Marlins player says Mackay deserves more selections
MEMBER of the Mackay team that took out the Foley Shield, Schae Mawer, was disappointed with Mackay's Northern Marlins selection.
Our region held the smallest selection group of five players compared to Cairns and Townsville's seven.
Mawer thought his side's two wins at the Townsville Sports Reserve last weekend would have resulted in more local names in the list.
"Winning both games and playing the way we did as a team, I thought we deserved more than five,” he said.
"I think at least 10 of us should have been in it, but that's the way it goes.
"Beau Dixon was unlucky and Jardine Bobongie had a great carnival.”
Mackay brought home the Shield after a close 20-16 victory over Townsville on Saturday followed by a 26-22 win against Cairns the next afternoon.
"In the end it was a team effort to win, but (it) would have been better going away with more Mackay boys,” Mawer added.
"To get five is good, to get any in a rep team in is good. I thought we would deserve more, but that's how the selection went and I'm proud to be one of them.”
Wayne Barnett who coached the Men's Foley Shield team said he understood the choice from a coach's perspective.
"I'm a little bit disappointed we only got five, but that's not to say those five aren't the best players on the field,” Barnett said.
"At the end of the day each coach looks at the different way they're going to produce their team and the style of football they're going to play.
"I got criticism about the Mackay team we put together, so sometimes you just have to keep your lips closed and try to come away with a result.”
Mawer added that the five selected undoubtedly deserved their place.
"After seeing the boys in our team and knowing a few that we played against I'm sure we are going to be a strong side,” he said.
With a fair share of rep appearances in his former Brisbane league, Mawer said he would continue to play his best footy in pursuit of further selection.
"Any rep team, no matter what region you come from, depends on the team that holds the ball the most and defends the best. They're the ones that win,” he said.
Barnett said there were nine Mackay names circulating for selection initially which he saw as a big takeaway from the competition.
"I think we snuck up on a lot of people on the weekend,” he said.
"There were a lot of quality players throughout the two days, but what we put out there I think shocked some people and showed we actually have a bit of talent.
"The five that they selected were the workers in our team. They'll roll their sleeves up and work hard again.”
The Marlins will come up against teams from the QRL Central region and two southeast Queensland teams at Southport on June 1 and 2.