Edmunds' hard yards lead to state side

INVERELL’S KC Edmunds will wear the blue of NSW at this month’s National Under 15 Rugby League Championships.

Inverell's KC Edmunds will represent NSW in Tamworth later this month.

Inverell's KC Edmunds will represent NSW in Tamworth later this month.

The tournament will be held at Tamworth’s Scully Park from June 22-27 and involve 10 schoolboys teams from across the country.

Edmunds will play for the NSW Combined High Schools side – in the front row – after impressing at last week’s trials at Myuna Bay.

“He was great,” Greater Western manager Paul Cleary said. 

“He took the hard yards, ran good lines and worked tirelessly.”

Greater Western had a great carnival finishing with two wins and a loss.

“It’s the first time in a while we’ve won two games,” Cleary said.

After going into camp on Sunday, the boys came out and beat Southern 16-14 on Monday. “We scored two late tries to get the win,” Cleary said.

 The next day they defeated Northern 20-14.

On the final day they played a red-hot Sydney Gold side and held them to their closest score for the carnival.

Cleary said after their two wins they were confident that they could match them, and they did for the first half at least.

“It was only 10-nil at half-time,” he said.

But they couldn’t go with them in the second half.

He said Edmunds really stood up in that game against the big Sydney boys.

That probably clinched his selection.

Greater Western had two players make the NSW side with second rower Feliti Mateo (Canobolas RTHS) also getting in.

Edmunds was one of eight players in the Greater Western side from North West-based schools. He was joined by Farrer’s Jake Saunders, Campbell Lindsay, Ryan Ingram, Tom Baker and Jack Patterson, Peel’s Isiah Milgate and Coonabarabran’s Harley Wood.

Saunders played a big hand in their first day win scoring a double. He scored against Northern too.

The 18s trials were also at Myuna Bay last week but the Greater Western side didn’t fare as well.