NW dominates Outback side

MOUNT Isa has dominated selection for the Queensland Outback Teams, with 19 players from the region selected following the NRL Development Queensland Outback Junior Challenge at Barcaldine at the weekend.

The Cloncurry Eagles were also well represented, with five players making the grade following impressive performances.

The best junior footballers in the region made up the Northern Outback team, which challenged the Southern Outback team across both under-14s and 16s.

The under-14s were triumphant in both their encounters, winning the first game 40-20 before backing up to win the second game 20-0.

Under 16s won in similarly dominant fashion, trouncing their southern rivals 54-16.

Dylan Auld (Black Stars), Cerion Botha (Wanderers), Darnell Metacalfe (Cloncurry), Dwight Daley (Wanderers), Wyatt McDonald (Wanderers), Isaiah Bell (Wanderers), Riley Barturen (Black Stars), Jack Maye (Black Stars), Jack Reddicliffe (Wanderers) and Justin Guningham (Black Stars) made the Under-14 Queensland Outback team while Herbert Walden (Black Stars), Schakarne Aitkens (Cloncurry), Allan Aitkens (Cloncurry), Daniel Dunne (Wanderers), Danyon Kerrin (Black Stars), Shaun Booth (Black Stars), Jamal Fono (Black Stars), Nathaniel Lucas (Cloncurry), Gavin Crisp (Cloncurry), Brodie Germaine (Black Stars), Jason Wylie (Black Stars), Elijah Chong (Wanderers) and Sam Pattison (Black Stars) were all selected in the under-16 squad.

NRL game development officer for Mount Isa Scott Kyle paid tribute to the parents and volunteers who made the trip to Barcaldine possible.

"Both teams played extremely well, and thanks to Bernie Maye, Darren Reddicliffe, John Barturen, Chris Waters, Anthony Tidball and David Pulman for giving up your weekend to coach and accompany these boys and allow them the opportunity to represent the area."

Both teams will travel to the Sunshine Coast next month for the Glyn Rees Cultural Exchange Carnival.