Gladstone football duo makes Queensland teams
DYLAN Walz and Xavier Townsend dreamed of making Queensland Country teams when they went away to a trial camp in Townsville, but coming out of it they were not sure if they had done enough to be selected.
It was not that the Gladstone duo didn't play or train well - they just knew how tough the competition was.
But now that doubt has been forgotten; Walz and Townsend picked to play in the National Youth Championships.
The CQ Mariners pair have until September 28 to prepare, when they will hea d to Coffs Harbour.
The Queensland Country teams take on country and city teams from each state and territory, something Walz is looking forward to.
He said the training camp had helped him more than he expected.
"It was strategy and the mental things that I learnt that improved my skills," he said.
"The drills were more complex and the intensity was higher."
Townsend found the same thing; the intensity was higher than anything he had experienced before.
The goalkeeper was part of a regime which saw all of the glovemen working extra hours with a specific coach at the camp.
The 13-year-old said he couldn't wait to step up and show off his new skills on the national level.
But he is glad he has two months to prepare for such a big occasion.
"It is going to be fun, but everything is coming so quickly, all this happened only in a few weeks," he said.
Walz will play for the under-13 Queensland Country team while Townsend is one of two keepers for the under-14s, both boys finding out this week about the selection.