Quartet set to fly the flag up in Bundaberg
RUGBY LEAGUE: Four Stanthorpe-based players will jump on a plane in early June and don the Western Mustangs colours.
Brock Patti, Ky Rashleigh and Isaac Jones will represent the under 16's side while Braith Clark will link up with the under 14's team.
They'll take part in the Central Crows Carnival in Bundaberg from June 7-9.
Several Gremlins players travelled to Gatton recently under the Warwick and District Chargers banner to take part in trial games against Toowoomba and the South-West Queensland Stockmen.
Xavier Cusack and Charlie McCormick played in the under 13s, LJ Karena, David Williams, Braith Clark and Fletcher Koch played in the under 14s and Isaac Jones, Ky Rashleigh, Brock Patti, Lucas Torrisi and Jaycob Mudge played in the under 16's competitions.
Gremlins coach Pat McCormick was pitch-side for the games and said the Stanthorpe boys could hold their heads high.
"The standard of competition was very high and on show were the best young footballers from all over South-West Queensland.
"Congratulations to all the boys who attended the trials and thanks to all the families who braved the weather,” McCormick said.
For Rashleigh, it'll be his second chance to wear the Mustangs colours.
"I made it in the under 14s. Was a really good experience,” he said.
"That year we had a pretty strong team and we won it.”
He hopes this carnival is an opportunity to impress.
"A career in footy would be great, doing what I love. But I don't mind just playing club footy with the boys too,” he said.
It'll be a first taste of representative footy at this level for second rower Brock Patti, who was surprised he made the 18 man squad.
"It's pretty mad to get the call up. I was shocked but it's really good. It's the first time I've made something like this.”
In Bundaberg they'll face sides from the Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay and Capricornia.
If they play well enough, they will be up for further selection at an even higher level.
They'll only have one chance to meet up as a side to train before departing.
"I think we'll go all right,” Rashleigh said.
"We've got a pretty handy side with some Queensland player's in there.”
Both players represent the Gremlins under 16s, who recorded their first win of the season on Saturday.
"We're getting better,” Patti said. "Lost the first two, but that was against the best two teams.
"We won on Saturday against Clifton.
"We've got a rookie team so we'll only get better.”