Under-18 Scorpions face toughest test yet

The Scorpions face Vic Metro on Sunday.

Queensland faces a baptism of fire into the Under-18 national championships, against reigning Division one champions, Vic Metro at Yeronga on Sunday.

The Scorpions showed significant improvement in their match against the North Queensland Udner-25s, after a lacklustre season opener against the Calder Cannons earlier this month.

Queensland will continue that improvement to show they can mix it with the Division one Vic Metro side on Sunday, though.

The Scorpions camp will take some confidence out of their defeat over Western Australia last season, but will be focused on showing consistent endeavour and intensity in this weekend’s match up.

Queensland ruckman Archie Smith has been one of the Scorpions’ best so far this season, and will face a tough opponent in 210cm Angus Milham (Oakleigh Chargers).

AIS-AFL Academy member, Cain Tickner, is likely to play his first game for the Scorpions this season, after overcoming knee and ankle problems in recent weeks.

Riley Blundell and James Ives also come into the team for the first time in 2013.

Redland’s Luke Rogerson will be looking to continue his strong NEAFL form, which earned him a rising star nomination this week, in the match.

The Scorpions vs. Vic Metro match starts at 1:00pm at Leyshon Park, Yeronga, on Sunday.

Queensland’s likely line-up:

Luke Rogerson (Redland)
Aden Rutledge (Aspley)
Liam Dawson (Aspley)
Lewis Radford (UQ)
Caleb Hay (Broadbeach)
Jack Taylor (Surfers Paradise)
Lachlan Weller (Broadbeach)
Isaac Conway (Aspley)
Jacob Watson (Aspley)
Cain Tickner (Aspley)
Jonothan Freeman (Aspley)
Sam Gribble (Aspley)
Isaac Rokeby (Cairns)
Matthew Hammelman (Morningside)
Darcy Trask (Southport)
Archie Smith (Mt Gravatt)
Bill Pendlebury (Morningside)
James Ives (Aspley)
Cameron Stevenson (Maroochydore)
Steven Coutts (Mt Gravatt)
Darcy Cameron-Reeves (Morningside)
Riley Blundell (Morningside)

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