A force on the field
GLADSTONE Touch players have played a fair part in seeing the State’s dominance over NSW continue on the sporting field.
Queensland won the series in a sweet 3-nil whitewash, in a portent of what was to come in the NRL version. Coach Laurie Anno has more Australian jerseys for touch `than there are days in the week, but he still gets a sense of pride when chosen to represent his country in the sport he loves.
The opening game was a 4-1 victory, followed by two 6-1 wins.
“It’s very serious, it’s like the rugby league – full-on – and it does get fiery,” Anno said.
The coach said the team became a well-oiled machine in a short space of time before the series got underway.
“We had three training sessions before to get everyone to bond and they gelled really well,” the coach said. From the series, the Australian side is selected, and of the 14 selected for the Australian team to play New Zealand in October, 12 were Queenslanders, with four of those hailing from the Gladstone region.
Anno, Fred Roeser and Linden Finlay were chosen, along with Jimmy Radloff in the 27s.
Roeser said it was an honour to be selected in the Australian team.
“I felt pretty confident of getting in after the way I played,” Roeser said. “I’m looking forward to beating the Kiwis.”
A touch player all his life, Anno is now also a nationally-accredited referee.