GYMPIE Junior Rugby League’s localised Sunday competition is producing more than its fair share of representative talent.
Junior players Joe Chapman, Hayden Heilbronn, Rowan Jardine, Henry Condon and Tino Faasuamalealli have all drawn on their experience in the competition to earn selection in the Wide Bay Under 11 schoolboys side.
Gympie Junior Rugby League publicity officer Celine Jackson was delighted with the selection announcement.
“I think it’s some kind of record to have that number of players chosen for Wide Bay duties,” she said.
“The club is very proud and I think it highlights how our club’s own competition is of a strong standard and helping these young players really develop.”
The five boys were selected following Wide Bay trials in Hervey Bay last weekend, where they played for Gympie.
The Gympie team was not among the winners at the end of the carnival but put in a quality showing against some of Wide Bay’s brightest junior league talent.
A sixth player was also marked early on for possible inclusion in the Wide Bay team – Callum McClay – but he unfortunately narrowly missed the cut.
“Callum came very close to making the team but just missed out,” Jackson said.
With the standard of players so high, selectors agonised over their decision.
The Wide Bay team now heads to the State Championships later in the year for a much bigger challenge.
Jackson, however, is confident the Wide Bay stars can rise to the occasion.
“We have seen so much improvement in the players this year,” she said.