Central Crows to land at Hervey Bay nest
HERVEY Bay's Ben Hudson is excited to play representative footy in front of his home fans on Sunday.
Hudson will line up alongside his Central Crows teammates for their Cyrill Connell Cup clash with Sunshine Coast Falcons at Stafford Park.
The opportunity to play on his home field is just one positive, as Hudson relishes the chance to play at the higher representative level.
"It's a good experience and I get to meet a few more blokes from around the regions," he said.
"The quality of the players and coaches is slightly better so you can learn a lot and bring it back to Seagulls.
"Being able to play here: there's no travel so it's easier, you know the ground well so can tell the team about it because you know it."
Hudson, who has played the majority of his rugby league for the Hervey Bay Seagulls, will line up at halfback for the Crows.
The position switch - Hudson usually plays fullback for Fraser Coast Crushers - does not faze the 15-year-old, who said he enjoyed the role.
"There's a lot more pressure as you have to direct the team everywhere but you get to get your hands on the ball a whole lot more," he said.
A back injury means teammate Kodi McConnell will not get to play on Sunday.
The complaint has sidelined McConnell for weeks, but it may be a few more until he is fit to return.
"It's a bit of a setback," he said. "I've had two weeks off and trying to take it lightly.
"Just doing physio, stretches and stuff like that (to recover). I'm itching to come back."
While he missed last week's loss to Toowoomba Clydesdales McConnell said he was confident the Crows were good enough to earn victory.
The Cyril Connell Cup (Under-16s) match will be one of three to be played on Sunday.
Kickoff is at noon, with the Mal Meninga Cup (U18s) at 1.30pm and an U18s trial game to follow at 3pm.