Northern U 19 Team

The 19-man Northern U19 squad has been named to prepare for the State Titles in Toowoomba on April 29 and 30:

1. Taputoa (Sonny) Rea (Cairns)
2. Allan Heldsinger (Mackay)
3. Drew Thornill (Cairns)
4. Brandon Boor (Townsville)
5. Simon Sorbello (Townsville)
6. Chris Riesen (Cairns)
7. Brady Payne (Townsville)
8. Joshua Wehi (Cairns)
9. Lee McLean (Townsville)
10. Greg Byrnes (Townsville)
11. Michael Achilles (Townsville)
12. Ben Kerr (Cairns)
13. Leo Faagutu (Townsville)
14. Todd Seymour (Mackay)
15. Darren Griffiths (Townsville)
16. Dane Vogel (Mackay)
17. Jonathan Platt (Townsville)
18. Brendan Cann (Cairns)
19. Mitchell Seri (Townsville)
Coach: Michael Baker. Manager: Jeff Heard. Trainers: Brett Sartor, Charles Fisher, Paul Herron.

Wynnum showed they will be a force to be reckoned with in the FOGS Challenge with a 40-12 trial win over Aspley today. Admittedly Aspley were below strength and the game was a scrappy affair played in oppressive conditions, but the Wynnum side showed some flashes of brilliance in attack and were resolute in defence. U18 players Matt Smith and Luke Mehninnit shone for the winners between them scoring 18 points in the first half to set up a 22-0 lead to the home side at the break.  Converted tries to Alex Tallon and Steven Johnston brought the visitors back within 10 points early in the second half, but that would be as close as they would get, with Wynnum running away to win 40-12. U18 Players from last year's Brissie U17 comp on display were Alex T, Struddy, AJ and Vaughan Eriksen for Aspley, along with Scott Millar from Wide Bay, and Matt Smith and Mitchell Muir for Wynnum , along with Nathan Beckett  (WB) and Luke Menhinnit (Twba). Incidenttaly Jacob Fauid had a very good game in a losing side in the Qld Cup trial held this evening. Scorers: Wynnum 40 (M.Smith 2, B.Cronin, M.Aitkin, L.Menhinnit, C.McQueen, W.Jensen, R.Congoo tries, Menhinnit 4 goals) def Aspley 12 (A.Tallon, S.Johnston tries, Tallon 2 goals).
In other games Wests defeated a Norths side which did not play any of its storm contracted players 24-22, and Easts defeated Souths-Logan - score tba.