Lachy steps up beside brother
LIKE most younger brothers, Lachy Twiner has always wanted to do what his older sibling was doing.
As an eight-year-old he signed up to play junior rugby league after being forced to sit on the sidelines watching his older brother, Michael, play for several years.
Michael was selected in the Central Capras representative team three years ago and, not to be outdone, last week Lachy slipped on a Capras jersey during the Queensland Junior Rugby League Championships held in Brisbane.
Lachy and his Panther Cubs team-mate, Ryan Thompson, were the only two boys from Biloela picked in the Central Queensland under-13 team after strong performances for the Gladstone Raiders during the CQ selections held in Rockhampton five weeks ago.
Lachy is renowned for his strong running and tough defence in the second row, while Ryan can play either centre or wing.
The duo had several training runs with the Capras before travelling to Brisbane for the five-day carnival.
At the end of the carnival State selectors will name a Queensland team and while Lachy is not sure of his chances of winning a maroon jersey, it is a goal he would love to fulfil.
“I hope I get picked, but you just don't know,” he said.
Under junior rugby league rules, representative teams are not selected until the under-13 age group and this whole experience is something new for both Lachy and Ryan.
“I'm pretty excited about it all, we will just have to wait and see how we go,” Lachy said.
Once their representative commitments are over Lachy and Ryan will return to the Panthers hoping to lift them from second-last place in the Gladstone District competition.