Thornlie Senior High students’ rugby league focus paying off


Thornlie Senior High School under 15 rugby players Braeden Kahu, Billy Judge, Peliata Fisiihoi, Mayson Hill and Austin Cameron.
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Thornlie Senior High School under 15 rugby players Braeden Kahu, Billy Judge, Peliata Fisiihoi, Mayson Hill and Austin Cameron. Picture: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au d455395

THERE are certainly some talented rugby players at Thornlie Senior High School, with six chosen to represent WA in the under 15s state school boys rugby league squad.

The team will compete at the Australian Secondary School Boys Rugby League under 15s championships in Port Macquarie from June 26 to July 1.

They will also have a familiar face helping them from the stands, with the school’s Maurits Bruns being named the assistant coach of the team.

In total, 20 players were selected in the squad, as well as five shadow players.

The school has a specialist rugby league and union program that has been running since 2003. There are about 120 students taking part in it.

Rod Chapman, who co-ordinates the rugby league and rugby union program at the school, said it was quite an achievement by the school.

“They have all got a fairly good background to start with,” he said.

“That year group we managed to get quite a strong cohort that came in.

“The most we ever had previously leading up to that is four.”

He said students who had previously played only union or league were crossing over and playing the other.

“Most of them actually play both,” he said.

Mr Chapman said he believed that it was going to be tough for the WA team to win the tournament, given the strength of the eastern states sides.

The school does offer some scholarships for rugby to students.