Ky one of many young stars
CHINCHILLA has produced its fair share of quality rugby league players, with names such as John Gleeson and Ben Ross coming to mind.
With the strength of junior rugby league in the area at a high point right now, our next Origin star may be gracing the field at Bulldog Park as we speak.
More than 80% of junior Bulldog players were selected for representative football in 2017, an astounding statistic.
One of those players was 14-year-old prodigy
Ky Taaffe, who could be a future Queensland Maroon.
Ky has been playing rugby league for nearly a decade after falling in love with the sport at a young age.
“I started playing footy in Under 6s,” Ky said.
“I played because my dad used to play and I loved watching it.”
The Chinchilla State High School student usually plays out wide, but is versatile enough to roll up his sleeves and jump into the forward pack.
“I mostly play in the centres, but I can also play a bit of second row,” he said.
“I like the centres though.”
Ky was part of the premiership-winning under-14 Chinchilla Bulldogs side this year, who took out Murgon in the grand final on the weekend.
Ky said winning the trophy was a good reward for a consistent year of football from his team.
He also listed this year’s premiership as one of his career highlights so far.
“We started off really well and we were able to keep it going throughout the year,” he said.
“They’re all really good guys so it was good hanging in there with them.”
“Winning the grand final with the boys this year was great, also winning the grand final the last two years with the South West Mustangs.
“My goal is to play in the NRL, that would be really good.
“I don’t really look up to any player in particular, I look up to everyone who has played at that level.”
WINNERS: Junior Bulldogs’ Pups of the Month receive certificates at the presentation dinner.
Ky Taaffe receives the Most Promising Junior trophy from club patron Peter Kuhl.
U14 Bulldog award winners Lyric Daly, Willliam Playsted, Blake Moore, Ky Taaffe and Thomas Robters with Colin Ling.