Three Bundaberg AFL players have proven their worth on the field and been named in this year’s state teams for the North Queensland versus South Queensland game.
Tristan Taylor from Brothers Bulldogs will join the South Queensland men’s team, while Across the Waves players Scout Strong and Taylor Jardine have made the South Queensland women’s team.
The trio will travel to the Gold Coast in July to compete alongside some of the best community AFL players from around Queensland.
Tristan said being named in the South Queensland men’s squad was an honour.
“I’m proud to be named in the initial squad,” he said.
“It came as a bit of a surprise considering the number of talented players I play with every week for my local club.”
AFL has been an integral part of Tristan’s life and he has played more than 100 senior games for Brothers Bulldogs over the years.
“I started at the age of five through Auskick and have played all my junior and senior football through the Brothers Bulldogs,” he said.
The initial squads for this year’s North Queensland versus South Queensland men’s and women’s games were finalised in preparation for a blockbuster day of rep football on 2 July at Southport’s Fankhauser Reserve.
It comes after AFL Queensland announced the inaugural NQ Women’s squad last week.
AFL Queensland’s community football manager Barry Gibson said all four squads boasted a good mix of youth and experience.
“The depth of the squads will no doubt mean the coaches have some tough decisions to make when the final selection of all four teams occurs,” he said.
“There is a lot of interest building in preparation for the first ever intrastate women’s game and ongoing rivalry in the men’s space.”
Barry said selecting players for the North Queensland versus South Queensland game was a rewarding task that shone a spotlight on community level AFL.
“It’s been intriguing to see the different processes the coaching staff have gone through in selecting their squads this year,” Barry said.
“There’s an abundance of talent at the community level across the state, and it’s fantastic to see players being rewarded for their efforts thus far this season with selection in the respective squads.
“The games are five weeks away, so there’s still ample time for players to push their case for final selection, likewise opportunities for players outside the squad to be added.”
The North Queensland versus South Queensland men’s game kicks off at 4 pm and will bookend a huge day of footy, with the inaugural North Queensland versus South Queensland women’s game scheduled for 2 pm.
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