Brendan?s boy steers win

By AARON KELLY

YOUNG gun Ben Hunt was the toast of Dingo last night after winning Australian Secondary Schools selection.

The St Brendan's College dynamo was picked in the Australian Under-15 Merit side after steering Queensland to a thrilling title-win at the national championships at Rockhampton's Browne Park yesterday.

Hunt, already contracted to the Broncos, joined seven Queenslanders in the national squad.

He is the first CQ player since TCC's Nathan Pill in 2003 to reach such heights while current Broncos forward Darren Mapp was the last St Brendan's College player identified back in 1995.

"He's (Hunt) a terrific young player, has all the skills and has a big future ahead of him,'' St Brendan's College open coach Terry Hansen said.

The Queensland side, which also included Glenmore High's Caleb Littleboy, crushed NSW Combined High Schools 24-6 in yesterday's final after scores were locked 6-all at halftime.

Hunt's halves partner, Redcliffe State High School's Ben Jones, was named player of the championships.

Meanwhile, Blackwater's Dave Taylor is aiming to emulate Hunt's success when he lines up for the Maroons at the Australian Open Secondary Schools Championships starting in Wagga Wagga tomorrow.



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