Gridiron boys strike gold on Gold Coast

Rugby young gun Lachlan Poor at practice on the Gold Coast.
Rugby young gun Lachlan Poor at practice on the Gold Coast.

Not only was he the youngest, but the Year 9 student was also one of his side’s quarterbacks.

‘I was a bit nervous, wondering if I should go or not and my Mum told me that it would be a great opportunity,’ he said.

‘I did and I had such a great time there; I met a lot of new friends from around the country.’

The Australians held off the US team in their first game, winning 40-36 in a match that many expected the home side to lose.

Lachlan said the win was a huge achievement and confidence boost for the young Australians.

‘We all just ran on the field and started jumping around; everyone was so happy. I knew it was going to be a close game and most people didn’t think we were going to win, but we kept trying anyway and we persevered,’ he said.

The Claremont Jets player, who discovered the sport in WA only last year, said he learned a lot from the competition in Queensland.

‘It was really fun, it was very intense training and I learned a lot from the experience. We had college coaches from America come down and coach us,’ he said.

Lachlan plans to continue playing gridiron for Claremont and dreams to one day travel to the United States to play college football.

‘I’m planning on going to college so I have to keep playing all the way and study hard and get my grades up which would help a lot to get over there,’ he said.