MATESHIP: Kin Kora school students and cousins Justis Costigan and Cooper Young, both 11, are the sole Gladstone duo who have been selected in the U11 Capricornia team.
MATESHIP: Kin Kora school students and cousins Justis Costigan and Cooper Young, both 11, are the sole Gladstone duo who have been selected in the U11 Capricornia team. Matt Taylor GLA220618FOOTY

Cap team aims for more bling

RUGBY LEAGUE: There will be a cousin connection for Capricornia on the Gold Coast from this Saturday to Wednesday.

Kin Kora school student Justis Costigan and Cooper Young, both 11, are the sole Gladstone duo  both cousins  who have been selected in the U11 Capricornia team which will compete in the U11 RL State Champs on the Gold Coast July 7-11
Kin Kora school student Justis Costigan and Cooper Young, both 11, are the sole Gladstone duo both cousins who have been selected in the U11 Capricornia team which will compete in the U11 RL State Champs on the Gold Coast July 7-11 Matt Taylor GLA220618FOOTY

Justis Costigan and Cooper Young will be part of the Cap team that will take on other regions in the five-day Vic Jensen Carnival.

The Kin Kira State School dynamic duo are the only ones from Gladstone to represent the Capricornia team.

"I had to make the Pt Curtis team trials in Mackay and played as a lock," Justis said.

He scored two tries in the trials and said there has been another area of his game what he has worked on.

Kin Kora school student Justis Costigan and Cooper Young, both 11, are the sole Gladstone duo  both cousins  who have been selected in the U11 Capricornia team which will compete in the U11 RL State Champs on the Gold Coast July 7-11
Kin Kora school student Justis Costigan and Cooper Young, both 11, are the sole Gladstone duo both cousins who have been selected in the U11 Capricornia team which will compete in the U11 RL State Champs on the Gold Coast July 7-11 Matt Taylor GLA220618FOOTY

"Gavin Marsh coaches me at Gladstone Valleys and he has been teaching me how to tackle properly," Justis said.

Known as somewhat of a larrikin and a joker, Justis has also displayed leadership qualities because he is the captain of the school house team Illawarra.

Cooper will play as front rower and the youngster said he likes it tough and hard.

The Wallabys' junior and school captain began in the sport as a five-year-old.

"Jamie Lewis is the coach at Wallabys and he's a good coach who teaches us how to complete our sets properly," Cooper said.

He also added that he was pleased how he contributed in Mackay.

"I fought for my position and played very physically in short bursts," he said.

Capricornia take South Coast on Saturday at 11am followed by two more pool games against Metro West and Metro East on Sunday and Monday.

Finals commence on Tuesday.