TOP PICKS: Junior representative players Ben Dempsey, 15 and Josh Brown, 16 made their debuts for the Mudcrabs AFL A-grade team.
TOP PICKS: Junior representative players Ben Dempsey, 15 and Josh Brown, 16 made their debuts for the Mudcrabs AFL A-grade team. Christopher Chan GLAAFLL

Young guns kicking on with Mudcrabs A-grade side

THERE are two young faces opposition players will have to watch out for on the field this season in the AFL Capricornia competition.

Ben Dempsey, 15, and Josh Brown, 16, played their first A-grade match for the Gladstone Mudcrabs on May 11.

Assistant coach Mick Larkins had been pushing for the boys to get a run and said they both played well, with the side defeating the Rockhampton Brothers.

"It's a good opportunity, it's a different experience for them," he said.

Brown said he enjoyed the competitiveness of A-grade.

Dempsey said: "It's just a mind-set to get up there and get ready. You had to really get your kicks right."

The high standard of play is nothing new to both players, who have been training with the club's top side for more than a year and play rep football.

Brown was chosen for the under-16 Queensland team this year and Dempsey made the Queensland Country team last year, as well as the 2013 squad for the Gold Coast Suns Talent Academy.

Dempsey will play in the under-15 Schoolboys State Championships in Dalby from May 23 to 27.

With the team's new players starting to blend in well, 2013 looks like a promising season for the Gladstone Mudcrabs.

Larkins said: "They're all working more as a team. So, hopefully there'll be a few more wins on the board."



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