The 2021 Representative Cup Brisbane teams have been announced for the April 24th tournament in Toowoomba.
The event will mark the first time the Rep concept has travelled west of Brisbane with Gold Park on Hume Street the new location.
Giants and Storm teams will host the reigning mixed and mens champions the North Brisbane Sharks and South-West Brisbane Tigers.
It’s the former who will have it all to prove after wresting back supremacy in last year’s Rep event at Taringa in October to claim their second clean sweep since 2012.
Former winners the Toowoomba Giants will boast a vaunted list of stars aiming to take back what was theirs.
Elsewhere, the Tigers and Storm will be looking to reach the grand final respectively with neither team making an appearance over the past two seasons.
The champion team of 2020 has held onto nine of their stars from the last event with Chloe Storm elevated to captain to side.
Bolstered by the experience of Mens selector Ben Hayes, speedster Shaun Rees, utility Scott Walker and uncapped Larrikins captain Lilia Kurtz, the Sharks have a wealth of Kick It knowledge and skill.
Ballers’ leader Jake Coolwell (pictured) steps in to a captaincy roll in the absence of Jessica Sleep.
His 14 try assists during the summer season at Stafford helped gain the Range Brewing try assist award – two assists above Soup A-Stars’ main man Rob Hunt with 12.
From the girls, they have combined for 22 tries last season making them a dangerous quartet out wide.
The Ballers connection in Adriano Gaile, Coolwell and Hayes have notched up 31 tries this season. Their experience playing in the same will be invaluable.
Following the theme, Soup A-stars representatives Amanda Chilcott, Cameron Webb and Lunt have equated for 21 tries – almost half of their side’s scores during the summer.
From the boys, all eight notched up a total of 60 tries for their respective teams last season – there is strike all over the park.
Total appearances – 34
The Tigers’ mixed side returns with a hungry new attitude after narrowly missing last year’s grand final.
Selector David Sercombe has been able to retain seven members from last season, while adding another three with previous Rep experience.
Debutants Jason Karen-Cole and Jarad Neinert will give the side a much needed boost of speed and direction.
Eliza Mooney will lead the side for the second consecutive season.
Leading by example, Mooney has crossed for 23 tries in her past 14 matches for Kickaholics Anonymous, while adding 13 try assists.
Both Kelly Leaver and Emmie Folan-Murphy have combined for 16 tries over the same period, forming a lethal two-point scoring trio.
New Kicks’ and former Mens player Liam Sue tops the try scoring list for the boys with 18 since the last Rep event with Caolan Geraghty (pictured) just behind.
The men have tallied up 69 tries in total over the last 14 games.
Total appearances – 35
North Brisbane Sharks mens boast the best attacking side after delivering in a big way in last year’s event.
Despite losing a mountain of experienced players, they still go into April 24th as the mens favourites.
Their lethal attacking ability stands out with the top three scoring mens players from last season.
Corey Pocock leads the charge with a mammoth 19 tries and three assists for Joeys.
LGM’s try scoring duo Jesse Ripley and Dean Saxvik round up the top tier totalling a combined 29 tries and 9 assists.
While the Sharks have lost of all four P-Dub boys from 2020, they will have like-for-like players filling their shoes.
Jayden Turnbull returns to the Rep scene after posting 10 tries for Joeys.
Newcomer Peter Yeoman impressed in his first season with Ballerz posting 8 tries and 4 assists, while teammate Jake Proctor did so in kind with 7 tries and 6 assists.
On the try assist theme, the emergence of Mason Hasselmeyer and his five assists will go a long way in filling the shoes left by former captain Matthew Allen.
From just the 10 players on their list, they’ve amassed a total of 81 tries over the summer.
Total appearances – 26
Experienced duo Aaron Tomoana and Aaron Fraser will lead a Tigers’ mens team out that has struggled to score points in recent times.
The last time Tomoana captained the Tigers they made the grand final; perhaps a good omen at this year’s event.
Naming four debutants, the Tigers have re-shaped their squad with a blend of youth and speed.
Newcomers Louie Garrone and Connor Wright have combined well for their Tuesday team.
Wright has notched up 15 tries and 16 assists in his 12-game Kick It career.
Garrone who has battled through hamstring issues has tallied 15 tries and five assists in just eight games.
Will and Tom Smith have played just four games of Kick It however have combined for 9 tries and 7 assists in that time.
The experienced heads in Jordan Kropp, Corey Smith, Fraser and Tomoana will look to improve on their Slap Happy combination.
Since the last tournament the four have reached 27 tries, 21 try assists and kicked six 20/10s.
Anthony Martin and Jake Harding forge a formidable edge attack with 13 tries each last season.
A united tally of 111 tries since our last Rep event places the Tigers in good stead – can they capitalise on the day?
Total appearances – 30
A special thanks to Kropp Sport and LIVIN for their continued support.
Sharks player sponsor – 3 Black Bears Pizza
Tigers player sponsor – GYG Indooroopilly & Toowong
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