Praise for Redbank Plains unit despite loss
THE Redbank Plains State High year nine rugby league team's progress in the Queensland Schoolboys knockout competition ended yesterday.
A 68-0 semi-final loss to heavyweights Keebra Park doesn't change the fact this is the best effort by a RPSH team in a state-wide competition.
It is the same squad that made the round of 16 last year, inspiring them to aim higher this year.
"I've been impressed with the commitment they've shown," rugby league development co-ordinator Brendan Verrenkamp said.
"They're a little bit more focused. They're showing up at 7.15am two mornings a week."
Training once a week with Canberra Raiders Queensland recruitment officer Mark Beaumont has also helped.
But Keebra Park showed just how far there is to go to the top of the pile.
"They put in," Verrenkamp said of the Redbank Plains boys.
"They were just outclassed.
"Against teams like Keebra Park we've got to lift an extra level.
"Their year eights and nines are very professional.
"Hopefully by the time these kids get to year 12, they will be able to get in there and compete."