Steve restores our UK sporting balance
By STEVE SPINKS firstname.lastname@example.org
AUSTRALIA has struggled in every sporting contest in the United Kingdom over the past couple of years.
But Alstonville's Steve Mison and his schoolboy rugby union side have at least won back some credibility for the antipodes.
Mison was part of the successful NSW Combined High Schools touring squad which won five of its seven matches against quality UK opposition.
The two matches that the CHS side lost were by the barest of margins to powerful Irish schoolboy sides that are essentially Under-19s sides.
"We lost to Leinster Schools when they scored a try at the end to win 27-22," Mison said.
"We went down to Munster Schools by one point 25-24."
But the loss to Leinster wasn't all bad.
Player of match
Mison, who was playing as blindside flanker, was selected as the CHS team's player of the match and joined illustrious names on the perpetual trophy such as George Smith and David Lyons.a
"That was pretty good," Mison said.
"I really enjoyed playing in Ireland."
It was an outstanding effort from the 18-year-old as he had played the majority of his representative rugby in the second-row.
Besides the rugby, Mison also said he had plenty of fun on the tour meeting new people and travelling to places he had only seen on television.
On his return, the Alstonville High School student got straight back into study mode for the Higher School Certificate.
He was completing his final exam yesterday.
Now it's off to Qaueensland where he intends playing with Brisbane first grade club the Gold Coast Breakers.
Already he's joining the Academy team in an attempt to bulk up for the rigours of Brisbane footy.
Representative football runs in the blood of the Mison family.
Steve's grandfather, Bill Conlan, represented Australia at league, while his cousin is former Canterbury Bulldogs and Balmain centre Ross Conlan.
The outstanding schoolboy player was also part of the undefeated Wollongbar Under-19 side that won the Far North Coast competition this season.
However, Mison was touring the UK during September and missed the grand final.
He may have missed out on a winner's medal, but at least Mison and his team restored some Aussie pride Old Blighty.