When he runs out onto the field tomorrow with his Queensland Under 16 City jersey on, it will be yet another goal achieved in the promising rugby league career of Prinston Esera.
A talented centre, Prinston played in the QRL’s Junior State Carnival with the SEQ White team earlier this year, and while they did not get the results they had hoped for, he was still able to impress selectors and earn selection in the City squad.
Match: QLD City U16 v QLD Country U16
Round 1 -
QLD City U16
QLD Country U16
Venue: Dolphin Stadium, Brisbane
The softly spoken Wavell State High School student said it was a good learning curve to be part of the tournament.
“It was good, it was a good experience – I knew most of the boys (but got to know others) ... being in camp with most of those boys helps us play well,” Prinston said.
“It was good to learn more skills and bond with the boys more.
“I have played with most of them or against them; there are some good boys in the City team.
“A goal for next year will be to make more representative teams.”
That’s not the only goal for Prinston, who started playing rugby league as an Under 6, has in mind for his future.
However, he thinks it is just as important to learn disappointments as well as achievements.
“I had some select goals at the start of the year and try to tick them off as we go,” the Souths Acacia Ridge junior said.
“I do that by taking it step by step and training hard.
“I try to and play consistently in both (club football and school football) and see how it goes.
“If I don’t make it, push harder.”
This year, both his club and school teams made their grand finals; and while there were two different outcomes, both results would help him improve going into the future.
“I also play centre for school, and our team made the grand final for Year 10, but we didn’t get the result we wanted,” Prinston said.
“But we will learn from that, and I will play school next year and hopefully make the ones (team).”
In club football however, his side were able to claim the honours to put a cap on a successful season.
“We won the grand final – it was good, it was a close game!”
“We played in Premiers division against Logan Brothers; we scored in the last 30 seconds to win – our winger (went in)!
“It was a good game, it was tough.
“(It was good to win), we worked hard as a team all year.”
Having spent the past few days in camp on the Sunshine Coast with the City team in preparation for their clash, Prinston will be hoping his team's hard work together will see them claim the title.