Koori team selection spurs on greater efforts
WHEN Tyrhys Williams was informed he'd been selected for the NSW Under-16 Koori Team, he couldn't stop smiling.
The centre lock for the Casino Cougars who's known for his quiet turn of speed and strength, said he had no idea he was on the short list.
He said he was thrilled to learn he's on team playing the curtain-raiser to the Charity Shield in Mudgee on Saturday 24 February.
"Best Christmas present ever, I'm quite proud to have made it,” he said.
"I'll be stepping up what I usually do and look at doing it better.”
The Group 1 Junior Rugby League player who was picked from December's Talented Aboriginal Athlete Pathway camp, has been playing his beloved game since he was a little tacker.
Tyrhys said since he first picked up a ball, rugby has been his main focus.
"I was thrown into rugby at age four, when dad put me in the Casino U7s,” he said.
"Dad played a bit of league when he was younger and all the running just came naturally to me”.
Now standing at 1.85m and weighing in at around 75kg, Tyrhys displays a fast, robust and considered presence on the field.
His talent and potential have seen him selected for age representative sides, the Greater Northern Side and made the NSW Touch Football line-up as well as making the Northern Rivers Zone U15 Rugby League team.
His year commenced strongly when he started with Ballina playing two matches for the Seagulls and scored a double against Lismore's Marist Brothers, before he transferred in May 2017 to Casino RSM where in his first game he scored five tries against Clarence Coast.
A few days ago Casino High School named his as their Sportsman of the Year.
But the Northern Rivers will lose his talent when in 2018 Tyrhys leaves the region to become a boarder at Queenalnd's Ipswich Grammar so he can continue his involvement with the Broncos development team.
Previously, he's spent three years training with the Titans elite development squad.
In addition to his club training, Tyrhys undertakes sprint and weight training runs a couple of times a week.
"I'd like to made the NRL and play for State of Origin or Australia,” he said.
When it comes to heroes, Tyrhys said he believes Jonathan Thurston is the man to emulate.
He said the Australian international who is also a Queensland State of Origin player and Indigenous All Star representative, is literally in a league of his own.
"JT, he just changes the game completely,” he said.
"He makes things look so effortless.”
However, Tyrhys said he is very aware the younger kids in the game look up to players like him, and said there's a responsibility to the younger boys and girls to be a positive role model.
"I definitely try to do the best I can wherever I go,” he said.
"And I want to thank my family and friends for being there when I really needed them, as well as my manager Mark Stewart.”