Members of the CQ NRL Bid U14 & U15 junior development squad teams for the Rockhampton Region, including Jack White and Lachlan Hubner. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin
Members of the CQ NRL Bid U14 & U15 junior development squad teams for the Rockhampton Region, including Jack White and Lachlan Hubner. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin Sharyn O'Neill ROK120913ssquad1

Juniors to show skills on home soil at inaugural match

LACHLAN Hubner and Jack White are eager to make their mark on Central Queensland in the CQ NRL Bid's inaugural match in the region.

The pair was yesterday named in the CQ NRL Bid under-14 and under-15 teams to play in the CQ NRL Bid's matches in CQ at Victoria Park next Sunday.

Hubner, 13, was the youngest squad member named in the under-14 team, but wasn't daunted by tackling the Northern Pride's top juniors.

"I'm excited to be in the team and play up with the under-14s," he said yesterday.

In previous years, the teams have travelled north to Townsville to take on Kirwan State High and Ignatius Park College before heading to the Gold Coast to tackle Keebra Park and Palm Beach Currumbin High school teams.

The CQU Norths Chargers youngster said he hadn't expected to be named, but was eager to impress in the matches against the Pride next weekend.

White, who will don the green and gold of St Brendan's College on Saturday for the Rockhampton Secondary Schools Year 10A grand final, said the opportunity to play in front of his friends and family was one he was excited about.

"It'll be better than playing away," White said.

"The last couple of years have been away so it'll be good to play in front of a home crowd, and they'll (his friends and family) all come out to watch the game."

Hubner and White are two of the 14 players from Rockhampton who will join others from Gladstone, Monto, Mundubbera, Clermont, Rolleston, Biloela, Middlemount, Sarina, Bundaberg and Koumala at a four-day camp at the Rockhampton Grammar School as part of their CQ NRL Bid development duties.

CQ NRL Bid CEO Denis Keeffe said: "I want to commend the sponsors of the program who have the foresight to see the vital importance of a program like this to the development of our youngsters in Central Queensland," Denis said.



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