JASSMIN Mihell, Brittany Coe and Tyler Harris join with the nation’s best young touch talent when the 2013 X Blades National Youth Touch Championships begin at Stockland Park, Caloundra next week.
While Mihell plays for the NSW Combined Independent Schools and Coe plays for the NSW Combined Catholic Colleges ,Harris, a Year 12 student from Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School, will play in the NSW Development team.
It’s a busy time for the talented and versatile young sportsman as his Farrer First XIII rugby league side is also playing a University Shield Final against Bathurst High in Sydney next Friday.
The 17-year-old was part of the team that won last year’s Uni Shield at Remondis Oval, Cronulla (Shark Park) against Tumut.
Next Friday, Farrer plays Bathurst at Jubilee Stadium, Kogarah but Harris won’t travel with the squad.
Instead he flies down to Sydney from the Sunshine Coast on the Thursday for the Uni Shield final, returning to the National Youth Touch Championships after the Shield Final.
“It’s a big week,” Harris said this week.
He and his teammates also play for North Tamworth in the Group 4 competition and, while the 18s won their major semi to qualify for the junior grand final on Sunday, the first grade Bears, which contains Farrer players Jake Cocking, Callum Hayne and Dylan Manicaros, qualified for the first grade grand final against West Lions with a 42-32 win over Wee Waa at Wee Waa on Sunday.
Harris has played Under 18s and a few games in first grade this year.
“It’s been a great year,” he said. “The boys were happy to win Sunday.”
A middle player in touch, he’s a hooker in league.
“Both are pretty similar,” he said.
He was selected in the NSW Development team at Wagga earlier this year playing in the regional titles and has had training camps at Tempe and Penrith.
His side plays Tasmania, Central Queensland Bulls, NSW CCC, Brisbane City Cobras, Victoria, Northern Territory, South Queensland Sharks and New Zealand 15s.
Mihell is a Year 12 student at Calrossy and been playing touch “since kindergarten”.
She was selected in the CIS team as a middle link player after selection trials in June.
She has also been travelling to Sydney for training camps and her team has round games against NZ 15s, Victoria, NT, SW Queensland Swans, ACT, South Queensland Sharks, NSW CHS and Brisbane City Cobras.
She is also a talented basketballer and was part of the Thunderbolt senior women’s basketball side that just missed a berth in the State League finals by less than one per cent.
Coe is part of a NSW Combined Catholic Colleges open side after winning selection in the June trials at Penrith.
Coe, 17, is in Year 12 at McCarthy Catholic College and, while she also plays netball, has cut back all her other sporting pastimes to concentrate on touch and her HSC.
“It’s my third year in the Opens,” Coe said.
“We were in Port Macquarie last year and Caloundra the year before that.”
Next week’s nationals begin Wednesday (September 11) and run through to Friday with playoffs and finals on the Saturday.