Bundy duo hope to impress in trial match at Salter Oval
FEBRUARY 6 can't come quick enough for Bundaberg's Cody Maughan and Kyle Laybutt who play for the North Queensland Cowboys.
Both players, who represented the Holden Cup squad this year, are hoping they can play in front of their family and friends when the team takes on the Broncos next year at Salter Oval.
They represent two of the five Bundaberg players that play for both the Cowboys and Broncos.
Coen Hess and Patrick Kaufusi, who play for the Cowboys, and Lachlan Lanskey from the Broncos are the others in their respective teams.
For Laybutt, who recently signed a new deal after graduating from the Holden Cup, his original focus was playing in the Auckland Nines and replicating what the team did in 2014 when they won the title.
Now the trial has been announced though, his mind has changed.
"At the start of the off season, I was aiming for the Auckland Nines, but now with the Bundaberg trial I'm happy to play either," Laybutt said.
"I'd love to play home though in front of my family and friends."
Maughan, who made his debut in Holden Cup this year against New Zealand, says it will be great for the area to host the match.
"The match is great for the community in Bundaberg. I hope I get picked," he said.
For both players, who are avid Broncos fans, the Grand Final this year was an interesting experience.
At the start, despite their club loyalty, they were going for Brisbane to win.
By the end of the game though, as it went to golden point, they were cheering home their club.
"After about 60 minutes in we were hoping for the Cowboys to win. We changed our minds as we wanted Thurston and the team to win though," Laybutt said.
"At full-time, when Thurston had the goal to win, we were on the edge of our seats and thought he kicked it when he took the shot."
When the Cowboys eventually won, with a field goal in golden point, the two players were ecstatic for their club.
"We were cheering real loud when they won the game," Laybutt said.
"As we live together in Townsville, the whole city was beeping their cars, and yelling out go Cowboys when they won."
Now with the boys in their off-season, they have come back to Bundaberg, and presented awards last night at the state high school dinner.
"It's good to get back to the area, hang with your mates, and come back to the school to reward those who have done well," Maughan said.