Duo make Aussie rules side
GUN Gympie AFL players Lachlan Hall and Ben Stubbs have been selected to play in the Queensland country team to contest the Queensland state titles.
The two were picked earlier this year from the Wide Bay under-12s.
Lachlan played soccer for six years before joining the Gympie Cool Cats' under-10 comp in 2010.
He then played Gympie Cats U12s, a year above his age group, learning the basics of the game. The U12 team was part of the Sunshine Coast division and won the U12 division 2 premiership.
This year, Lachlan has played for the Gympie Cats U12s and made the Gympie zone selection for both touch football and AFL, making the possible and probables in touch.
In AFL he made Wide Bay, to compete at the state titles at Southport on the Gold Coast. Queensland is divided into school regions for this carnival: six country and six metropolitan.
Lachlan was named vice-captain of the Wide Bay team for the state titles, most valuable player in his team in game one, and runner-up most valuable player for the whole carnival for his team.
Two teams were then selected in the Queensland state titles: a Queensland country team and a Queensland state team.
Lachlan and Ben were selected in the Queensland country team. Four boys from Gympie were selected in the Wide Bay AFL team: the other two were Josh Hawksworth and Eli Lovell.
Ben has been playing AFL since the under-10s, where he was awarded fairest and best.
He has played U12s for the Gympie Cats since 2010 and was this year selected in Wide Bay and then the Queensland Country team.
He has also played touch and rugby league for Gympie zone. Ben also played baseball for Brisbane North in the Queensland Little League competition in April and his team were the champions. He went on to play for Queensland in the national titles last month. Ben is off to China this month to play in an Asian Tournament.
Later this year, with two other Gympie boys - Eli Lovell and Max Edwards - Ben will play softball in the Queensland School Boys' competition.