ON THE RUN: Ballina player Sam Giltrap makes a dash in a recent Ballina v Lismore rugby union game.
ON THE RUN: Ballina player Sam Giltrap makes a dash in a recent Ballina v Lismore rugby union game. Doug Eaton

Career beckons

REMEMBER the name Sam Giltrap.

Giltrap, 18, is set to move to Canberra following a standout season with Ballina in the Far North Coast Rugby Union competition.

He will join the Vikings academy for a tough pre-season and will play in the Colts competition in 2014.

Giltrap scored 15 tries this season but it will be his last try at the weekend which he remembers most.

He scored the match-winner in the Seahorses' last game of the season when they beat Wollongbar-Alstonville 24-22.

It was an all-or-nothing play with Ballina needing a win to keep its semi-finals chances alive.

Trailing 22-17, the game was well into injury time when Giltrap pulled off a freakish kick over the defence which bounced perfectly into his hands where he regathered and scored under the crossbar.

The Seahorses ended up missing out on the semi-finals by a single point because of results in other games.

However it is that sort of instinct and ability to read a game that will give Giltrap confidence of making it professionally.

"It was just one of those moments where I didn't want to drop it or stuff up," Giltrap said with relief.

"I'd done something similar the week before and it was awesome to pull it off.

"The plan is to go as far as I can with rugby."

Giltrap is a Ballina junior who finished High School at Marist College Ashgrove in Brisbane.

He was also in a Brisbane academy squad and was originally meant to play in New Zealand this year.

"I decided to play in the FNC team at the start of the year and wanted to have one more year at Ballina," Giltrap said.

"It was great to play a season with guys like Jamie Coote and it was definitely the right decision."

Ballina five-eighth Grant Knight left halfway through the season and is also with the Vikings.

The pair hope to play together in Canberra next year.

Giltrap played five-eighth and fullback this season but wants to make a name for himself at centre.

He missed a couple of games during the season when he was overseas but managed to score a try against every team in the competition he played against.



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