Four Bundy students join NZ win
DEDICATION, skill and preparation all played their part, but it was an almost telepathic knowledge of each other’s game that helped four Bundaberg State High School students soar to Queensland glory.
Since they were too young to tackle, Zac Bainbridge, Tom Kronk, Tyran Stebhens and Braydon Schulte have been roaming together on the touch football fields.
But no prior accomplishment compared to starring for Queensland in last weekend’s landslide win over New Zealand’s Counties Manukau in the Tri Series on the Gold Coast.
Bainbridge captained the Maroons to a series sweep while Kronk, the vice-captain, was voted player of the series and players’ player.
Tom’s mum Terri Gilbert said the connection between the four helped each other and the Queensland team.
“They can throw a ball one-handed and hit each other on the chest every time,” she said.
“They know how each other play and you can see the connection when they play together, they’re in a different zone than everyone else on the field.”
Together the Under-14s Across the Waves players have been gathering twice a week to do sprint training with Gilbert.
“It’s really helped our game, getting together and sprinting, everyone has gained speed,” Bainbridge said.
“It helps playing together too, especially in representative teams where you are playing with strangers.
“It’s good to play with three other guys that you have grown up with and played with your whole life.”