Budding footy stars graduate to the big league
Chinchilla Bulldogs players Kade Tennyson and Benji Neliman have again proven themselves two young players to keep an eye on with the recent announcement they have both made Queensland Rugby League's Central Crows squad for the second year in a row.
Despite being only 16, Kade and Benji are among the 30 players to make the U18 Mal Meninga squad for the Central Crows, who were whittled down from a pool of more than 100 boys vying for a spot at the trial carnival late last year.
"(It's) a lot more competitive. (We're) still 16 and playing against 18 (year olds),” Kade said.
"There's not many (16 year olds) at all. They're all a lot older.”
Kade and Benji had a collective year of footy wins in 2016. After commencing the season with both boys making the Central Crows' Cyril Connell Cup U16 team, the local products were part of the U16 Bulldogs team that made the Youth Cup major semi-final, and then won the premiership in the Roma and District Rugby League division, before winning the grand final for the Central Crows in the 2016 Queensland Junior State Carnival.
It was an overall effort from the U16s, which provided the Chinchilla Bulldogs Club with its season highlight, with Kade and Benji receiving special recognition by sharing the Cain Cup - the trophy awarded to the player with the highest representative honours for the year.
Before the boys can run out for their first match for the U18 Crows though, they and their teammates have to go through one more training camp early next month, where another two players will be cut to bring the final squad number to 28 for the 2017 season.