There may have been a few blue tears after this year’s State of Origin clash, but there’s at least one good news story for NSW to come out of the valley.
Bowraville Tigers’ Brodie Moore has been selected to represent New South Wales in this year’s Under 12s state league competition.
Brodie has not even hit his teen years and is already nearly six feet tall, soaring above his Tiger team mates.
The front rower went through multiple selection processes, slowly rising up the ranks, and was handpicked from a group of 260 other young talents for the state side.
Brodie has two older brothers who also play league and his eldest brother is contracted to Parramatta.
“Footy is a vital part of this community, especially for the kids,” Brodie’s mum, Jodie said.
“So Dan [Brodie’s dad] put some goals up in the back paddock for the boys when they were young, and Brodie’s been playing since he was seven.”
During a training camp last week, Brodie was awarded ‘man of the match’ against an older Manly under 13s side.
Like most footy players Brodie is a man of few words, but says he is excited about the state competition which plays in Melbourne through August 5-12.
He is an Eels man but admits to being a fan of the Cowboys’ Jason Taumalolo.
“He’s just awesome. He makes a lot of metres and it’s fun to watch,” Brodie said.
The next state competition Brodie will be eligible for after this year would be the Under 15s side, so Brodie is keen to do some fishing in the three years’ wait until then.
Brodie’s teammates wish him good luck down in Victoria, especially against Qld who are the biggest threat this year.