Junior rugby league: Stanthorpe Junior Gremlins under-14s player Ky Rashleigh has secured a revered position with the South West Mustangs.
The 13-year-old boy, who plays for the Warwick and District Junior Rugby League representative side, was last weekend selected to play for the Mustangs at the Central Crows Carnival in Gladstone on the first weekend in June.
Ky said he'd been unable to try out last year but was thrilled to be selected for the first time. He said the weekend carnival would allow him to go up against tougher players than those he usually faced.
"It was my first time because I missed out last year,” he said.
"It's good, I'm excited.”
Going into the trials with the Warwick and District side in Miles, Ky said he didn't have spectacularly high hopes but it's clear he impressed the selectors.
"I wasn't expecting anything,” he said.
Stanthorpe JRL president Lindsay Adams said it was great to see another young Stanthorpe player rise through the ranks in junior rugby league.
He said this followed in the wake of Stanthorpe player Matt Murphy, who also played for the Mustangs last year.
"Warwick and District is our first level of reps and the Mustangs is the next level so it'll be a different step,” Adams said.
"I think it's awesome for Ky. It's awesome for the Gremlins to have kids represented at that level and we wish him all the best for Gladstone.”
Adams said the carnival typically had eight to 10 teams involved in a round-robin format.
Ky, who has been playing JRL in Stanthorpe since U9s, said he thoroughly enjoyed the game.
"It's just fun,” he said.
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