Oztag proves the right pick
IT IS shaping as a big year for Cameron Picker.
Picker has been given the responsibility of wearing the Brothers number seven jersey in this year's Ipswich Rugby League.
The Brethren have not missed a grand final since 2005 and, having replaced former skipper Jason Connors at halfback, Picker's form will go a long way to determining if his team reaches this year's A grade decider.
He was among the best in his team's win over Fassifern on Saturday, along with five-eighth William Oloitoa.
"Me and Willie just need to work on our combinations and we'll be killing it," Picker said.
But once the league season is over, Picker will still have some serious footy to look forward to.
In December he will represent Indigenous Australia at the Oztag World Cup at the Sunshine Coast.
"I'm stoked really," Picker said.
"I couldn't have asked for it.
"I've never been selected in anything like this before.
"Hopefully there's a big crowd."
Picker was chosen to represent the Australian Indigenous team after standout performances representing Ipswich at various Oztag carnivals.
He has previously represented Indigenous NSW at touch football, despite having been a Queenslander since he was a little kid.
But it was his son Lennox who first got him involved in Oztag after a chance meeting with Ipswich Oztag co-ordinator Paul Hicks.
"We met Paul and his wife at the park one day when he was running an Oztag come-and-try day," Picker said.
"He was really interested and wanted me to come and play too."
Lennox was only three at the time but began playing under 6 Oztag.
Now four-years-old he is proving to have more than a bit of his dad's talent.
Part of the reason Picker and his wife Hayley moved from Bundamba to Marburg, where they live now, was to give Lennox and his little sister Mila space to run.
Picker still enjoys touch football, but has happily adopted Oztag, which provides different opportunities to touch.
"You can run holes better in Oztag," he said. "You get more time with the ball and more ball-playing opportunities."
And with an indigenous team you can expect even more ball playing, which is another part of why Picker is so excited by the prospect of the World Cup.
"That's what the coach said the game plan was," he said.
"Not too much structure.
"We like to throw it around and make up our own stuff."