Thomas Caterson busts through the Tannum Sands defence during his side’s 26-10 win.
Thomas Caterson busts through the Tannum Sands defence during his side’s 26-10 win. Mike Richards

Young talent steps up to A grade for Roosters

TAKING the step from under 18 rugby league to the A grade level this season, Tom Caterson has noticed the difference.

The speed is quicker, the hits are harder and the fitness needed much higher.

But the 18-year-old is far from being left behind.

Playing for the Calliope Roosters, Caterson is among a squad dense with young talent, all making the journey together.

Notching their second win of the year over the weekend against Tannum Sands Seagulls, Calliope gained a vital boost of confidence, which Caterson hopes will push more of the players to get to training.

"It is good. We are trying to get more to training to get consistent," he said.

Having played rugby league for 12 years now, Caterson has no determined ambitions of making the big time, so becoming competitive for the title is a goal.

A Broncos fan, he has seen his team play in many grand finals, but knows the job of playing in one himself for Calliope this season will be a tough challenge.

"We will make the finals but Brothers and Valleys are the ones to watch," he said.

Calliope vs. Tannum Sands:

U18 - Tannum Sands 50 d Calliope 4

Reserves - Tannum Sands 16 d Calliope 4

A grade - Calliope 26 d Tannum Sands 10



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