SOME of the top Far North Coast teenage Aussie Rules players took part in the NSW Under-15 All Schools Championships at Albury.
The region was represented by two teams with Byron Bay High School students Diesel Drury and Flynn Petersons in the Northern NSW team along with Kingscliff’s Will Bernet.
Lismore junior Oliver Rojo was in the Combined Catholic College’s North team with Murwillumbah trio Jed Foggo, Connor Foreman Keenan and Callum Van Den Dreist.
Most teams were made up of boys from Sydney and the Riverina area where the football is of a high standard and well structured.
There were nine teams in total who were split into three pools after a successful carnival last year.
The local contingent held their own in a quality competition despite limited preparation time with their teams.
At the end of the carnival the CCC South team played off in the grand final against Combined Independent Schools. CCC South won 7.4.46 to 3.2.20, while the CCC North team came up against the Riverina Murray team beating them 6.3.39 to 4.2.26 to finish third overall.
The playoff for fifth and sixth was contested by Northern NSW and the Riverina South West with the Northern team coming out on top.
At the conclusion of the carnival the NSW All Schools team was selected to play in the National Carnival in Perth.
None of the boys made the State team after a busy three days of competition which includes five games.
However, the NSW Merit Team (a team selected from the public school teams at the carnival) was named.
Flynn Petersons and Diesel Drury were successful in gaining selection in the squad.
All the players will be better off for the experience as they now shift their focus back to the Northern Rivers junior competition.