The return of Queensland Under 18 star Reece Walsh to Keebra Park’s lineup has put Marsden State High School on high alert ahead of tonight’s top of the table Allan Langer Trophy rivalry.
The two Schoolboy dynamos will lock horns at Marsden SHS with the Makos the favourites and current bragging rights holders after knocking the 2017 national champions out of last year’s NRL Schoolboy Cup.
Walsh’s welcome return after scoring the final four-pointer in Queensland’s 34-12 win over New South Wales will bolster the Gold Coast powerhouse that has produced countless rugby league talents including recent Origin debutants David Fafita and Payne Haas.
However, strong Auswide Bank Mal Meninga Cup seasons for Tyrone Sa’u and Teurui Robati has been replicated in the first three rounds of the South Queensland competition for Marsden, impressing rugby league coordinator Matthew Hartigan.
“Getting Walsh back is massive for them,” Hartigan said to News Limited.
“He’s easily the one of the best players in the competition, if not the best player.
“[For us], Robati’s been really good for all the past few games and Tyrone’s been reaping the rewards out wide.”
The 1 v 2 clash kicks off at 6pm.
In other matches tonight, fifth-placed Wavell State High School are hoping to leapfrog Palm Beach Currumbin when they meet at 5.30pm.
The Warriors upset ladder-leaders Keebra Park 26-12 recently and will have built confidence from the match-winning performance.
Closing out Round 4, St Mary’s Toowoomba will chase their first win against Ipswich State High School in a battle of the west.
All games will be live streamed via The Courier Mail.
Allan Langer Trophy Ladder
|1||Keebra Park SHS||3||2||1||+26||4|
|4||Palm Beach Currumbin||3||2||1||+2||4|
|6||St Mary's Toowoomba||3||0||3||-54||0|
Allan Langer Trophy Fixtures
Round 4 - Wednesday, June 12
5.30pm: Palm Beach Currumbin v Wavell Heights
5.30pm: Ipswich SHS v St Mary's Toowoomba
6pm: Marsden SHS v Keebra Park SHS