Boomerangs make squad
TWO Bundaberg Rugby League juniors have been named in the initial state under-16 indigenous squad following the Queensland Murri Carnival.
Across The Waves under-15 players Jesse Domic and Levi Douglas are part of the 26-member representative Queensland squad following dominant performances with the Bundaberg Boomerangs in the recent Queensland Murri Carnival.
The team will be whittled down to 19 players after an international clash against a Papua New Guinea team.
The remaining players will compete against a representative New South Wales indigenous squad in the curtain raiser of the NRL Indigenous Allstars match next year.
Bundaberg Boomerangs team manager Tom Douglas said the two players worked well together and would be an asset to the Queensland squad.
"They've played football for the same team for the past few years and know each other's game pretty well," he said.
"They both have an extremely high work rate and are always prepared to go that extra mile and put in the hard yards."
During the four-day competition Boomerangs played four matches against representative indigenous teams from around Queensland.
They were knocked out of the qualifying final of the Queensland Murri Carnival by the eventual winners Townsville Walkabouts 42-0.
Levi played the team's last game of the final with a dislocated jaw after colliding with an opponent in the previous game.
The team defeated Gladstone United 26-12 in the first match, drew with the Moreton Bay Murri's 4-4 in the second and were defeated by South West United Wedge Tails 24-12 in the third.
Douglas said the Queensland Murri Carnival had been a fantastic opportunity for competitors to polish their game and bond with other indigenous football players.
"By the end of the carnival the team had really gelled and bonded and there was a great spirit there," he said.
"They got to learn a few new things about football and make some new friends in the process."
Douglas said the team had performed well, competing against larger cities and regions with limited reserves.
"The team really dug deep and while we would have liked to progress through to the finals, we're very happy with how we performed."