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UNITED: Two Stanthorpe Oztag teams will head to the Sunshine Coast next weekend for the Queensland Oztag State Cup.
UNITED: Two Stanthorpe Oztag teams will head to the Sunshine Coast next weekend for the Queensland Oztag State Cup. Matthew Purcell

OZTAG: Two young sides will take "plenty of heart” to the Sunshine Coast next Friday when they compete in the Queensland Oztag State Cup.

An under 17s and under 16s team will head for Kawana Waters on Friday, March 16 for three days of competition.

They'll play a handful of games across Friday and Saturday before lining up on Sunday for finals should they make the cut.

"There's sort about 2000 athletes taking part effectively. Over 100 teams and they all compete in different age groups,” Stanthorpe Oztag president Peter Burnell said.

"Throughout the entire carnival they have Queensland Oztag representatives walking around to select a Queensland team from the games.

"Doesn't necessarily mean if your team wins you'll be picked out though. Obviously the level of play is very high because a lot of the teams up there are full-time Oztag players. Where as most of us are rugby league players playing Oztag.”

Jacob Rashleigh and Lachlan Swan were selected for the Queensland team out of last year's competition.

Peter said "absolutely”, there was as chance some of this year's boys could be selected.

Some of the 17s will be competing for a third time, but it'll be a first outing for the 16s player's.

"I think the biggest thing is the boys themselves put this together. We didn't go to them, they came to us and said 'Look we want to put a team in'.

"The biggest thing our boys have got is massive heart. They fight so hard. What we've found is the other teams are so focussed on winning where as our guys are a lot more focussed on their team and the enjoyment,” Peter said.

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