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Players to Watch at the Queensland Secondary School Rugby League carnival

Easts player Zack Lamont Meninga Cup under 18 club rugby league match between home team Brisbane Tigers and Redcliffe. Saturday March 27, 2021 (Photo : John Gass)
Easts player Zack Lamont Meninga Cup under 18 club rugby league match between home team Brisbane Tigers and Redcliffe. Saturday March 27, 2021 (Photo : John Gass)

Players to Watch at the Queensland Secondary School Rugby League carnival

Author : Andrew Dawson Quest Newspapers

Queensland’s future maroons will be at the Queensland Secondary School Rugby League championships from today. So who are key Players to Watch?

Easts player Zack Lamont Meninga Cup under 18 club rugby league match between home team Brisbane Tigers and Redcliffe. Saturday March 27, 2021. Picture, John Gass

Queensland’s future Maroons will be on show across the next four days as a majority of the code’s elite muster for the Queensland Secondary School Rugby League championships.

The years 14-15 and years 16-18 title will be staged at Kawana, culminating in finals’ day on Tuesday.

The www.couriermail.com.au will cover both the age group grand finals.

So many of the greats like Allan Langer, Greg Inglis, Dale Shearer and Steve Renouf have passed through this competition.

The competing regions are Capricornia, Darling Downs, Metropolitan East, Metropolitan North, Metropolitan West, Northern, Peninsula, South Coast, South Coast Maroon, South West, Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay.

So who are some key Players to Watch?

Seth McGilvary and Ethan RobertsSeth McGilvary and Ethan Roberts

CAPRICORNIA

Jai Hansen (The Cathedral College (Rockhampton)

Thomas Powell (The Cathedral College, Rockhampton)

Seth McGilvray (The Cathedral College (Rockhampton)

Hansen is match hardened after an outstanding Meninga Cup campaign with the Capras, and along with McGilvray helped engineer Capras excellent under 18 season. Powell is a proven front rower.

Langer Cup: PBC host St Mary's Toowoomba at Burleigh Bears Rugby League Club at Pizzey Park Miami. St marys Xavier Va'a wrapped up by PBC's Ezra Ulbadino. Picture Glenn HampsonLanger Cup: PBC host St Mary’s Toowoomba at Burleigh Bears Rugby League Club at Pizzey Park Miami. St marys Xavier Va’a wrapped up by PBC’s Ezra Ulbadino. Picture Glenn Hampson

DARLING DOWNS

Xavier Va’a (St Mary’s College Toowoomba)

Kelly Shadlow (Toowoomba Grammar School)

Riley Wockner (St Mary’s College Toowoomba)

All three come off the Meninga Cup season, with front rowers Va’a and Shadlow matching it with the best. The multiskilled Wockner will also provide spark to the side.

East player Zack Lamont Meninga Cup under 18 club rugby league match between home team Brisbane Tigers and Redcliffe. Saturday March 27, 2021. Picture, John GassEast player Zack Lamont Meninga Cup under 18 club rugby league match between home team Brisbane Tigers and Redcliffe. Saturday March 27, 2021. Picture, John Gass

MET EAST

Dominic Sandow (Marsden SHS)

Zack Lamont (Anglican Church Grammar School)

Cassius Crowley (Marsden SHS)

Sandow has raw talent to burn while halves Zack Lamont (Easts Tigers) and Cassius Crowley (Seagulls) shone with their respective clubs in Meninga Cup and should benefit from a hard working pack lead by Chris Faagutu and Kienan Tempest. Also watch for Will Semu, a younger player in the squad.

Watch for this rooke from Marsden SHS Will Semu. (Image/Josh Woning)Watch for this rooke from Marsden SHS Will Semu. (Image/Josh Woning)

MET NORTH

Prinston Esera (Wavell SHS)

Jayden Smith (Wavell SHS)

Drew Timms (Wavell SHS)

Esera is a Rolls Royce of centres who has added size to his frame this season. Brandon Smith’s young brother Jayden Smith and Drew Timms are both goers which every side needs, while the only three non-Wavell SHS players in the 19 member squad, Liam Le Blanc (St Joseph’s Nudgee College), Angus Hinchey (The Gap SHS) and Tory Bath (St Joseph’s Nudgee College) will be hungry.

Kulikefu Finefeuiaki, Ipswich SHS. PICTURE: Brad FleetKulikefu Finefeuiaki, Ipswich SHS. PICTURE: Brad Fleet

MET WEST

Thomas Luhrman (Ipswich SHS)

Josiah Pahulu (Ipswich SHS)

Kulikefu Finefeuiaki (Ipswich SHS)

It is hard to bypass the Ipswich SHS trio, but there are numerous players of interest as their teammates. Denzel Samoa (Forest Lake SHS) is an elite talent, baby of the squad Michael Waqa (Brisbane Boys’ College) is a huge front row prospect while Will Sullivan (Ipswich Grammar School) is a powerhouse.

NORTHERN

Ragarive Wavik (Kirwan SHS)

Dudley Dotoi (Kirwan SHS)

Will Latu (Kirwan SHS)

Hold onto your hats. The Wavik-Dotoi show has come to town. It is difficult not to be romanced by raw ability of this dynamic duo. But also watch for mobile forward Will Latu.

PENINSULA

Tyreece Ahmat (St Andrews Catholic College)

Tuvaka Palu (St Augustine’s College)

Billy Vincent (St Augustine’s College)

Centres Ahmat and Palu have skill to burn while hooker Billy Vincent will bring his pack onto the ball while being creative himself.

SOUTH COAST

Deine Mariner in action. Picture: Scott Powick NewscorpDeine Mariner (Palm Beach Currumbin SHS)

Jye Grey (The Southport School)

Kaleb NgamanuThe Southport School

It is a case of take your pick when it comes to talent from the South Coast. Old favorites Tom weaver, Blake Mozer and Oskar Bryant will cause drama from go to woe. But for a slightly different take on things, I nominated the three above, with young Grey eager to make up for lost time after only playing in two Meninga Cup games for Burleigh.

Wavell’s Prinston EseraWavell’s Prinston Esera

SOUTH COAST MAROONS

Caleb Gould-Waiariki (Coombabah SHS)

Salaso’o Soi (Keebra Park SHS)

Gould will be a real spark for the maroons while Salaso’o Soi has ramped up his training to such a degree, he is now in contention for the Keebra Park SHS Langer Cup side.

SOUTH WEST

Matthew Williams (Roma State College)

William Pascoe (Chinchilla SHS)

Blake Mills (Cunnamulla SS)

From the famous rugby league town of Roma, Williams is a footballer through and through who will organise his team nicely from the back while injecting himself into the play when he can. Bookends William Pascoe (Chinchilla SHS) and Blake Mills (Cunnamulla SS) will get the job done.

Redcliffe SHS forward leader Matthew Bennett.Redcliffe SHS forward leader Matthew Bennett

SUNSHINE COAST

Blake Woodford (Maroochydore SHS)

Mason Peut (Mountain Creek SHS).

Matthew Bennett (Redcliffe SHS)

Woodford was outstanding for the Sunshine Coast Falcons in the Meninga Cup alongside team mate Harry Dwyer and try-scoring machine Mason Peut (Mountain Creek SHS). But also watch for the work rate of Bennett

WIDE BAY

Bradley Shorter (Bundaberg SHS)

Bodie Torr (Gympie SHS)

Wynnum player Kienan Tempest (marsden SHS) will play for Met East. Picture, John GassWynnum player Kienan Tempest (marsden SHS) will play for Met East. Picture, John Gass

Some exciting 14-15 years talent includes Sam Longobardi, Ray Puru, Jett Bryce, Tyler Brimblecombe, Nixon Pasese, Mark Nosa, Bailey Trew, Frank Goldsburg, Ricardo Burns, Tom Fry and Lycian King-Togia, among others.

Goldsburg from Wynnum has huge wraps while St Mary’s again have great talent in Burns and Fry, a halfback, while Dalby’s King-Togia dominates Toowoomba football.

Nosa, from Marsde SHS via Easts Carina, already has a Tiger NRL contract.

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