Gladstone touch siblings Matt and Megan Baker represented the Queensland Country Rustlers.
Gladstone touch siblings Matt and Megan Baker represented the Queensland Country Rustlers.

Bakers rise for Rustlers

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

WHAT is it about baker's rising to the occasion?

Well, that was the case for Gladstone touch siblings Matt and Megan Baker who starred at the recent National Touch League (NTL) tournament in Coffs Harbour.

The mercurial brother and sister duo were Gladstone's only two players in action as part of the Queensland Country Rustlers team.

Matt, 20, was in rare form, crossing for seven tries as his Rustlers open mixed line-up ended the tournament as Plate final runners-up.

"My form was pretty good down there, I was happy to play a role for the team,'' Baker said.

"To score seven tries was great, but it would have been even better if we were able to win the final (they lost 6-5) to the Southern Suns.''

Matt's form certainly caught the eye of state selectors who named him in the Queensland mixed team for August's State of Origin series.

"To get picked for the state team is always great, but it is only the start of the hard work for me now,'' he said.

Megan also had a great week, with her under-20 women's team winning their Plate final over the Cyclones 5-2.

"To win the final was nice, we played very well as a team for the tournament,'' Megan said.

Megan played a key role in a number of the Rustlers tries during the tournament and while not as prolific as Matt, her one try was savoured for a special reason.

"If you don't score a try in Coffs, you have to go for a nude run ? so luckily I scored, that saved me,'' she joked.

"But a couple of the other girls had to do it, which always gets a laugh.''

Talk about an occasion.



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