Footy honours for a young korora pair

KORORA Primary students Keegan Sellings and Marley Parkinson are the latest graduates to a North Coast rugby league sporting team.

The pair already share club duties with the Coffs Harbour Comets under 12 side but this will be their first time together in a regional school squad.

For five days from June 28, the boys will be in Griffith contesting the New South Wales PSSA Sports Carnival.

“We're both really excited about making the trip,” second row forward Keegan said.

“I've already played for Group 2 but this will be Marley's first major game and because he's my mate, I'm glad he's made it.”

Their selection came after a series of 'possible versus probable' matches in Evans Head.

“Our coach said we have to really lift our standards when we go to Griffith,” Marley chimed in.

“He believes we'll be one of the smallest sides taking part so it's not going to be easy.”

Keegan has an older brother also playing for the Comets but Marley has an extra advantage to help his game.

His dad is Selwyn Manz, one of the best all-round sportsmen produced in the city during the last 25 years and like dad, his position is team hooker.

“Dad also coaches our junior league team and he's great with tips about footy,” he said.

“Also, I keep hearing what a good referee he was when he stopped playing and once I'm old enough next year to do the test, I'd like to give that a go as well.”

The team will play a trial against North Western at Yamba on June 14 as final hit-out for the southern excursion.

To raise funds for the trip the boys and their families will conduct a car wash next Sunday at Jetty Car Lovers in Orlando Street between 11.00am and 2.00pm and Comets fans on their way to Advocate Park for the big match with Dunghutti Broncos are invited to call in for a wash and shine.

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