Giving rugby his best shot
LURED to the sport of rugby union out of the desire to “try something different”, St Joseph's College Banora Point Year 8 student Martin Campbell is glad he decided to give the code a go.
Martin, who plays for the Casuarina Beach Rugby Club, has also been selected to trial for the Gold Coast Junior Breakers representative side.
Being the only member of his family who is into rugby union, Martin said the appeal of the game was playing with “teammates and having fun”.
It's a philosophy which must be shared by his under-13 teammates, with the side undefeated so far this season in the Gold Coast junior rugby union competition.
Having only played the code for about two years, Martin, a winger, is enjoying being part of such a dominant team and said the aim of the side was to go through and win their competition again after claiming the under-12 title last year.
“We had a good season last year and so far we are doing the same again,” Martin said.
“Everyone gets on really well with each other and I'm scoring a few tries as well.”
His form on the field has impressed Gold Coast Junior Breakers selectors, with Martin being part of the team that played a trial game against the Darling Downs side last week and came away victors.
“My goal is to cement a spot in the Junior Breakers side and help keep our team on a roll,” Martin said.
“I'd like to continue in rugby union and see how far I can go.”
As for Martin's tip for this weekend's match between the Wallabies and the Barbarians - it's got to be the Wallabies of course!