BEAUDESERT Warriors juniors Reagan Callaghan and Kyle Rimmer have returned home feeling victorious after their battles against Brisbane City at the St George Reds’ former home, Ballymore Stadium.
The duo were selected for Queensland Country in their age categories, the under 13s and under 16s teams, to compete against Brisbane City on Friday, July 7, after their outstanding performances at Queensland Junior Rugby State Championships early last month.
The duo were hand-picked to represent Queensland Country from their Gold Coast regional teams at the state championships, which were held at Albany Creek GPS Junior Rugby Club.
Competing teams included those from the Sunshine Coast, central and north Queensland and Townsville.
Reagan, who has played the sport since aged 6, said the Queensland Country under 13s experience was something he would always remember, despite his team’s hard fought 22-15 loss at Ballymore Stadium.
“When I got selected for the Queensland Country under 13s squad, I felt very proud to represent my state,” he said.
“It felt unreal to use the Ballymore change rooms, running out of the tunnel and playing on the Ballymore Stadium.”
Better luck was enjoyed by Kyle’s winning Queensland Country under 16s team, who were victorious in their 13-3 lead.
“Winning that match was well earned and all our training really showed in the game,” Kyle said.
“It was especially good to beat Brisbane City, as that is always a tough rival.”
The under 16s Queensland Country victory followed Kyle’s performance in the Gold Coast regional under 16s team, which won the state championships’ under 16s division.
“I really enjoy the team work and it felt so good to win it, as all the hard work paid off and we really felt like a team,” he said.
A Beaudesert Warriors spokesperson said he was amazed at the club’s junior sporting talent, with three other junior players, Jacob Reid, Alex Gilliland and Jeremy Smith, also selected to represent Gold Coast regional at the state championships.
“Coming from a small region and competing against the larger rugby strongholds of Brisbane and the Gold Coast, the boys have all done themselves and the local club proud and have a bright playing future ahead of them,” the spokesperson said.
“It is amazing the amount of playing talent that is produced by the Beaudesert Warriors Rugby Union Club.”