Discover Christmas in the Moreton Bay Region

Search:



Aussie call-up for North Lakes six

Posted: 6am 18 Nov 2021

Six players at North Lakes Oztag have been selected for the Australian Tagaroos – five for the first time in the Under 17 level.

Ryan Harper, Kayne Lockett, Dre Pakeho, Ailai Price and Jack Robinson are set to finally make their debuts in the green and gold next year.

All were in the Tagaroos’ Boys 16 Gold squad for the 2020-21 Trans-Tasman series, which was delayed and finally cancelled due to COVID.

Rachael Harper has received her sixth international call-up in five years and is in the Australian Women’s 21 squad.

'Big step up'

All will go to Sydney for the Big 4 Invitational against Lebanon, the Pacific Island and an Invitational side next year.

In charge of the Under 17 team will be Craig Newald, from Narangba, who “plays a bit” at North Lakes, but mainly coaches.

“It’s a big step up for these guys,” said Newald, also assistant coach of the national Over 40s team, “but they are the cream of the crop coming through.

“We have a lot of players here who can make that step up and go further if they want to. It’s just a matter of commitment and determination.

From left - Kayne Lockett, Jack Robinson, Rachael Harper, coach Craig Newald, Dre Pakeho, Ryan Harper, Ailai Price.

Green and gold

“Ryan has been coming through and we’ve seen dramatic development in the last 12 months. He’s really come on.

“Rachael has been in the national squad for five years now. She’s ‘been there, done that’ since she was 16.

“This is a big deal for them. Next year is World Cup selection and the guys will have to make the Under 20 team for Ireland in 2023.”

The path to a green and gold jersey starts with centres combining for trials to select teams, in all age groups from Under 10 to seniors, for the Australia Nationals.

Nationals

At the nationals, Tagaroos selectors choose a top 32 and then top 16, with six shadow players, from the Queensland, NSW and Victoria.

“Going from such as North Lakes and Caboolture modules to playing state cup and then national level against teams from Townsville, Weipa and NSW is a big step,” said Newald.

“New South Wales is particularly strong in Oztag.”

For more on Oztag in this region visit: Northlakesoztag.com, redcliffeoztag.com, cabooltureroztag.com, fernyhilloztag.com or queenslandoztag.com.au

Six of the best

Rachael Harper, 20, from Wamuran. Described as a very good Rover/ball player. Has played Oztag 10 years, at North Lakes. Sixth time selected Australia.

Ryan Harper, 17, from Wamuran. Plays a link role. Has played Oztag seven years at Cabooture, Bray Park and North Lakes. First call-up for Australia.

Kayne Lockett, 17, from Deception Bay. Plays in middle (half-back or five-eighth role). Has played Oztag five years at North Lakes. First call-up for Australia.

Dre Pakeho, 16, from Kallangur. Plays in middle and rover role. Has played Oztag four years at Bray Park and North Lakes. First call-up for Australia.

Ailai Price, 17, from Morayfield. Described as a lighting fast winger. Has played Oztag three years at Caboolture and North Lakes. First call-up for Australia.

Jack Robinson, 17, from Mango Hill. Described as a very quick winger. Has played Oztag five years at North Lakes. First call up for Australia.

Share

Trending

Bid to bust Station Road congestion

Design work is happening now on footpath, signage and kerb-ramp improvements along busy Station Road at Burpengary as Moreton Bay Regional Council works on a long-term plan to bust congestion in the area. Here's what we know…

Good Egg Gallery cracks it

The Good Egg Gallery has cracked the formula for bringing local artists together in a welcoming space in just its first few weeks of operation.…

More you might like:

Trending

Local News   •   3-12-2021  •   Ashleigh Howarth

Touch, cuddle artwork at accessible exhibition

Enter a world of furry forests, cosy bathtubs and embraceable artworks made from faux fur, feathers and foam with a new hands-on exhibition showing at the Caboolture Art Gallery.…

Local News   •   3-12-2021  •   Kylie Knight

Mascots with a message

The award-winning characters might look fun and lively but their young creators hope the community will take their environmental message seriously.…

Local News   •   3-12-2021  •   Nick Crockford

Hardman primed and ready for 'risk'

Isaac Hardman, a rising star of Australian boxing, admits he’s taking a “massive risk” climbing into the ring with Adam Stowe on Saturday.…

Local News   •   2-12-2021  •   Kylie Knight

USC Moreton Bay's expansion plans

The University of the Sunshine Coast has plans to expand its Moreton Bay campus next year to provide more room for teaching, research, sporting activity and socialising.…

Local News   •   2-12-2021  •   Kylie Knight

Division 7 by-election candidates face forum

Candidates for the Moreton Bay Regional Council Division 7 by-election answered questions from the community and made their final pitches to voters during a forum hosted by Moreton Daily last night, ahead of the poll this Saturday.…

Moreton Bay Region Weather   •   2-12-2021  •   Kylie Knight

Roads flooded in Moreton Bay Region

Heavy rain in recent days has caused flash flooding with a number of roads closed across the Moreton Bay Region. Here’s the list.…

Your free local community newspaper, home delivered fortnightly.

Read Latest Edition

Close