It’s part two of our look at QLD’s best schoolboy footy prospects.
It’s part two of our look at QLD’s best schoolboy footy prospects.

The 50: Our school stars set to shine

IT WAS another spectacular year of schoolboy football throughout Queensland in 2019 and with all the action done and dusted, The Courier-Mail has gone back through the footage to analyse 50 of the best players throughout the state.

Nic Darveniza, Andrew Dawson, and Lachlan Grey were on the ground throughout the year for the likes of the Langer Cup, the GPS Rugby, and the AIC Rugby League, and had a sideline view of some of our best teenage talents.

Their experience coupled with couriermail.com.au's exclusive livestream replays has resulted in this list of our future footballing stars.

But it's important to note - this list is not the gospel truth of which students are going to make it and which players will not.

The top 10 will be ranked, but the other 40 players are not in order and while they currently look like they have the best shot to play professionally, there are hundreds of teenagers unlucky to miss out.

We will be revealing a new list each day before concluding with the top 10 on Sunday.

In the meantime, here's the next 10 players who made a mark in 2019.

 

Tony Francis goes in for one of his many tries.
Tony Francis goes in for one of his many tries.

 

TONY FRANCIS

(Marsden SHS)

THINK Francis, think wrecking-ball. The Marsden man-mountain bulldozed his school to a state final but is still guilty of brain-fades and silly penalties at times. Ill-discipline can be fixed, however, and with North Queensland signing him on earlier this year, Francis has the potential to become a game-breaker at senior level.

 

George Blake in action for The Southport School against Ipswich Grammar. Picture: Steve Holland
George Blake in action for The Southport School against Ipswich Grammar. Picture: Steve Holland

 

GEORGE BLAKE

(The Southport School)

PROP George Blake lacked the representative credentials of many of the opposition props he faced off against each week but clearly he must have forgotten. The TSS loosehead was a sledgehammer in general play and an anchor that put his fancied opposites on rollerskates in the scrum.

 

XAVIER STOWERS

(Ipswich Grammar)

THE Queensland Under-16s No.8 led from the front for Ipswich Grammar during his Grade 11 season, laying a platform for success for talented halves Kalani Thomas and Sam Walker. He returns for school in 2020.

 

Kaleb Ngamanu (left) with his brother Cullen. Picture: Nigel Hallett
Kaleb Ngamanu (left) with his brother Cullen. Picture: Nigel Hallett

 

KALEB NGAMANU

(The Southport School)

THE younger brother of former Reds fullback Jayden Ngamanu, Kaleb's cross-code exploits in rugby union and rugby league have helped him develop into one of Queensland's most promising young talents. Ngamanu played wing and centre capably for the GPS champion school.

 

Ediq Ambrosyev on the burst for Tweed Heads in the Mal Meninga Cup grand final.
Ediq Ambrosyev on the burst for Tweed Heads in the Mal Meninga Cup grand final.

 

EDIQ AMBROSYEV

(Palm Beach Currumbin)

AMBROSYEV wasn't even meant to start for school and club this year but an injury to teammate Jed Edwards saw the hooker take his opportunity with both hands. Man of the match in Tweed Heads' Mal Meninga Cup win and PBC's top tackler in 2019, Ambrosyev has been snapped up by the Titans and should be on the Seagulls' radar for an Intrust Super Cup debut.

 

Hamish Roberts was in incredible points scoring form for The Southport School. Picture: Richard Gosling
Hamish Roberts was in incredible points scoring form for The Southport School. Picture: Richard Gosling

 

HAMISH ROBERTS

(The Southport School)

THE goalkicking, tryscoring wing extraordinaire is rare air near the top of the all-time GPS rugby points record. 11 tries and 44 goals in eight matches will do that for you.

 

LASTUS AUKAI

(St Joseph's Nudgee College)

THE Papua New Guinean-born centre's electric acceleration has caught defences off guard all year, breaking the line in every game he's played.

 

Caleb Esera celebrates after scoring a try for Wavell SHS. Picture: AAP Image/Richard Gosling
Caleb Esera celebrates after scoring a try for Wavell SHS. Picture: AAP Image/Richard Gosling

 

CALEB ESERA

(Wavell SHS)

ONE of the discoveries of the season. The rangy second rower consistently ranked among the best players each round of this year's Allan Langer Cup and helped Wavell to an unlikely QLD semi final berth in the NRL Schoolboys Cup. Devastating down the right edge, Esera and his brother Prinston are signed to Canberra Raiders.

 

SOLOMON TORRENS

(Palm Beach Currumbin)

A BIG man with a big future. Torrens has been a stalwart for Tweed Heads and Palm Beach Currumbin and was this year ruled player of the tournament at the Queensland Schoolboys State Championships. Linked to Gold Coast Titans and incoming coach Justin Holbrook would do well to keep an eye on him.

 

BBC winger Jack Bowen-Bowyer avoids the tackle of TSS flyhalf Syris Schmidt. Picture: BBC Rugby Instagram
BBC winger Jack Bowen-Bowyer avoids the tackle of TSS flyhalf Syris Schmidt. Picture: BBC Rugby Instagram

 

JACK BOWEN-BOWYER

(Brisbane Boys College)

THE nephew of legendary Cowboys fullback Matt Bowen, Bowen-Bowyer was named in BBC's team of the decade this year. The winger/fullback has signed with the Melbourne Storm in the NRL.



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