Porirua teen’s Ori­gin mo­ment

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

There will be a Porirua con­nec­tion at to­mor­row night’s State of Ori­gin clash in Melbourne.

Bray­don Mcma­hon will be play­ing at five- eighth for Queens­land U-6s as they take on their NSW coun­ter­parts in the cur­tain-raiser for State of Ori­gin I at Eti­had Sta­dium.

A for­mer Rangikura School pupil, Mcma­hon grew up play­ing for the Porirua Vik­ings.

He at­tends Kee­bra Park State High School, one of the top rugby league schools on the Gold Coast, with alumni in­clud­ing Benji Mar­shall, Greg East­wood and Corey Nor­man.

Mcma­hon is con­tracted with the Gold Coast Ti­tans for the next two years.

His mother Maria, who was heav­ily in­volved with the Vik­ings in the 2000s, says her son faces the ‘‘game of his life- time’’, which his par­ents will be watch­ing from the stands.

‘‘He works hard, train­ing, play­ing and study­ing six days a week, ris­ing at 5am in the morn­ing. It’s all paid off and we [she and hus­band Denis] will be in the crowd sup­port­ing him, we couldn’t be prouder.’’

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