Dwyer's third shot at sharing in glory
THOMAS Dwyer is hoping it is third time lucky for the Queensland Subdistricts rugby side.
The Queenslanders welcome the best of the NSW Suburban Rugby Union at Ballymore tomorrow as a curtain- raiser to the Queensland Reds Super 15 match against Western Force.
Ipswich Rangers fullback Dwyer has twice represented Queensland before but has yet to taste success.
He is joined in the Queensland side this year by Rangers teammates Dan Egan (second row), Isaac Creedy (halfback) and Zan Branford (hooker) and Springfield forward Jacob Ketu.
Ketu will call Dwyer, Creedy, Branfield and Egan teammates for just the one match before resuming hostilities when Rangers meet Springfield in the Barber Cup on Friday night next week.
He is a big, ball carrying lock of backrower and is just the type Dwyer believes Queensland has been missing in the years he has been involved.
NSW has held the Barraclough Shield since 2009 but Dwyer gives his team a big chance of reclaiming it this weekend.
"I'm hoping for a win on Saturday," the 27-year-old said. "They've all been good Queensland sides.
"This year's is looking pretty good. I reckon there's plenty of points in the backs and we've got a strong forward pack.
"We've lacked a bit of size previously in the backs and forwards.
"And last year we had a few injuries early in the game with two players knocked out early."
Egan, Dwyer and Creedy have been there before, though this time it looks like Creedy may be set for a starting spot.
It is the first time representing their state for Branford and Ketu.
"The minutes Isaac got last year were very good and he's been good for us (Rangers) for years," Dwyer said.
"Zan will go well.
"His set piece is really good. It will be good, especially at home with family and friends watching.
"It's been a few years since we got up."