BROTHERS forward Brayden Sharrock has starred for Country Police in the City-Country clash at Equex yesterday, earning himself a place in the NSW Police team to play during Origin III.
Country Police players Robert Ayscough and Brayden Sharrock tackle City Police's Danny Lawrence yesterday. Picture: Laura Hardwick
Sharrock will line up for the NSW Police in the curtain-raiser against Queensland Police at Suncorp Stadium in July.
The front-rower plans to cut short a holiday, which will see him miss a chunk of the Brothers season, to ensure he won't miss the game on one of rugby league's biggest nights.
Sharrock was the leader of the Country Police's forward team, but his efforts weren't enough to hold off the City team.
After a close first half where City lead 18-4 at half-time, Country couldn't match it with its rivals doing down 40-14.
A couple of late tries to the city slickers pushed the scoreline out in what was a physical match up between the two teams.
"The Country side was really competitive there for the first part of pretty physical ... I don't think they expected us to come out like that," Sharrock said.
"They've got a pretty big, mobile team and are pretty fit in the end they were just a bit too strong for us."
City player Mitch West was named man of the match while for the second-consecutive year Sharrock was named in the NSW Police team.
Sharrock revels in the police games and named his week away with the NSW Police representative team last year as one of his best experiences.
"Playing with cops we've all got a similar camaraderie amongst each other and to be able to share another interest in football and to be able to play out there is a special thing," Sharrock said.
"Not many people get the chance to experience something like that. I cherish it and as long as I'm playing footy I will be doing my best to try and make that team."
Sharrock has had a trip through Darwin and the Simpson Desert booked for a year, but his selection has forced a slight change of plans.
The five-week holiday will also affect his season with Brothers, but the club does have a couple of byes during the period.
Sharrock will play in the Brothers next two games against Young and Junee and hopes to be back for the round 10 game against Tumut just days before Origin III.
The NSW Police Representative side to play Queensland Police prior to State of Origin 3, Suncorp Stadium Brisbane on 9 July 2014 is as follows;
NSW Police Rugby League representative team for the 2014 Tri Series
1. Liam Watson - Country
2. Mick Fortier - Country
3. Sean Jenkins - City
4. Lee Cameron - City
5. Simon Gairns - City
6. Josh Murphy - City
7. Jai Jones - City
8. Dave Cox - City
9. Robert Mears - City
10. Brayden Sharrock - Country
11. Mitchell West - City
12. Tim Pont - City
13. Danny Lawrence - City
14. Matt Johnstone - City
15. Dylan Smith - City
16. Mark Nichols - City
17. Andrew Hiam - Country
18. Andrew Atkins - City
19. Leo Clarke - City
20. Mitch Wakeford - City
21. Anthony Newell - Country
22. Ben Wrigley - Country
Coach: Craig Sheridan
Manager: Glenn McDougall
Head Trainer: Paul Wallace
Trainers; Bob O'Riordon, Peter Nissen, David Hatchwell.