These boys could be the faces of future league stars (l-r): Enoka Kalapu, Perry Loane and Billyglen Eru.
These boys could be the faces of future league stars (l-r): Enoka Kalapu, Perry Loane and Billyglen Eru. Sarah Keayes

League kids among state's best

AT least one Ipswich star of the future was revealed at the recent Queensland Rugby League junior state titles.

Billy Glen Eru has proved his outstanding leadership qualities following the South East Queensland Kookaburras under-13s runner-up finish at the recent event at Acacia Ridge.

The Goodna youngster captained the Kookaburras to a second placed finish, losing just the one game to champions Central Queensland.

It was a sterling effort considering they had no lead-up matches together, unlike many of their opponents.

Adding to Billy's performance was the fact he had never played halfback before the tournament.

“We were struggling to find a halfback,” Kookaburras under 13 coach Gary Lally said.

“Billy was playing fullback and hooker but we liked what we saw.

“He got two man-of-the match awards and was picked in the Queensland merit side.”

Lally was also full of praise for Billy's leadership qualities and has recommended his club coaches think about moving him to halfback permanently.

“He does a lot of talking,” the coach said. “He knows when to run and when not to.

“He has a good step and is a very aggressive defender.”

It was a successful carnival for all the Ipswich-based players with six selected in Queensland or Queensland merit teams following the championships.

Springfield's Tautau Moga and Goodna's Michael Kai represented the Queensland Maroons under 16s last week in their 26-20 win over NSW Country in Forster, NSW.

The team was coached by Ipswich Diggers under-16 coach Adrian Suttie.

Springfield's Joe Wegert and Goodna's Perry Ioane were chosen in the Queensland under-14 merit team while Goodna's Enoke Kalapu was chosen in the Queensland under-12 team.

The SEQ Kookaburras, for which the Ipswich represen- tatives played at the state championships, were unlucky to finish second in under-13, under-14 and under-16s.


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