leadership through his own game. "He doesn't start yelling abuse at players when the going gets tough," Murphy said. "Instead he stands tall and increases the intensity of his own game to lift his teammates."

Murphy has named an unchanged side for tomorrow, while Redcliffe coach Anthony Griffin's big concern is his team's lack of killer instinct. The match kicks off at 3pm. n Meanwhile, in Mixwell Cup action, Tugun faces a tricky away trip to Ipswich today.



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