Warwick Redbacks AFC player Tyhe Clarkson (right) punts the ball in the team's match against the South Toowoomba Bombers.
Warwick Redbacks AFC player Tyhe Clarkson (right) punts the ball in the team's match against the South Toowoomba Bombers. Elyse Wurm

Warwick player honoured with major AFL selection

AUSSIE RULES: Warwick player Tyhe Clarkson has been named in the South Queensland squad to play the annual intrastate clash between North Queensland and South Queensland.

This year's game will be held in Townsville as a twilight curtain-raiser to the city's historic first AFL Home and Away match between the Gold Coast Suns and the St Kilda Saints at Riverway Stadium on June 15.

Former Warwick Redbacks Aussie rules and cricket player Coen Slatter now lives in Toowoomba and has been selected in the South Toowoomba team.

Goondiwindi is represented in the squad by Charles Youngman.

Both squads boast a plethora of highly credentialled players, none more so than North Queensland with former AFL players Aaron Davey (Melbourne), Eddie Sansbury (North Melbourne) and Brett Meredith (Sydney) bringing a wealth of experience to their squad.

Their southern counterparts have numerous players with NEAFL experience including former Redland player and reigning Hart Sport Cup Division 1 best and fairest winner Rowan Page, joined by former Southport players Ben Merrett and Isaac Franks.

AFL Queensland state manager senior football operations Barry Gibson said the announcement of preliminary squads was a great way to recognise those players who were performing well, while highlighting the depth of talent outside the NEAFL and QAFL competitions.

"This representative program is incredibly popular with the players across the state, so for them to be recognised for their performances to date and know they are under consideration for selection is a positive for them and their clubs.”