Brayden Duffy's huge year of sport success
ROCKHAMPTON'S next great rugby league star may have emerged this year.
Young Brayden Duffy had what can only be described as an amazing year in 2015, winning so many trophies and medals he needs a bigger cabinet.
And Emmaus College are hoping Duffy can follow in the footsteps of their most famous fullback, Cameron Munster, all the way to big league, the NRL.
Duffy 12, who also plays fullback, starts at the college next year after recently finishing primary school at St Joey's Park Avenue on a winning note. And on present form, he could well emulate the famous former student.
We will know in around six years' time.
But his club coach for the Norths Knights under-12 side and Norths' president Nathan Biles is under no illusions as to Brayden's ability and potential.
He shouldn't be, he coached the Knights under-12s to a convincing 34-14 win over the Gracemere Cubs for the premiership, Brayden scoring four tries (pictured left) in the Grand Final to ice the game for Norths.
"Brayden has a lot of speed," Biles said.
"You can't coach speed. Speed is the foundation, the building blocks, of many of the great rugby league players.
"Brayden is a real talent and he will be a player of the future, that's for sure."
Brayden knows he has the speed, he was the fastest 12-year-old in the region this year, breaking the 100 metre dash record in 12.85 seconds.
But athletics, formerly his first love, has been pushed to the background as he concentrates on rugby league.
"Athletics was my passion, but now it's taken a back seat to footy," Brayden revealed.
And he is working on hard on his step and kicking game.
"My step is alright," Brayden said.
"I mainly step off my left so I am working on getting better off my right foot."
"I have put a bit of work into my kicking game as well and it got better this year."
Brayden is circumspect about his ability to learn to kick off both feet, but when it is pointed out this would be a distinct advantage in a very competitive sport he listens intently.
Because Brayden knows what he wants.
"My goal is to play in the NRL," he said.
And he has the right attitude, admitting his favourite part of the game is not scoring tries, but tackling opponents.
"I love tackling," Brayden said. "It's great fun."
But before that, he will continue to take it one season at a time for his beloved Norths.
"I have played Norths all my career and I will stay a Norths man," he said.
"I will just take it year by year. Next season I would like to make the Capras under-13 side and we will be looking for another premiership for Norths."
Brayden knows what it will take if he is to be a professional league player.
"A lot of skill, a lot of hard work, training and practice," he replied quickly.
"And that is something I am prepared to do. But that won't be until I finish school, maybe when I am 18 or 19. There is a lot time between now and then. I want to get a little better and stronger every year."
Time, it would seem, like speed, ability and attitude are on Brayden's side.
Brayden Duffy's 2015 Achievements
- Club Rugby League
Norths Knights Rugby League
North's Best and Fairest Grand Final
Player of the Grand Final (four tries)
2015 Norths' Most Promising Junior
Norths' under-12 boys Best and Fairest
Norths' under-12 boys Player of the Year
School Rugby League - Challenge Cup Carnival
Player of the Carnival Bryne McLaughlin Medal
Player of the Grand Final
School Rugby League - Grand Final
Best and Fairest St Joey's Park Avenue
Player of the Grand Final
Representative Rugby League
Player of the Year Rockhampton Representative Rugby League
Queensland Invitational Schoolboys Rugby League team - National Carnival in Darwin
First match against ACT - Man of the Match
The Hector Hogan Trophy for fastest 12-year-old boy in the multi event category for Rockhampton region.
Broke the Rockhampton 12 year boys 100m sprint record in 12.85 secs.