Ned claims tournament award
NED Phillips has had an important sporting message reinforced after recording a standout performance on the footy field.
The 16-year-old was named player of the tournament at the Titans Shield Final after an eye-catching display for his Mullumbimby High School side.
His efforts helped the high school take top spot at the event, which featured other school sides and other promising young players.
Burringbar-based left winger Ned, who has been playing footy for about four years, said he was delighted to have received the accolade.
"I guess this shows that if I put in, I can succeed at things," he said.
"I won't gloat about (being player of the tournament), but I might have some fun about it with the rest of the boys. I think our teamwork was the difference today. Everyone wanted it and put in a good effort."
School sides from Grafton, Kingscliff and Kyogle also qualified for Tuesday's final, which took place at the Ballina Seagulls' Kingsford Smith Park and featured round-robin matches.
Mullumbimby coach Max Binkley said he was delighted with his side's efforts.
"It's very satisfying," he said.
"You get a lot out of seeing the boys listen to what you have told them and going out on the pitch and doing it.
"It is important they learn teamwork and leadership skills through events like this.
"I'm happy for them."