Ready to fire
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
EXPECT plenty of fireworks when the Gladstone Leagues Club Raiders under-19 representative team contest tomorrow's divisional trials at Marley Brown Oval.
Coach Will Jamieson has picked a strong squad which will be captained by Biloela lock Aaron Wragge.
Jamieson is happy with the squad and believes his players are ready to put their hand up with a number of Central Queensland Capras jumpers on offer.
"The boys have been training hard and we are confident of our chances to play well,'' Jamieson said.
"Their dedication at training has been a feature and I believe all our players are a chance to play for the Capras this season.''
The Raiders team looks very strong on paper with a number of strengths including a tough, forward pack which is backed up by a clutch of classy backs.
Halves combination Trent Minton and Chris Jamieson have formed an electric partnership and the likes of Rick Gibson, Chris Hughes and Mitch Graving out wide have plenty of tries in them.
An ankle injury to big prop Doug Cowper is set to delay the final makeup of the forwards, with Biloela's Luke Warden expected to come off the bench to start if Cowper is ruled out.
Jamieson has guaranteed all 19 players will get the same amount of game-time, saying it is crucial every player has a genuine shot of making the Capras side.
"They are a great bunch of kids and my role as coach is to improve them as players so they are a chance of playing for CQ,'' he said.
Jamieson is unsure about the make-up of their Central Highlands and Rockhampton opponents, but is sure his team has got what it takes to play well.
Gladstone Raiders under-19 side: Rick Gibson, Rob Muller, Chris Hughes, James Hinchcliffe, Mitch Graving, Chris Jamieson, Trent Minton, Luke Murphy, Tim Smith, Doug Cowper, Jason McDonald, Callum Wilson, Aaron Wragge, Clayton Goldsworthy, Luke Warden, Reede McHugh, Kelly Christensen, Angus Wilson, Ken Bayley, Rick Boynton. Also Pre-season Final preview in tomorrow's Observer.