FOR KICKS: Cody Steedman from Western Ringers has been selected in the Southwest Country side.
FOR KICKS: Cody Steedman from Western Ringers has been selected in the Southwest Country side. Joshua Macree

Southwest team announced

Rugby League: The Southwest Country side has been named following a hard-fought trial game between the Western Ringers and the representative Roma and District team at the weekend.

The rugby league team will be travelling to Toowoomba on May 5-6 to compete in the 47th Battalion, facing off against Rockhampton first.

Roma and District and Southwest Country representative coach Wayne Collie said they would take a side of 25 to the competition.

"We are allowed to take 19 players but at this stage we are going to name 25 so we have a bit of depth because last year when we went up to Yeppoon to play and had four pull out due to work,” he said.

Despite the trial game being one-sided, Collie said the Ringers put up a fight.

"The score line didn't really show the game because we ended up beating them 42-8 but to their credit they kept coming back at us really strong,” he said.

"They put up a good fight for a side who just turned up on the day.”

Western Ringers coach Shaun Radnedge said he was proud of his team, as many of the boys were given late notice of playing.

"It was good to see the boys get behind what we did,” he said.

"We had some players pull out along the way but were able to pick up some others.”

Unlike the side from the Roma and District Rugby League Competition, Radnedge's chargers hadn't yet played a competitive game of footy in 2018, giving them a major disadvantage.

"Our competition hasn't started yet, so it was the boys' first run in a while,” Radnedge said.

The rep side will also play at the Queensland Outback Carnival on June 18.

2018 Southwest Country team

Tom Kennedy - Mitchell

Matt Newton - Mitchell

Tom Dodd - Chinchilla

Dan Dwyer - St George

Matt Waites - Roma Cities

Chris Gelhaar - Roma Cities

Tom Barron - Roma Cities

Alex Coonan - Roma Cities

Joey Packer - Roma Cities

Jack Just - Roma Cities

Jackson Shelswell - Roma Cities

Luke Brosnan - Miles

Khan Ladbrook - Red Bulls

Locke Naprasnik - Red Bulls

John Russo - Red Bulls

Andrew Hauff - Red Bulls

Nathan Adcock - Western Ringers

Cody Steedman - Western Ringers

Warren Draper - Western Ringers

Shadows

Ollie Peak - Mitchell

Griff Newton - Mitchell

Bowdy Weldon - Chinchilla

Blake Thompson - Western Ringers

Tom Dawson - Western Ringers


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