Ky one of many young stars

Chinchilla News - - TV GUIDE LIFE -

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.”

PHO­TOS: MAR­GUERITE CUD­DIHY

WIN­NERS: Ju­nior Bull­dogs’ Pups of the Month re­ceive cer­tifi­cates at the pre­sen­ta­tion din­ner.

PHO­TOS: MAR­GUERITE CUD­DIHY

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.

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