Hervey Bay boys Marcus Dyson, 13, Caleb Hackett, 13, and Regan Zelow, 12, performed well at the QJRU state championships.
Hervey Bay boys Marcus Dyson, 13, Caleb Hackett, 13, and Regan Zelow, 12, performed well at the QJRU state championships. Robyne Cuerel

Underdogs show fight

DESPITE losing all its matches at the Queensland Junior Rugby Union under-13 state championships, Bushrangers captain Marcus Dyson couldn't be prouder of his teammates.

The 13-year-old joined fellow Hervey Bay youngsters Caleb Hackett, 13, and Regan Zelow, 12, in the representative side, which comprised players from as far away as Cairns.

Given no hope to challenge their rivals, the Bushrangers, who held their first training sessions two days before the three-day carnival in Toowoomba, shed the easy beats tag by putting in many gutsy performances.

"It was great the way the boys played," Dyson said.

"Even though they didn't win a game, they proved they could match it with the better sides and stuck it to them.

"We had a few teams under a lot of pressure for long periods and I think they were surprised by how well we were going.

"I was especially happy by how well we played against a team from Gold Coast.

"They had smashed most the other teams by 30 points but we gave it to them and also against one of the Brisbane sides which we only lost by a penalty goal."

The powerful inside centre typified the Bushrangers' determination and resolute attitude to be named the team's best back.

Hackett's ability to bust through tackles and find gaps in the defensive line was also a feature of the Bushrangers' attack, while flanker Zelow relished the opportunity to compete on a bigger stage.

All three will soon be throwing on their boots for the Friday Night Sevens boys and girls' league, which starts on October 12 at the Walkers Rd Sports Complex in Urangan.

For more information visit www.frasercoastrugby.com.au.



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