Lightweight winger holds his own against bigger rugby rivals
AT 31kg, Malaki Ferguson is the lightest member of the Byron Bay Lennox Head Under-12 junior rugby league team.
But the left winger has an instinct for where the ball is headed and can run like the wind - qualities which have seen him reach the third round of selection for the state team.
The state team selected will play in the national championships in Darwin in August.
Malaki, who will also get to train with Manly for 10 days, started playing league for Evans Head at the age of six.
He joined Lennox Head aged nine and following amalgamation is now with the Red Devils/Dolphins.
Malaki has also been chosen to play for the Ballina Bullsharks Touch team in the 2015 NSW Junior State Cup, has competed three times in Little Athletics NSW state track and field championships, and oncein a swimming relay.
He and his brother Desmond were part of the team that won the Small Schools relay state championship last October.
Selection of the North Coast side competing at Cronulla was made from Tweed Heads to Port Macquarie.
The first round of trials were held at Mullumbimby and the second round at South Tweed.
Harri Rutter has also been selected from Byron Bay Lennox Head Under-12s, while Will James and Michael Roberts made the North Coast Under-11s.