Minto follows in league star?s football footsteps


WITH the cricket season still in full swing, rising Rockhampton rugby league star Matty Minto "raised the bat" on the footy field last week.

The St Brendan's College year-12 student posted a half century for All Blacks at Browne Park on Friday night during his side's 86-14 demolition of Norths in their round-three Rockhampton junior rugby league match.

The talented five-eighth bagged six tries and 13 goals from 13 attempts, which is believed to be a Queensland record.

Minto, who is the nephew of North Queensland Cowboys' outside back, Scott Minto, is following in the footsteps of his former Rockhampton uncle.

The 16-year-old has already been touted as a player of the future, contracted to National Rugby League (NRL) powerhouse the Penrith Panthers.

He said he knew he had played well in Friday night's game, but was surprised to hear how many points he had actually scored.

"I didn't realise I'd gotten so many (points)," he said yesterday.

"I was pretty shocked."

The achievement surpasses his famous uncle's feat of seven tries in a junior game in Rockhampton many years ago, although he said that wasn't the record he was chasing.

"I was actually just wanted to beat my dad's record," he said.

"He scored 36 points in a game once."

Backing up from his incredible performance on Friday, the youngster turned out for his club on Saturday, this time for a trial game in Gladstone in a curtain-raiser to the Penrith Panthers-Central Comets trial.

He wasn't given a chance to better the record after being struck down with an injury to his arm minutes into the game.

Minto was taken to hospital by the Penrith doctors with a suspected broken arm, which turned out to be tissue and tendon damage.

Minto, a member of the Australian Institute of Sport rugby league squad, said one of his goals for this year was to gain selection in the AIS side which will travel to France for a competition later in the year.



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