Scout in­vites lo­cal ju­niors east for Can­ter­bury camp

Pilbara News - - Sport - ■ Tom Zaun­mayr

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

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Kar­ratha ju­nior rugby league player Sam Ge­orge could be des­tined for a bright fu­ture af­ter be­ing scouted by the NRL.

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