Raiders U19 team tipped to excel in trials
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
SUPPORTERS can expect a strong showing when the Gladstone Leagues Club Raiders under-19 team takes to the field for the CQ Divisional Trials at Marley Brown Oval next month.
The selectors have picked a powerful 22-man squad and coach Will Jamieson believes his team is sure to be right in the mix to win the trials.
'We have a fantastic squad on paper and I think we are good enough, particularly at home to perform very strongly,' Jamieson said.
Jamieson said the squad had depth in all areas and he was excited at the prospect of working with the most talented junior prospects in the Gladstone region.
'This is a very good bunch of players, we have some big strong forwards and the backline will be pretty powerful,' he said.
'I am really looking forward to working hard with them over the next few weeks and improving them as players.''
Jamieson added the chance to play representative football should bring the best out of his players with a number of talent scouts expected to watch the trials.
'It is another step up to play rep football and if they are wanting to play at a higher level, they will need to perform for the Raiders,' he said.
The trials will be played on April 16 and 17.
Raiders under-19 squad: Rick Gibson, Chris Jamieson, Doug Cowper, Chris Hughes (Valleys), Reede McHugh, Luke Murphy, Clayton Goldsworthy, Trent Minton, Callum Wilson, Hayden Kelly (Tannum Sands), Tim Smith, Jamie Hinchcliff, Lee MacBeath, Mitch Graving, Jason McDonald, Angus Wilson (Brothers), Robert Muller, Ken Bayley, Kelly Christensen, Rick Boynton, Aaron Wragge, Luke Warden (Biloela).