Farewell class of 2017

With the formal and graduation upon us it is time to farewell the Open Rugby League Boys and celebrate their successes and futures as they embark on life beyond High School.

The whole philosophy behind the program always was and continues to be, to provide opportunities for boys who for whatever reason may not otherwise have completed High School. The trophies and accolades are obviously very nice but other than satisfy a coach’s ego they are scant indication of an improvement in student outcomes. The real gauge of success is seeing the boys graduate with real skills, determination and the knowledge that hard work yields results, valuable tools indeed in an increasingly “virtual” world.

This year the effort and determination invested by the boys gained returns in the shape of a National Championship and selections across a range of Queensland and National representative teams.

Particularly pleasing was the recognition of the leadership capabilities of Tanah Boyd and David Fifita (both off to the Broncos) who led the schools side and featured highly in the Test match wins against New Zealand. Brock Hamill will head down to the Bulldogs in Sydney and will be joined by Geordie Brand who will be sipping lattes on the beach, studying hard at uni and training with the Roosters.

Ioane Seuili looks set to take up an opportunity with the Broncs and Blake Scott will don the Black and White of the Souths Logan Magpies. Our two NSW boys will continue to ply their trade south of the border with Wade Riley opting to stay loyal to the Murwillumbah Mustangs and Damo Dumas playing at Tweed.

Jonno Siofele and Liam Hori-Clarke round out the Open A boys who are leaving and will both be valuable assets to whichever team they choose to play at.

Watching the Rugby League World Cup really highlights the futures that these graduates can aspire to with 12 boys representing teams as diverse as Italy, Tonga and New Zealand.

Good luck boys and thank you for your hard work and efforts at Keebra Park. Remember that you have earnt your opportunities and the doors of the school will always be open to you.