Quintet vies for State honours
By TONY WHITE
A quintet of South Grafton High students have been selected for the Lloyd McDermott Northern NSW Under-16 Rugby Union Development Squad.
Seb Dalton, Rohan Hardy, Cody Ellis, Daniel Bligh and Jayden Webb leave for Sydney today to take part in a round robin, NSW selection series.
The quintet have already come through a selection period over the past two months that has involved playing games in Coffs Harbour (twice) and Armidale.
Initially nine boys made the Mid North Coast squad then seven were selected in the North Coast squad and the remaining five picked for Northern NSW.
The Lloyd McDermott development program, named after the first Aboriginal player to be selected for the Wallabies in the 1960s, is aimed at encouraging young Aboriginal children to play rugby union.
Following the round robin series in Sydney a NSW squad will be named to take part in the Australian Under-16 Championships at Runaway Bay, Queensland.
The boys will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of another South High student, the late Malcolm Weatherstone, who was picked in the NSW team.
"There are also plans to select a national indigenous team to tour New Zealand," South High co-ordinator Gervaise Bertus said.
"It won't be easy but there is plenty of incentive for the boys to do well."