Turvey and co. selected for Queensland Country Heelers
RUGBY UNION: South Queensland captain James Turvey is amid seven Sunshine Coast players to be selected for the Queensland Country squad after winning the Queensland Country Championships at Bundaberg last weekend.
The storming front-rower was picked in the Heelers team alongside Noosa's Kyle Beakey, Wilson Enoka, Charlie McKill and John Southern, along with Caloundra's Tim Rogers and Maleny reserve grader Matt Gicquel.
They're set to collide with North Canterbury in Brisbane and against New South Wales Country in Newcastle this month.
Seventeen of the 25-man squad hails from South Queensland after its dominant performance against North Queensland and Central Queensland.
"It was a good bunch of blokes who got along quite well at the start (of the carnival) and that's what you need when you're only together for three or four days," Turvey said.
Turvey plays for Maroochydore in the Sunshine Coast A-grade competition. His club coach Stu Beakey was also the South Queensland coach and will be assistant coach of the Heelers.
The Swans are third on the local four-team ladder and it's hoped the Cotton Tree crew can be a threat by the pointy end of the season.
"That's the plan. And we only need to beat one team in the semi and we're in the final," he said.
"We are getting better every week so that's a positive."
The 27-year-old used to play for the now-defunct Sunshine Coast Stingrays state league side.
Despite his presence on the regional rugby scene, the mechanic and family man harbours no hopes of playing again at Queensland Premier Grade level with a Brisbane-based unit.
The Swans travel to University of Sunshine Coast for round 12 on Saturday, June 17 (3.30pm), when unbeaten Noosa hosts Caloundra.