Wallaroo Alberts eyes rep selection in Seagulls clash
THE lure of a representative jersey may force Wallaroos fullback Joey Alberts to produce his best form of the year.
Alberts, who played on the wing in the first game but has been a mainstay at fullback in the time since, has proved to be a revelation for the Maryborough club since given his opportunity.
That first chance as A-grade custodian came in the second-round clash against Hervey Bay Seagulls at Eskdale Park, and the 17-year-old took it with both hands.
The dynamo was untouchable in attack, worked extremely hard in defence and did everything he could to jolt his teammates into action.
Even as that result slipped away he remained focused on trying to deliver his side what would have been a famous victory. It is those attributes that makes Alberts, along with gun trio Shaun Collins, Luke Waters and Jack Horder, one of the club's most dangerous players.
And, according to coach Peter Waters, a prime candidate for Bundaberg Rugby League's under-20 rep side.
"They'll be looking at that U20s team and Joey would be right up there," Waters said.
"They might try to target him but if we get our backline moving forward it will give him the space he needs."
Halfback Luke Waters is in doubt due to a back injury, and if he is ruled out it will force a major reshuffle.