Ty travels for union final
TY Hetherington is battered and bruised, but the toughest week of his short sporting career is still not over.
The 17-year-old Moura footballer has already played three games of rugby league for Rockhampton Grammar over the past six days and is now preparing to travel to Townsville for the final of the Ballymore Cup with the school's rugby union outfit.
Last Saturday the lock forward ran out for RGS in an interschool clash. On Sunday he lined up against a touring English team and on Wednesday they played St Brendan's.
“It has been a big week for the boys,” Ty's father Wayne said.
“The entire Grammar league side also doubles up as the school's union team and they are off to Townsville this week to play against schools from Mackay, Townsville and Cairns.
“It's a credit to them all, to be playing both codes and to have progressed so far in the various statewide competitions.”
Ty is one of Grammar's key players and his outstanding season earned him a spot in the Queensland under-18 Confraternity Secondary Schools Rugby League team.
In fact, Ty and his front-row forward team-mate Stephen Coombe made history this year by becoming the first boys from Rockhampton Grammar to be selected in the Queensland team.
Wayne described Ty's maroon jersey as a great achievement for the Moura teen.
“When he was younger he had three operations on his knee.
“He was told that he should probably give league away, but he just kept on plugging away and this is reward for his hard work.”
The team was named after the Confraternity Shield contested in Bundaberg between 40 secondary school teams from across the Sunshine State.
The event was held over five days with St Brendan's College (Yeppoon) winning the final 36-26 against Ignatius Park (Townsville).
The Grammar boys finished fourth, losing to Padua College (Brisbane).