South breeds league stars

THE South Coast of Queensland continues to be a strong breeding ground for rugby league if the results from the Queensland under-15 titles are anything to go by.

The South Coast team ventured to Mackay as defending champions of a competition which saw various regions and metropolitan sides go up against each other earlier this month.

For the second year in a row, the South Coast claimed the title after going through undefeated.

The side downed Capricornia 24-18 in its opening clash, then had a close, hard-fought win over Sunshine Coast 12-10 and backed up to thump Northern (Queensland) 42-0.

In the final, South Coast came up against the highly fancied Metro North side and downed the city boys 12-4 to win the title.

Spokesman for the side, Palm Beach Currumbin sports co-ordinator Aaron Zimmerle said that of the 19 person squad, 12 players were then selected for Queensland representative sides to contest the national championships which will be played in Adelaide in June.

“Five players were chosen for the Queensland Maroon side and seven were picked for the Queensland White team, which was an outstanding result for South Coast,” Zimmerle said.

“One of our students, Sam Harold, 15, a lock forward who plays for Tugun in club rugby league as well as the Harold Matthews, was named the player of the tournament and was an immediate selection in the Queensland Maroon side.

Fullback Jahrome Hughes (Bilambil), also made the Maroons while hooker Karne Rhodes (South Tweed) made the White side.

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