AT THE READY: Justin Cridland in action in am NRL Touch premiership game between the Queensland Cowboys and Gold Coast Titans.
AT THE READY: Justin Cridland in action in am NRL Touch premiership game between the Queensland Cowboys and Gold Coast Titans. Zak Simmonds GLA210518CRIDLAND

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TOUCH FOOTBALL: Queensland will put on a collective front in an attempt to wrest back the State of Origin trophy from New South Wales in Redcliffe.

And three Gladstone players will be key to the outcome according to Queensland's open men's team manager Gary Benbow.

Justin Cridland will represent the Maroons' open men's team, while Chelsea Baker will switch codes from league to Touch Football for the Queensland women 30s side and multi-talented youngster Sophie Duff is in the Queensland 20s team.

"I'm very pleased for Justin and his work ethic has been really high right through his junior career and to make his debut in the Origin open men's side is just a credit to him," Benbow said.

"He's well-respected in the community and I think Justin's going to do really well."

Cridland has had a big week with university exams and Benbow said he adapts really well whatever challenges are thrown at him.

Benbow also added Cridland's best attributes lie in defence.

Local touch football players are excited about the up coming training day with the Queensland woman's touch team.Chelsea Baker.Photo Mike Richards / The Observer
Local touch football players are excited about the up coming training day with the Queensland woman's touch team.Chelsea Baker.Photo Mike Richards / The Observer Mike Richards GLA040816TRUG

"He's got a good head on his shoulders and whatever we tell Justin to do, he does do to a tee," he said.

Benbow also had plenty of positive things to say about Baker and Duff.

ON THE BREAK: Gladstone's Sophie Duff uses her pace to separate from her opponent.
ON THE BREAK: Gladstone's Sophie Duff uses her pace to separate from her opponent. Contributed GLA081217DUFF

"Whatever Chelsea throws her hand at, she'll give 110 per cent and she'll adapt really well to it," he said.

"She'll just chalk another one up...she's a brilliant player."

Benbow said for Duff to play senior Touch at just 15 years of age augers well for her future.

SCHEDULES

Open Men: 6.35pm tmw; 11.45am and 5.05pm Sat - Justin Cridland

Women 30: 2.55pm tmw; 9am and 1.35pm Sat - Chelsea Baker

Women 20: 2.55pm tmw; 9am and 12.40pm Sat - Sophie Duff

Games will be streamed live on the Queensland Touch Football Facebook site