Gunnedah grandparents, Margie Martin and Gwen Hinchey will be eagerly watching tonight’s game cheering on their grandson Angus Hinchey who has been selected to play in the U19 QLD State of Origin side, taking on NSW at Kayo Oval, Redcliff.  

The 19-year-old’s parents Sharon Martin and James Hinchey made the move from Gunnedah to Redcliff, Queensland, in the 1990s but still have family members in Gunnedah including grandmother Margie Martin.

“I’m just so excited at watching my grandson on the big screen,” Margie said. 

The proud Gunnedah grandmother has been following Angus’ career since he pulled on his first ever jersey for the Redcliff Dolphins when he was five-years-old. 

“I cannot contain my excitement, but like I said to Angus, this means I’m going to have to start going for Queensland for the first time in my life”.  

Angus started his playing career at an early age and quickly found his niche, moving up to the professional level aged just 16 when he was picked for Brisbane Norths Devils side. He was part of their squad which played in the Mal Meninga Cup in 2021 and 2022, scoring three tries and dominating the paddock with his hard-hitting tackles and quick footwork. 

His talent caught the eye of scouts in Melbourne who put forward an offer to the handy second-rower to join their academy team, where on December 9, 2022, he was named in the side to play in the rebranded Jersey Flegg Cup.   

The second-rower is “really happy” to have been picked for the Queensland side to play tonight. 

“I just cannot wait to get out there and play on the field where I first started”, Hinchey said. 

The promising player will be joined on the sideline by his parents James and Sharon who are making the drive to watch the game live, but said “he will probably hear the cheers coming from a Gunnedah loungeroom” as grandmothers Gwen and Margie are planning to make a night of it watching the game together, hopefully with a bottle of celebratory bubbles.

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