Jodeci kicks big goal

As­pir­ing Pan­thers rugby league young­ster Jodeci Lau­mua, 15, is The Stan­dard’s Ju­nior Sports Star of the year.

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THERE will be no bat­tle of the codes for Jodeci Lau­mua, who has been named

The Stan­dard’s Ju­nior Sports Star of 2015.

The St Marys res­i­dent, 15, plays both rugby league and AFL, but league is his first love.

He was pre­sented with the award last week.

“I was shocked and couldn’t be­lieve it,” Jodeci said. “We had such an amaz­ing time on the night and it was so great to meet other great young sports­men and women.”

Mother Tagi Teao said she was very proud of her son’s achieve­ments.

“We were to­tally sur­prised and so proud, we just went out for a good night and it was just the ic­ing on the cake.” Ms Teao said.

Last year Jodeci was cho­sen to be a part of the Pen­rith Pan­thers Harold Matthews un­der-16 team, as well as win­ning an AFL premier­ship with the St Clair Crows and be­ing named best and fairest player.

Jodeci also played rugby league for the Pen­rith Waratahs. He will ded­i­cate 2016 to fo­cus­ing on rugby league.

“I am still play­ing AFL but the main fo­cus for me is rugby league,” he said.

“If I had a top goal or dream it would be to play NRL; of course I would want to play for the Pan­thers – I have fol­lowed them since I was lit­tle.”

Jodeci said train­ing with the Harold Matthews squad had been re­ward­ing.

“The coach­ing staff are great and they re­ally take care of us, they are so pro­fes­sional and I am very thank­ful to have them,” he said. “The team have grown into a re­ally good bunch … we have all formed a strong broth­er­hood.

“I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to the sea­son.”

Pic­ture: PHIL ROGERS

Pic­tures: DANNY AARONS, RICHARD DOB­SON

Jodeci Lau­mua re­ceives his award from NewsLo­cal gen­eral man­ager Michael Wilkins and (in­set) Young Sport­ing Spirit win­ner Brock Eyre-Nixon.

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