GOOD RUN: Leon Karena is brought down by the Rams defence.
GOOD RUN: Leon Karena is brought down by the Rams defence. Samantha Wantling

Five Gremlins step up

FIVE players from the Border Rugby League have been selected to play in the South-West Queensland side that will travel to Bundaberg on May 6 and 7.

Daniel Werthenbach (Gremlins), Jason Wilmot (Gremlins), Leon Karena (Gremlins), Michael Marshall (Killarney) and Chris Johnston (Inglewood) were selected, and the Gremlins' Brad Crisp is one of three shadow players who will be called up if needed.

The south-west side will be one of eight teams taking part in the 47th Battalion Trophy Carnival and BRL president Neil O'Connor said it will be a step up for the players.

"I'm really happy because out of those trials, we played two and lost them both, we still performed very well," O'Connor said.

"They've got a stiffer competition up there (Bundaberg), there's eight teams.

"There will be some very good players there, you're going up to a higher level of rugby league."

South-West Queensland will be in Pool A with Bundaberg, Gladstone and the South Burnett, and Pool B will consist of Toowoomba, the Sunshine Coast, Rockhampton and the Central Highlands.

Gremlins assistant coach Paul Shatte said it was great to see the Gremlins so heavily represented in the team.

"There's no doubt if they put their minds to it they can do fairly well," Shatte said.

"They're excited over being selected, it's well deserved too.

"Jason Wilmot gave up an opportunity to play for the Warwick Cowboys in the hope of being selected and it's paid off so he's over the moon."

Some of the tougher teams are expected to be Bundaberg and Toowoomba but Shatte believes South-West Queensland has what it takes to compete.

"They'll be playing against some of the best Queensland country players going around," he said.

"It'll be hard for them but they've done fairly well over the last couple of years.

"They certainly haven't been disgraced."

On the domestic scene the Gremlins will have the weekend off after a heavy schedule. They'll play Inglewood at Sullivan Oval next weekend in what is sure to be a fiery encounter.

Stanthorpe Border Post

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