Meaney makes New South Wales team
BALLINA junior Nick Meaney has been selected to play for NSW Under-20s against Queensland in the State of Origin curtain-raiser at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Wednesday night.
He has been named at fullback with the side coached by premiership-winning Newcastle Knights and former Blues hooker Danny Buderus.
Meaney (pictured at left) had a bumper season playing for Newcastle in the Under-20s competition last year and scored some breathtaking tries along the way.
He finished the season as the National Youth Competition Player of the Year at the clubs awards night and spent the pre-season training with the Knights NRL team.
The 19-year-old was part of the Auckland Nines competition and has been playing NSW Cup with Newcastle this season.
He made his first grade debut at Ballina as a 16-year-old and is the grandson of Denis Meaney who played for Manly and the Western Suburbs.
A strong showing in the NSW colours could be what Meaney needs to get him an NRL debut.
Ballina junior Brian Kelly scored four tries in the same game in 2015 and now plays in the centres at Manly.
In 2016 Meaney played 23 NYC matches at fullback, averaging five tackle breaks per game and 19 line breaks for the season.
It came off the back of winning a second straight premiership with the Ballina Seagulls the previous year.
There he was named joint Rookie of the Year at the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League presentation night along with Marist Brothers second-rower Sam Elliott.
Elliott represented the NSW Under-18 team in the Origin curtain-raiser at the MCG while he was still playing NRRRL.