No off-season for BRL trio eyeing an All Star weekend
THREE Bundaberg Rugby League players have pushed any notion of an off-season aside as they prepare for a stint at Toowoomba's Nine-seven Festival.
Hervey Bay Seagulls duo Tye Ingebrigtsen and Clinton Horne and Isis Devil Jake Thompson will take the field for Velocity All Stars in the nine-a-side competition, which will be held this weekend.
The Nineseven Festival will run over two weekends, and feature both rugby league nines and rugby sevens competitions.
For Ingebrigtsen, who's brother Kim will coach the side, it is a rare chance to play alongside some of his mates.
"We're all mates; my brother brings us together and coaches. It's becoming a bit of a family now," he said.
"You go play in your club sides all season then you can come and play at a comp like this with your mates."
VAS is sprinkled with talent from local and national competitions.
Canterbury Bulldogs under-20 speedster Joseph Burchill, Easts Tigers centre Maeli Seve and Burleigh Bears halfback Todd Seymour are just some of the players to lineup alongside the BRL trio.
About $10,000 is up for grabs for the winners of the 16-team competition, and teams from as far as Fiji will feature in at Nineseven Festival.
Ingebrigtsen said VAS first competed two years ago, and were undefeated in 12 games on their way to Redcliffe and Caboolture Nines titles.
It will be the boys' first time at Toowoomba, and Thompson said he was keen to take the field.
"It will be great to be on the same side as Tye and Horney," he said.
"We played together a few times. Me and Horney go back to a few rep sides (in juniors as well as seniors), and I partnered with Tye in the back row for Bundaberg this year.
"I kept in contact with Horney when I was up north so we've been pretty close."
While the Fiji teams will bring their own brand of excitement to the competition, there is no lack of strike power in VAS' outfit.
"Maeli Seve has been part of us the whole time," Ingebrigtsen said.
"He plays Queensland Cup at Easts Tigers and is a humble lad; our leader.
"Strike payers like Marlon Doak (Redcliffe Dolphins/Gaters) are quick and fast. He is our go-to man with the ball.
"We've got a couple of boys coming up from Capras and this will be Joey Burchill's first time with us."
All Stars lineup
1. Brandon Downey (Easts Tigers)
2. Joseph Burchell (Canterbury Bulldogs)
3. Maeli Seve (Easts Tigers, c)
4. Kaiinga Turner (Norths Devils)
5. Marco Dela Pena (Central Capras)
6. Clinton Horne (Hervey Bay Seagulls)
7. Todd Seymour (Burleigh Bears)
8. Ryan Hansen (Sunshine Coast Falcons, vc)
9. Josh Mitchell (Central Capras)
10. Johnny Vuetibau (Sunshine Coast Falcons)
11. Jake Thompson (Qld Rangers)
12. Tye Ingebrigtsen (Hervey Bay Seagulls)
13. Josh Johnston (Central Capras)
14. Whetu Austin (Easts Tigers)
15. Marlon Doak (Norths Devils)
16. Rogan Dean (Norths Devils)