Scout invites local juniors east for Canterbury camp
Two Pilbara rugby league juniors will have a crack at making tracks towards an NRL career next month when they head over to Sydney for a Canterbury Bulldogs rugby camp.
Karratha local Sam George has come off the back of a busy 2015 PRL season, having played for the Karratha Roosters and Broncos sides on top of commitments with his home side at the Karratha Storm juniors.
League has been far from a lifelong dream for Sam, with the Bulldog hopeful converting from rugby union only two years ago.
“I didn’t really have much of an option (to play union) when I came up here, so I just joined the Karratha Storm and it all kind of happened from there,” he said.
“I am hoping to play in the centres but if I get picked somewhere else, I am happy to have a crack at that. This is something I would definitely love to do as a career.”
Sam is so new to the game he is yet to even have a favourite team in the NRL, a fact he said would make playing for any team easier as he held no favouritism.
Sam and Hedland’s Kelima Levi were scouted by Sport Services Australia WA representative Mahir Hodzic.
Hodzic said despite being an AFL stronghold, there was a lot of rugby league talent in the Pilbara region.
“Over the past year, we have been looking at a few different kids,” he said.
“All the clubs really got behind Sam to raise money as it costs a lot to get him over and give him a shot. We want to see these guys on the TV one day.”
Hodzic said interest in the boys had also been shown by the St George Illawarra Dragons and Cronulla Sharks.
Sam’s mother Marka watched on as her son competed in a “brutal” senior PRL grand final for the Karratha Broncos recently.
Mrs George said playing with the seniors put her son in good stead before heading off to play with the “big boys” in Sydney.
Kelima was scouted after playing for the Pilbara representative team in a Harmony Cup series last year.
I didn’t really have much of an option (to play union) when I came up here, so I just joined the Karratha Storm and it all kind of happened from there. Sam George
Karratha junior rugby league player Sam George could be destined for a bright future after being scouted by the NRL.