Local player picked for rep team

Luke Burns in action for Coolum.
Luke Burns in action for Coolum.

Coolum Colts C grade player Luke Burns has been selected in the QRL Wide Bay Division Bulls A Grade side to play the South West Mustangs in the annual Kissane Cup in Toowoomba on May 24.

Colts president Quinton Stevenson said Burns’ selection from C grade to the Wide Bay A grade side was a great achievement for him and capped off a great week for the club.

“Luke’s selection comes on the back of Jake Seaton’s inclusion in the Under-18s State of Origin side to play New South Wales in the curtain raiser to Origin 2 at Suncorp on June 11,” he said.

“All this and the official announcement of the Peregian Springs sponsorship has really made this a week to remember for the Colts.”

Senior rugby league returns to Coolum this weekend with the start of the Red Rooster Cup C Grade Competition, which will see three games played at Coolum on Saturday.

The Under-18 team will play its first home game of the season and will be on the same bill as the C grade side for the first time, so local league lovers can see both Coolum senior sides in one hit.

Stevenson said both teams would be on a high after last weekend’s 47th Battalion final at Nambour.

The Sunshine Coast C grade side was captained by Colts captain Nathan Ratcliffe, whose goal kicking was the difference in the Coast’s 24-20 win over Northern Districts.

“Last year the Coast got thumped by the boys from the north but this year Coolum ended up supplying 10 of the 19 players picked for the Sunshine Coast C grade side, with several of the club’s stars brilliant on Saturday,” he said.

Unfortunately for Coolum, Ratcliffe broke his arm on the weekend. Under-18 coach Dale Shearer is expected to fill in at halfback for the C grade side against Caboolture.

On Saturday the footy action kicks off with the first of the C grade games between Yandina and Pomona at 12.30pm, followed by the Beachmere versus Maroochydore game at 2pm.

The local action starts at 3.30pm with the Colts taking on Caboolture, followed by the Colts Under-18 game against Maroochydore at 5pm.

Full bar and canteen facilities are available. Admission is $3 for adults.

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