Forbes hosts big day of representative rugby league

LEAD THE WAY: Inspirational Forbes forward Ben Maguire will line up for Group 11 on Saturday. Photo: NICK McGRATH
LEAD THE WAY: Inspirational Forbes forward Ben Maguire will line up for Group 11 on Saturday. Photo: NICK McGRATH

There'll be plenty of Forbes talent at Spooner Oval this weekend, wearing Group 11 colours during this season's representative cluster day.

The injured Mitch Burke and fellow Magpie Josh Toole may be out of the clash with Group 10, but there will still be plenty of black and white representation.

Representative regular Ben Maguire will start, as will Magpies captain Hayden Bolam, while Bailey Hartwig has also got a call-up.

Hartwig will play in the centres in place of former Irish international Toole.

Wellington coach Justin Toomey-White has been tasked with masterminding Group 11's return to the summit of the Western Rams region and he'll have a number of his own team to work with, with Mason Williams the latest selection called in to replace Burke.

"It's about bragging rights," Group 11 secretary Paul Loxley said of the game.

"It's always a special game."

While the senior match will be the main one at Forbes, the league tag fixtures could well be the highlight of the day.

The Group 11 side is one overflowing with star power.

Parkes' Indi Draper, arguably one of the fastest players in bush footy, is joined by Forbes' Chloe Howarth in the centres, Kimeaka Bermingham, Mikala Mongan, Courtney Hodge and Amelia Davis.

The juniors squad is predominantly made up of Forbes players.

Eight Magpies have made the 19-man squad with those being centre Isaac Nash, winger Billy Dukes, halfback Thomas Toohey, and forwards Thomas Phillips and Harrison Leadbitter, while Charlie Holman, Thomas Hopkin, and Toby Hurford will start on the bench.

The action at Spooner Oval on June 15 starts with Group 11's league tag meeting with Woodbridge Cup at 10.15am, and a win there would set up a final clash with either Group 10 or the Castlereagh/Barwon side at 12.30pm.

The under 18s match is scheduled to kick-off at 1.20pm before the main senior game at 2.40pm.