Roma’s Brendan Grulke named in Qld Rangers squad
IT’S every league player’s dream to represent Queensland at any level, and next month Roma’s Brendan Grulke will do just that.
The clever hooker will start for Queensland Rangers against the NSW Ron Massey Cup side next month in the number nine jersey – a shirt he has made his own in every competition he’s played in.
The Roma Cities playmaker and tackling machine has been rewarded for his incredible efforts during the Central Crows’ maiden win in the State Carnival on the Gold Coast last weekend, where he scored a try in both matches against Brisbane sides.
Having taken a break from the game early last year, Grulke said he owed his white-hot form to a self-imposed alcohol ban and rigorous training.
“I think that rest and coming back and being keen to play footy again really helped,” he said.
“I had about six weeks off alcohol and was trying to eat right and hit the gym more and I went into hibernation.
“I feel like I’m lighter and quicker and definitely stronger.”
While his attack has never been in question, Grulke said he was learning the finer art of defence and defensive structure.
“I’ve always liked [defence], but I suppose you learn where to be at the right time and I think it’s just about the confidence and you get good from there,” he said.
When he runs onto the field on the Gold Coast to face the best of NSW, Grulke said he’ll be proud to wear the maroon.
“This is probably the highest rep side I have been in,” he said.
“It’s got to be up there – to be able to represent your state [is great].”