HE?S No 1: Fred Sleeth, from Kyogle, above and at right, establishing himself as the number one player at the recent National A
HE?S No 1: Fred Sleeth, from Kyogle, above and at right, establishing himself as the number one player at the recent National A

Fred rules the park

By RICHARD A FORBES, Star Correspondent

KYOGLE AFL sporting star, Fred Sleeth, has achieved a moment of glory that most sportsmen only get to dream about.

AFL co-ordinator, Felicity Wooltorton, said that Fred has been selected as the overall best and fairest player at the National All Schools AFL Championships in Canberra recently.

"Fred played in the NSW team and was voted best and fairest in four of the five games and runner-up in the other," Ms Wooltorton said.

He was voted number one player, leading goal-kicker and Australian captain.

At the end of competition, Fred was also awarded the J L Williams Medal for best and fairest footballer at the championships.

This medal was first awarded in 1931 and now, Fred Sleeth joins the ranks of previous winners such as Lenny Hayes (St Kilda), Leo Barry and Nick Davis (Sydney), and Dean Soloman (Essendon).

There were only two players from NSW chosen in the Australian All Schools team ? the other was Arjuna Ediriwickrama, from Cherrybrook, in Sydney's north-west.

Fred also made his mark as the first student north of Coffs Harbour to be selected into the NSW AFL All Schools' side.

NSW coach, Trevor Burnett, described him as the most dominant ruckman at the carnival, adding that he was hardly ever beaten in the tap outs.

He has received congratulatory letters from Member for Lismore. Thomas George, and the Sydney Swans, and his ability has also been recognised by other clubs such as West Coast Eagles and Essendon and his beloved North Melbourne Kangaroos.

It seems that if this brilliant 15-year-old joins the Kangaroos, the likes of Swans ruckman, Stephen Doyle, will certainly know that he has a match on his hands.



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