Young Blore thank­ful to his fa­ther for stel­lar rise

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT - Kristine Tar­bert

SHAWN Blore has been named one of the best young rugby league play­ers in the coun­try, se­lected in the un­der-15 Aus­tralian School­boys.

The 14-year-old, from Leth­bridge Park, worked his way through var­i­ous tri­als to be picked for the Syd­ney West squad, then the Syd­ney Gold squad and fi­nally the NSW side to play at the re­cent un­der-15 cham­pi­onships.

“We lost the grand fi­nal against Queens­land, which was sad, but at the end of the state cham­pi­onships they picked the Aus­tralian squad,” Shawn said.

“As they picked the 13man squad they went through the num­bers and I was the last guy picked. I was so happy, I trained so hard and didn’t think I would make it.”

Although there is no game for the un­der-15s side, se­lec­tion is some­thing Shawn will look back on his whole life.

Hav­ing started play­ing with the Pen­rith Broth­ers aged five, Shawn said he had his dad and man­ager to thank for his suc­cess so far.

“My fam­ily is a rugby league fam­ily and my dad got me into it,” he said. “He’s the one who has kept push­ing me, he ran me up that hill when I started.

“I love scor­ing tries, run­ning and go­ing through peo­ple and hear­ing the crowd scream­ing your name – that feel­ing is great.”

The young util­ity or sec­ond-rower got his first taste of rep footy in Year 6 and has since moved up the ranks in Pen­rith.

“I played for the Pen­rith de­vel­op­ment side in 2013, then made the Pen­rith Harold Matts train on squad in 2014 and played in the sea­son this year,” he said.

“I was play­ing up an age which was pretty scary but I scored four tries, and get­ting my first one felt so good. I have worked so hard.”

Shawn re­ceived the coach’s award for his per­for­mance in the Harold Matthews and is look­ing for­ward to the next sea­son. Play­ing in the NRL is also in his sights.

Pic­ture: CARMELA ROCHE

Pen­rith Broth­ers’ Shawn Blore has been picked in the un­der-15 Aus­tralian School­boys side.

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