Five Moree boys have participated in the National Rugby Union School Boys competition.
Colin Hammond, David Green, Scott Carter-Lowe, Robert Kennedy and Arthur Currie ran on for the Open Schoolboys Lloyd McDermott Indigenous (Lloydies) side in Sydney last week.
Their first match was against the Northern Territory.
The Lloydies had a steady start with the Territory leading 18-5 at half time.
In the second half the Lloydies hit back strong and came away with a 38-25 win.
Fullback Robert Kennedy said the match was tightly contested until the last 15 minutes.
“It was a tough match. We played well in the second half and were too strong for them in the end,” Kennedy said.
The Lloydies proved they were one of the strongest teams in the competition after knocking over Tasmania 65-10 in their second match.
Green scored three tries cementing his spot in the Presidents XV.
The final game between South Australia and the Lloydies was nothing short of a nail-biter.
With the lead changing hands throughout the match, the Llyodies were on track for their third National Rugby Union School Boys championship trophy, but it was not to be.
The final score was 19-17 to South Australia.
“It was disappointing not to come away with the win,” winger Hammond said.
“We had a few missed chances and should have beaten them on the bell,” Kennedy added.
Green, Currie and Kennedy were selected for the Presidents XV who played Tonga later that week.
Tonga dominated the second half and claimed a 36-13 win over the Presidents XV.
Kennedy was awarded best back for the Lloydies after consistent performances for the duration of the competition.
Kennedy and Hammond plan to further their union career when they complete their HSC at the end of 2012.
Both boys have grown up playing league and made the switch to union when they attended boarding school.
“I love both league and union but I think the pathways for Aboriginals looking for a career in football is better suited for union,” Kennedy said.