BRAD Davis will be substituting his captaincy role with the Tweed Heads Seagulls for the captaincy of Queensland Country when his side takes on City this afternoon in Ipswich in the annual regional clash.
Davis, who also captained the Country team last year, is only one of three players in the Country side who played in the annual selection game last year and is looking forward to the challenge.
“This year we have a good mix of players from the country side in the Queensland Cup,” Davis said.
“There's plenty of talent in the team.
“We have some good forwards who should be able to provide us with a platform, so our backs can show their abilities.
“I've been pretty happy with my form recently and coach Andrew Dunemann has got the players working well together. It's always a tough match but there's plenty at stake - a spot in the Queensland Residents side against the NSW Residents in the curtain raiser to the final State Of Origin game in Brisbane.”
Country coach Dunemann, who played with the Gold Coast Seagulls in the national competition years ago, said the training camp had been fantastic and everything had “gone like clockwork”.
“Brad is a great player and a great leader and he deserves to be there on his current form,” Dunemann said.
“I think we have a side that can handle City, especially in the forwards where we have some guys who can give us lots of minutes.
“Off the bench we have some nippy players, particularly Ian Lacey who we will bring on when the big City boys get a bit tired.”
Davis isn't the only Tweed Seagulls player in the side with centre Ben Jeffery joining him.
Two other Seagulls players in Will Matthews and Daniel Conn were named in the original side but were called up for duties with the Titans in Canberra this weekend.
Ironically after last year's City-Country clash, Davis was named as captain of the Queensland Residents side, only to be called up to the Titans to make his NRL debut.
“Hopefully this year, I will make the Residents side and we will see what happens from there,” Davis said.
Duneman knows his side has a proud reputation to uphold after winning the clash last year.
“It's been a privilege to work with some of the best players in the Queensland Cup and this match should show just how much talent is in this competition,” Dunemann said.
The match will be played at Seerey Oval, Ipswich, this afternoon at 2pm and will be televised on ABC TV.
• Due to the City-Country clash, there will be no Queensland Cup matches this weekend.
1.Tom Hewitt - Central Comets 2. Ben Jeffery - Tweed Heads Seagulls 3. Karl Johnson - Central Comets 4. Rod Jensen - Northern Pride 5. Kaine Manihera - Burleigh Bears 6. Brad Davis (C) - Tweed Heads Seagulls 7. Trent Hodkinson - Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles 8. Paul Stephenson - Ipswich Jets 9. Scott Smith - Burleigh Bears 10. Aaron Summers - Central Comets 11. Mark Cantoni - Northern Pride 12. Alan Rothery - Central Comets 13. Joel Riethmuller - Northern Pride 14. Ian Lacey - Ipswich Jets 15. Dayne Weston - Mackay Cutters 16. Lorenzo Maafu - Ipswich Jets 17. Tom Humble - Northern PrideCoach: Andrew Dunemann