Suc­cess runs in young­ster’s fam­ily

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Doug Con­way

MARBAM Wich­mann is fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of his older brother, win­ning se­lec­tion in the NSW un­der-12 rugby league team for a mini State of Origin-style clash against Queens­land.

The Plumpton 11-year-old is rel­ish­ing the prospect of trav­el­ling to Can­berra for the Aus­tralian cham­pi­onships, es­pe­cially his team’s open­ing match against Queens­land set for July 31.

“I feel very ex­cited and very proud,” said Marbam, whose dream is to play NRL foot­ball for Pen­rith.

“Hope­fully they do bet­ter than the real NSW Origin team,” said brother Hyrum, of the Eels un­der-16s.

Marbam, a Year 6 stu­dent at Plumpton Pub­lic School, hails from a sport­ing fam­ily, with his older sis­ter a rep­re­sen­ta­tive net­baller.

He has rep­re­sented NSW in oz­tag for the past two years and helped Pen­rith win the un­der-12 State Cup in touch foot­ball this year.

The speedy half­back has won two ti­tles since start­ing in the lo­cal St Marys team as an un­der-8, be­fore his dad Bam switched him to ri­vals Glen­more Park.

On the field he is very vo­cal, di­rect­ing the team and en­cour­ag­ing his mates

Bam Wich­mann

“He can be a bit shy and lost for words some­times,” his fa­ther said.

“But on the field he is very vo­cal, di­rect­ing the team and en­cour­ag­ing his mates.”

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Pic­ture: Justin San­son

Marbam Wich­mann has been se­lected for the NSW PSSA rugby league team.

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