In the Round 1 teams (plus Redcliffe's team for Round 2). There are at least 92 U18 Players, including 12 U17 players in the 4 teams! Norths lead the way with 14 of their 17 under 18, including 2 under 17. Included in the 92 are 13 ex-Sprana/Arana U13-17 2001-05 players: Nelson Allsopp (S/L), Blair Conlon, Shay Newdick and Tyrone Omundson (Easts), Brendan Altadonna (W/D), Daniel Issac and Rohan Ahern (Nths), Vaughan Eriksen, Zac Hook and Alex Tallon (Aspley), Dean Bannerman and Geoff Holcombe (Ipswich) and Matt Handcock (Redcliffe). Additionally Jay Aston will be playing A Grade for Norths and Nathan Strudwick Qld Cup for the Clydesdales
Some of the more familiar names from other teams from the 2001 U13 year are Trent Iselin (ex Redlands/Logan, nowTweed), Wade Watson and Tim Mcilwain (ex Centenary now Ipswich), David Tyrell and Lachlan Tanzer (Easts) and Deacon Johnston (ex Redlands/Norths now Easts), Mase Laule, Sam Setu, Miah Walter, Matt Sepelini and Luke Lavelle (ex Souths or Logan now S/L), Kieran Turner, WIll Chambers, Luke Samoa, Dean Frankcom, Isaac Schwenke and Lachlan Hompes (Norths), Matt Smith (ex Redlands, now Wynnum), and Jacob Fauid and "Jolly" Josh Costello (ex Norths, now Aspley).
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.