It was an honour for Mitch Whiteley from ‘Bando’, Geurie to captain the Australian Schoolboys last Saturday.
The U/18 Australian Schoolboys team had an overwhelming 70-3 win against visiting Tongan schools at St Mary’s Leagues Stadium and 17-year- old Mitchell Whiteley was one of the try scorers.
It is the second time Mitch has captained an Australian team. At 15 he captained the Australian under 16s polocrosse team on a tour of South Africa.
In the weeks leading up to his recent role as captain for the Australian Schoolboys, Mitch played for NSW at the Novotell Australian Schools Rugby Championships beating Queensland in the final.
His efforts during the week-long championships saw Mitch win the Australian Schools Rugby Union (ASRU) Dr Syd Sugerman award for ‘the best team man’ at the Australian Championships for NSW 1’s.
Mitch was happy to be able to play beside two of his schoolmates from Saint Ignatius College who also secured a spot in the Australian team.
The second part of the Australian Schoolboys program is a tour to play Fiji, Samoa and New Zealand. A team pending form and injury will be renamed on August 14.
Until that time Mitch will be involved in his school’s rugby program GPS competition where he is both captain of Saint Ignatius, Riverview first XV’s and captain of the school’s rugby program.
Parents Martin and Kim are very proud of his achievements and commented that the various sporting activities provided locally played a great role in influencing and supporting kids in sports to be the best they could be.
After year 12 Mitch wants to go on to study at Sydney University and continue playing rugby.