Queensland Residents call for Jets' Parcell
Apr
28
2015
HE IS only an injury away from playing for the Brisbane Broncos in the NRL.

But Ipswich Jets 2014 best and fairest Matt Parcell has to make do with a spot on the bench for the Queensland Residents team to tackle NSW Residents at Langlands Park on Sunday.

Parcell, however, was just happy to be picked, having targeted Residents selection at the start of the season.

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"I was hoping it was coming," Parcell said.

"It's good to be picked and to get an opportunity."

Players chosen know this is the highest level they can play below the NRL, so if they can impress for Residents it can go a long way to convincing NRL coaches they are ready for the next step.

That is exactly how the 22-year-old Parcell views his current situation.

He is still training with the Brisbane Broncos four days a week before being released back to the Jets each weekend as he waits patiently for an opening at the NRL club.

"Definitely if I wasn't playing NRL I wanted to be a part of this week," Parcell said, before heading into camp at the Gold Coast with his new teammates yesterday.

Parcell has only represented Queensland previously at university level, so is excited by the prospect of pulling on the famous maroon jersey.

He doesn't know what style of play the Residents team will play.

But between the Broncos and Jets training he believes he can adapt to whatever is required of him.

Parcell was at his best in the Jets' weekend win over Redcliffe, scoring two tries.

If his attacking game hadn't been as sharp in the previous three games it was because he made more than 50 tackles in each, largely due to the Jets' poor ball security.

There is also the matter of training one way with the Broncos all week, then reverting to the Jets' style on weekends.

"The weekend was probably his best game of the year," Jets co-coach Shane Walker said.

"He was back to doing some of the things he was doing for us last year. It's difficult when you're training with two different teams."

The Broncos expect Parcell to dart straight from dummy half towards the opposition tryline for a quick play the ball.

The Jets encourage him to run laterally, outpace the markers, then link with support or go himself.

Parcell has put on about 5kg since last year to be pushing 89kg.

He doesn't believe it has slowed him any, but is sure it has helped him improve his defensive work.

"Definitely I'm a lot stronger this year. It helps being able to control the speed of the game in defence," he said.

Queensland Residents

1 Hezron Murgha (Northern Pride), 2 Kalifa Faifai Loa (Tweed Heads Seagulls), 3 Aaron Whitchurch (Redcliffe Dolphins), 4 Kyle Feldt (Townsville Blackhawks), 5 Javid Bowen (Northern Pride), 6 Ben Hampton (Sunshine Coast Falcons), 7 Shaun Nona (Easts Tigers), 8 Daniel Beasley (Townsville Blackhawks), 9 Tom Butterfield (Easts Tigers), 10 Mitchell Garbutt (Souths Logan Magpies), 11 Mitchell Frei (Wynnum Manly Seagulls), 12 Kenny Bromwich (Sunshine Coast Falcons), 13 Ben Spina (Northern Pride), 14 Matt Parcell (Ipswich Jets), 15 Davin Crampton (Tweed Heads Seagulls), 16 Patrick Kaufusi (Northern Pride), 17 Rod Griffin (Ipswich Jets), 18 Cameron Cullen (Mackay Cutters).

Coach: Aaron Zimmerle (Tweed Heads).

 

Courtesy of Jay Buchan of QT Times

http://www.qt.com.au/news/parcell-rewarded/2620014/

 

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