CALLUM Hayne bounces from the euphoria of scoring three tries in a schoolboy University Shield semi-final in Tamworth on Wednesday to the daunting challenge of beating Wee Waa in a Group 4 first grade preliminary final at Wee Waa’s Captain Cook Oval on Sunday.
The 17-year-old Year 12 Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School fullback was a standout in his Farrer side’s 48-10 demolition of Dubbo College in Wednesday’s Uni Shield semi-final at John Simpson Oval, Farrer.
That win has propelled Farrer to a Uni Shield final on Wednesday, September 11 at Remondis Stadium (formerly Endeavour Field), Cronulla.
Hayne was a member of Farrer’s Uni Shield-winning side over Tumut in last year’s final at Remondis Stadium and is looking forward to not only this year’s final but Sunday’s trip to Wee Waa to tackle the Panthers.
He and Farrer First XIII teammates Dylan Manicaros and Jake Cocking line up for the Bears in a knockout final to decide who plays West Lions in the grand final at Scully Park on Sunday week.
Hayne not only scored three brilliant tries but made some try-saving tackles as well as taking a heavy knock in the second half.
Typical of his commitment and courage, he was back running the ball a few tackles after having his head slammed into the John Simpson Oval turf.
“They came fired up for it early,” Hayne said of Dubbo College’s start to Wednesday’s Uni Shield semi-final.
“But or defence was pretty good, especially in the second half.”
Farrer repelled some concerted second-half attacks to keep its tryline intact and then launch some counter- attacks of their own.
“Scoring three tries was great today,” he said.
“But all the boys chipped in and worked hard.
“Jake (Cocking) and Brad (Johnston) as well as Zac Faulkner were great in the pack.
“They all made it easy for me.”
Callum is the son of former Gunnedah first grader Sean Hayne and has been making his mark in North Tamworth’s first grade side off the wing in recent weeks.
He made a vital break and 60m run that set up a match-defining try against Narrabri Blues in their first grade minor semi-final.